Gardens are planned spaces, usually outdoors, set aside for the display, cultivation, and enjoyment of plants and other forms of nature. The garden can incorporate both natural and man-made materials. The most common form today is known as a residential garden, but the term garden has traditionally been a more general one. Zoos, which display wild animals in simulated natural habitats, were formerly called zoological gardens. Western gardens are almost universally based on plants, with garden often signifying a shortened form of botanical garden.
- Grove nods at grove, each alley has a brother,
And half the platform just reflects the other.
The suff'ring eye inverted nature sees,
Trees cut in statues, statues thick as trees;
With here a fountain never to be play'd,
And there a summer-house that knows no shade.
- Alexander Pope, Moral Essays (1731-35), Epistle IV, line 117.
- Come into the garden, Maud,
For the black bat, night, has flown.
- Alfred Tennyson, Maud; A Monodrama (1855), XXII. 1.
- Si hortum in bibliotheca habes, nihil deerit.
- If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.
- Cicero, Ad Familiares IX, 4, to Varro.
Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations
- Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 307.
- God Almighty first planted a garden.
- Francis Bacon, Of Gardens.
- My garden is a lovesome thing—God wot!
The veriest school
Of peace; and yet the fool
Contends that God is not.—
Not God in gardens! When the sun is cool?
Nay, but I have a sign!
'Tis very sure God walks in mine.
- Thomas Edward Brown, My Garden.
- God the first garden made, and the first city Cain.
- Abraham Cowley, The Garden, Essay V.
- My garden is a forest ledge
Which older forests bound;
The banks slope down to the blue lake-edge,
Then plunge to depths profound!
- Ralph Waldo Emerson, My Garden, Stanza 3.
- One is nearer God's heart in a garden
Than anywhere else on earth.
- Dorothy Frances Gurney, God's Garden.
- An album is a garden, not for show
Planted, but use; where wholesome herbs should grow.
- Charles Lamb, In an Album to a Clergyman's Lady.
- I walk down the garden paths,
And all the daffodils
Are blowing, and the bright blue squills.
I walk down the patterned garden-paths
In my stiff, brocaded gown.
With my powdered hair, and jewelled fan,
I too am a rare
Pattern. As I wander down
The garden paths.
- Amy Lowell, Patterns.
- And add to these retired Leisure,
That in trim gardens takes his pleasure.
- John Milton, Il Pensoroso, line 49.
- A little garden square and wall'd;
And in it throve an ancient evergreen,
A yew-tree, and all round it ran a walk
Of shingle, and a walk divided it.
- Alfred Tennyson, Enoch Arden, line 731.
- The garden lies,
A league of grass, wash'd by a slow broad stream.
- Alfred Tennyson, Gardener's Daughter, line 40.
- The splash and stir
Of fountains spouted up and showering down
In meshes of the jasmine and the rose:
And all about us peal'd the nightingale,
Rapt in her song, and careless of the snare.
- Alfred Tennyson, The Princess (1847), Part I, line 214.
- A little garden Little Jowett made,
And fenced it with a little palisade;
If you would know the mind of little Jowett,
This little garden don't a little show it.
- Francis Wrangham, Epigram on Dr. Joseph Jowett. Familiarly known as "Jowett's little garden." Claimed for William Lort Mansel and Mr. Horry.