Henry Mitchell

1923 - 1993

A Quote by Henry Mitchell on chaos, garden, hell, nature, and pride

There are no green thumbs or black thumbs. There are only gardeners and non-gardeners. Gardeners are the ones who ruin after ruin get on with the high defiance of nature herself, creating, in the very face of her chaos and tornado, the bower of roses and the pride of irises. It sounds very well to garden a 'natural way'. You may see the natural way in any desert, any swamp, any leech-filled laurel hell. Defiance, on the other hand, is what makes gardeners.

Henry Mitchell (1923 - 1993)

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A Quote by Henry Mitchell on animals, conservatism, death, earth, fortune, and garden

Toads are conservative animals, I think, and not much given to expecting the best from fortune. Some weeks ago, well before the end of October, I accidentally dug up one while turning over some garden earth. I was surprised, naturally, when one of the clods heaved over on its die and there, in some annoyance, sat at toad.

Henry Mitchell (1923 - 1993)

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A Quote by Henry Mitchell on garden

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Henry Mitchell (1923 - 1993)

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A Quote by Henry Mitchell on garden, heart, plants, and weather

There is nothing like the first hot days of spring when the gardener stops wondering if it's too soon to plant the dahlias and starts wondering if it's too late. Even the most beautiful weather will not allay the gardener's notion (well-founded actually) that he is somehow too late, too soon, or that he has too much stuff going on or not enough. For the garden is the stage on which the gardener exults and agonizes out every crest and chasm of the heart.

Henry Mitchell (1923 - 1993)

Source: The Essential Earthman, p. 17

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A Quote by Henry Mitchell on inferiority, questions, superiority, and wilderness

Gardening is a long road, with many detours and way stations, and here we all are at one point or another. It's not a question of superior or inferior taste, merely a question of which detour we are on at the moment. Getting there (as they say) is not important; the wandering about in the wilderness or in the olive groves or in the bayous is the whole point.

Henry Mitchell (1923 - 1993)

Source: Gardening Is a Long Road, 1998

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A Quote by Henry Mitchell on garden and pain

Now the gardener is the one who has seen everything ruined so many times that (even as his pain increases with each loss) he comprehends - truly knows - that where there was a garden once, it can be again, or where there never was, there yet can be a garden.

Henry Mitchell (1923 - 1993)

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A Quote by Henry Mitchell on facts and plants

The mere fact that you get a lot of seeds in a packet doesn't mean you have to plant all of them.

Henry Mitchell (1923 - 1993)

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