Unearthed Words

Words inspired by the garden are the sweetest,

most beautiful words of all.

Journals and poems, musings and books, are a vital part of Botanical History.

And, every now and then, people manage to capture the beauty

and the essence of the garden with words...

The Daily Gardener works to find these words,

celebrate them, and share them with you

in a segment of the show called

Unearthed Words.

Think like a Rose

The serene philosophy of the pink Rose is steadying.
Its fragrant, delicate petals open fully and are ready to fall,
without regret or disillusion,
after only a day in the sun.

It is so every summer.

One can almost hear their pink,
fragrant murmur
as they settle down upon the grass:
Summer, summer, it will always be summer.
— Rachel Peden, environmentalist, newspaper columnist, and author


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Poems by Season

Gardener’s , like everyone else...

live second by second and minute by minute. What we see at one particular moment
is then and there before us. But there is a second way of seeing.
Seeing with the eye of memory, not the eye of our anatomy,
calls up days and seasons past and years gone by.

- Allen Lacy, The Gardener’s Eye, 1992

Gardening is not a rational act...

What matters is the immersion of the hands in the earth,
that ancient ceremony of which the Pope kissing the tarmac is merely a pallid vestigial remnant.
In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.

- Margaret Atwood, Canadian Writer

For gardeners...

this is the season of lists and callow hopefulness;
hundreds of thousands of bewitched readers are poring over their catalogs,
making lists . . . and dreaming their dreams.

- Katharine White, “A Romp in the Catalogues,” The New Yorker, 1958, collected in Onward and Upward in the Garden, 1979

I have seen women...

looking at jewelry ads with a misty eye and one hand resting on the heart,
and I only know what they’re feeling because that’s how I read the seed catalogs in January.

-  Barbara Kingsolver, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, 2007

Good gardeners...

are always young in spirit, for their minds are fixed on spring when others feel only the bitter sting of winter.

– Mary Fanton-Roberts, 1864-1956, American author, in The Touchstone, Oct. 1917

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