Gardening Proverbs - true gems...



Gardening proverbs can take you back to another place in time...

Case #1: Growing up I remember my grandmother having the most beautiful garden; roses, daisies, lavender... you name it she had it. Just reading a Gardening proverb, I can almost smell her sweet perfume and hear her calling me for supper. It may sound a little corny, but we all have things that trigger our memories. Anything gardening does if for me.

Although my grandmother grew up in the city (Kaunas, Lithuania) she always dreamed of having a farm, or at lease something in the country. Her thought's were consumed with making this dream a reality. She even nicknamed my older sister "Bitute" - which means "little bee." Now that may just be a coincidence, but I don't think so.

Case #2: The Huntington Library...if you haven't been, it is a must, no matter your age. When my sister and I were young, we remember often having guests visiting from out of town and the Huntington Library near Pasadena, California was my grandfather's favorite place to take them. With it's beautifully kept grounds, it's variety of every blooming living thing you could imagine. Every one of your senses was delighted. I never wanted to leave. Luckily, I knew I'd be back in a few months with my grandfather and another lucky visitor!


The garden is the poor man's apothecary
German proverb

Every garden may have some weeds
English proverb

When eating a fruit, think of the person who planted the tree
Vietnamese proverb

Friends are flowers that never fade
English proverb

Don't allow the grass to grow on the path of friendship
Native American proverb

God gives every bird a worm, but he does not throw it in the nest
Swedish proverb

Keep a tree green in your heart and perhaps a singing bird will come
Chinese proverb

Though a tree grows so high, the falling leaves return to the root
Maylay proverb

He that plants thorns must never expect to gather roses
English proverb

The sluggard does not plow after the season, so he begs during the harvest and has nothing.
The Bible; Proverbs 20:4

As is the gardener, such is the garden
Hebrew proverb

The gardener's hands are black with earth but his loaves are white
Albanian proverb

The way of cultivation is not easy. He who plants a garden plants happiness.
Chinese proverb

The rose has thorns only for those who would gather it.
Chinese proverb

A thorn defends the rose, harming only those who would steal the blossom.
Chinese proverb

Tickle it with a hoe and it will laugh into a harvest.
English proverb

Avoid suspicion: when you're walking through your neighbor's melon patch, don't tie your shoe.
Chinese proverb

Knowledge is like a garden: if it is not cultivated, it cannot be harvested.
African proverb

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