Betty's Perennial Gardens




For when we nurture a garden, we also nurture ourselves.

Let us give thanks . . .
for children who are our second planting,
and though they grow like weeds
and the wind too soon blows them away,
may they forgive us our cultivation
and fondly remember where their roots are.

Reverend Max Coots


Kelly and Justin


Where flowers bloom, so does hope.
Lady Bird Johnson

A yard is a blank canvas waiting for an artist's brush.
Stephanie Buckley


Teach us delight in simple things.
Rudyard Kipling

A loyal gardener always finds a way.
Marion Owen

Bloom where you are planted.
Nancy Reader Campion's Aunt Grace


Let us be grateful to people
who make us happy,
they are the charming gardeners
who make our souls blossom.

Marcel Proust


Anything which grows
is always more beautiful
to look at than
anything which is built.

Lin Yu Tank

Grandma Betty and Justin
Summer of 2000

Life is a great big canvas, throw all the paint you can at it.
Danny Kaye


Sometimes words aren't needed at all.
Emily King

Grandma Betty and Craig


Ryan and Justin
Summer of 2002

You don't have a garden just for yourself.
You have it to share.
Augusta Carter


Scott and Craig
Easter 2004

Life affords no greater responsibility, no greater privilege, than the raising of the next generation.
C. Everett Koop, M. D.



It's our nature to find beauty, even in the most unexpected places.
Without it, humankind would have died out long ago from sheer misery.
And that is why I give thanks for gardens.

Hillary Nelson

If you enjoyed the garden verses, read them all in A Little Spoonful of Chicken Soup for the Gardener's Soul.

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