We get it, not everyone has a green thumb. But surely after some practice, you’ll grow one too! Here are 21 green thumb quotes and sayings to help foster it.

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History of the Green Thumb

According to different sources, it comes from the fact that repeatedly handling the outsides of clay pots coated with algae turned one’s fingers green.

There’s also a theory where King Edward loved fresh green peas so much that he had laborers working to keep him supplied. He gave a prize to the worker with the greenest thumb, stained from hours of shelling.

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If you have a knack for growing plants, then you’re termed as someone who has a green thumb. These are people who make every plant they touch bloom and turn into wonderful things. And we get it, you may not have it now. But surely, after some time, practice, and a bit of trial and error, you’ll slowly grow into your green thumb (or shall we say light-green thumb for a start? haha).

After all, a green thumb may just be a myth. Even master gardeners have killed a plant or two under their care.

Green thumb or not, everyone enjoys a bit of reading up on green thumb quotes and sayings. So below, we’ve listed the best master gardener quotes and charming gardeners quotes. Enjoy!

10 Master Gardener Quotes

#1 “You know you are a hardcore gardener if you deadhead flowers in other people’s garden.” ― Sue Careless

#2 “I used to think people were born with a love for plants and growing things.

I now realize that learning to garden is like beginning a new relationship. It is awkward and uncomfortable at the beginning, but once you invest enough time into it, you can’t imagine your life without it.

The only way to be certain the relationship is going to last is to go through hard times and discover that you still want to fight for it. “ ― Sarah Koontz (happy homemade)

#3 “As the garden grows so does the gardener.” ― Anonymous

#4 “You must fail at gardening to master it.” ― Anonymous

#5 “If you wish to make anything grow, you must understand it, and understand it in a very real sense. ‘Green fingers’ are a fact, and a mystery only to the unpracticed. But green fingers are the extensions of a verdant heart.” ― Russell Page

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#6 “When all the chores are done, the avid gardener will invent some new ones.” ― Anonymous

#7 “How do you know you are a Master Gardener? There is a decorative compost container on your kitchen counter.” ― Anonymous

#8 “Today, I’m trying to be an awesome master gardener. But I’m exhausted from being such a freaking awesome master gardener yesterday.” ― Anonymous

#9 “A garden requires patient labor and attention. Plants do not grow merely to satisfy ambitions or to fulfill good intentions. They thrive because someone expended effort on them.” – Liberty Hyde Bailey

#10 “Let no one think that real gardening is a bucolic and meditative occupation. It is an insatiable passion, like everything else to which a man gives his heart.” ― Karel Capek

11 Charming Gardeners Quote

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#1 “As I leave the garden, I take with me a renewed view. And a quiet soul.” ― Jessica Coupe

#2 “Nothing feels like home more than a garden full of gorgeous plants.” ― Anonymous

#3 “Gardens are not made by singing ‘Oh, how beautiful,’ and sitting in the shade. “ ― Rudyard Kipling

#4 “I do some of my best thinking while pulling weeds.” — Martha Smith

#5 “Every time you plant a flower, you plant a little happiness along with it.” ― Anonymous

#6 “Time spent tending to your garden is never time wasted.” — Katrina Mayer

#7 “If I had a flower for every time I thought of you, I could walk in my garden forever.” — Alfred Lord Tennyson

#8 “A dried plant is nothing but a sign to plant a new one.” — Priyansh Shah

#9 “All gardening is landscape painting.” ― William Kent

#10 “Gardening requires lots of water – most of it in the form of perspiration.” — Lou Erickson

#11 “There are no gardening mistakes, only experiments.” — Janet Kilburn Phillips

Wrapping Up

Gardening, as with most hobbies, is a developed skill that requires time, effort, and some trial and error. Actually, scratch that, lots of trials and errors!

It may take some time before you get a hang of the specifics in the garden. The location, humidity, watering, sun exposure, or even the pots you put the plants on. So cut yourself some slack when a plant or two (or three) does not turn out okay. Remember that each failure is progress towards achieving the acclaimed green thumb.

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