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A few words of garden wisdom

We always enjoy reading plaques in gardens when they contain words of wisdom. There are so many plaques around aimed at gardeners that are simply too twee and really of no use in the garden.

I thought you may like to see the few we have displayed throughout our patch.

First off is this simple phrase. If “Life’s Good in the Garden” is not true in your patch then you are probably due a rethink!

This next plaque was bought from Prince Charles’ garden when we visited last week. It is certainly true of his garden at Highgrove and we hope our garden at Avocet is also “a garden which delights the eye warms the heart and feeds the soul”. 


This larger plaque was discovered in the shop of a National Trust garden we recently visited and we both warmed to it. We love its sentiment, “A garden is a friend you can visit anytime.”  We love the idea of our garden being a friend and we visit it every day.



The final plaque is a terracotta piece created by my brother Derrick and I believe the text is from an Indian philosopher. “If you would be happy for a week take a wife. If you would be happy for a month kill your pig. If you would be happy forever plant a garden.”

I definitely agree with the the third idea but definitely not the first two!



By greenbenchramblings

A retired primary school head teacher, I now spend much of my time gardening in our quarter acre plot in rural Shropshire south of Shrewsbury. I share my garden with Jude my wife a newly retired teacher , eight assorted chickens and a plethora of wildlife. Jude does all the heavy work as I have a damaged spine and right leg. We also garden on an allotment nearby. We are interested in all things related to gardens, green issues and wildlife.

5 replies on “A few words of garden wisdom”

Love your choices with my favorite being ‘a garden is a friend you can visit anytime.’ Right before I read your post, I was printing the sign ‘leave room in your garden for the fairies to dance’ to go with a fairy house I’m taking to our MG plant sale today. Timely indeed. 🙂

I love your newly purchased plague. I enjoy seeing words of wisdom and comical signs throughout the garden. It makes them a bit more whimsical and visually appealing.

Marc, these are great. At Ladew Topiary Gardens in Maryland, USA, that third sentiment is displayed across three steps with the attribution of “Ancient Chinese proverb.”Amusing at any rate. The second quote really speaks to me. I am searching for just the right phrase to capture my relationship with my garden–probably has “healing” and “peace” and “calm” within.

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