A few great quotes on gardening and its value:
Gardening is not trivial. If you believe that it is, closely examine why you feel that way. You may discover that this attitude has been forced upon you by mass media and the crass culture it creates and maintains. The fact is, gardening is just the opposite — it is, or should be, a central, basic expression of human life.
– Andrew Weil
Weather means more when you have a garden. There’s nothing like listening to a shower and thinking how it is soaking in around your green beans.
– Marcelene Cox
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
The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just on the body, but the soul.
– Alfred Austin
A man has made at least a start on discovering the meaning of human life when he plants shade trees under which he knows full well he will never sit.
– D. Elton Trueblood