Ancient Chinese Saying

"Ere man is aware
That the Spring is here
The flowers have found it out"


“A garden is to grow people”

“The way to tell the difference between a cultivated plant and a weed is to pull it up. If it comes back, it was a weed”

Arab Proverb

"A good book is like a garden carried in the pocket."


"In all things of nature there is something marvelous."

Minnie Aumonier

"When the world wearies and society ceases to satisfy, there is always the garden."

Francis Bacon

"Gardening is the purest of human pleasures."

Wendell Berry

“in human culture is the preservation of wilderness” (Take it to mean that its too late now to do nothing).

"I rest in the grace of the world, and am free."

Ambrose Bierce: The Devil's Dictionary

History, n. An account mostly false, of events mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers, mostly knaves and soldiers, mostly fools.

William Blake

"To the Eyes of the Man of imagination, Nature is imagination itself."

Lancelot "Capability" Brown

"Placemaking, and a good English Garden depend entirely on principle and have very little to do with fashion."

"Nature abhors a straight line."


"You can search the whole universe and not find a single being more worthy of love than yourself."

Rachel Carson

"If I had influence with the good fairy…I should ask that her gift to each child in the world be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life."

George Washington Carver

"Never a day passes but that I do myself the honor to commune with some of nature’s varied forms."

Walter de la Mare (b. 1873)

"Of all the trees in England, Oak, Elder, Elm and Thorn, the Yew alone burns lamps of peace for them that lie forlorn"

Will Durant

"Philosophy is harmonized knowledge making a harmonious life; it is the self-discipline which lifts us to serenity and freedom.
Knowledge is power, but only wisdom is liberty"

Albert Einstein

"Look deep into Nature and then you will understand everything better."

Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Flowers…are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty out values all the utilities of the world."

“a weed is simply a plant whose virtues we haven’t yet discovered”

"Earth laughs in flowers"

Lou Erickson

"Gardening requires a lot of water - most of it in the form of perspiration."

William Fulkner: Requiem for a Nun

The past is never dead. It's not even past.

Benjamin Franklin

"When the well’s dry, we know the worth of water."

Kalil Gibran

"Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror."


"No man ever steps in the same river twice,
for its not the same river and its not the same man"

Helen Humphrey's The Lost Garden

"The best gardens are a perfect balance of order and chaos."

Kobayashi Issa

"In the cherry blossom's shade there's no such thing as a stranger."

Thomas Jefferson

"No occupation is so delightful to me
as the culture of the earth,
and no culture comparable
to that of the garden."

Lady Bird Johnson

"Where flowers bloom so does hope."


"Rare is the union of beauty and purity."

Lucy Lascom

He who plants a tree plants a hope."

Aldo Leopold

"The real substance of conservation lies not in the physical projects of government, but in the mental processes of citizens."

"We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect."

Abraham Lincoln

"Die when I may, I want it said by those
who knew me best that I always plucked
a thistle and planted a flower where
I thought a flower would grow."

Margaret Mead

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has."


"To work in nature is to witness miracles every day."

John Muir

"Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul."

"When we try to pick out anything by itself we find it hitched to everything else in the universe."

"Let children walk with Nature, let them see the beautiful blendings and communions of death and life, their joyous inseparable unity, as taught in woods and meadows, plains and mountains and streams of our blessed star, and they will learn that death is stingless indeed, and as beautiful as life.

"Going to the woods is going home."

Anais Nin

"And the day came when the risk to remain in a tight bud was more painful than the risk it took to bloom."

Mary Oliver

"Walk slowly and bow often."

George Orwell

"The quickest way of ending a war is to lose it."

Blaise Pascal

"The least movement is important to all nature. The entire ocean is affected by a pebble."

Persian Proverb

"If you have but two coins, use one for bread to feed the body and the other for hyacinths to feed the soul.

Marcel Proust

"The journey of discovery lies not in seeking new landscapes, but in seeing with new eyes"

Teddy Roosevelt

No one cares how much,
You know, until they know
How much you care.

William Shakespeare

"One touch of nature makes the whole world kin."

Robert Louis Stevenson

"Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap,
but by the seed you plant."

Sara Stein

“Value the land for the life it harbors”


"Beauty has a short-lived reign."

Mother Theresa

"We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But if that drop was not in the ocean, I think the ocean would be less because of that missing drop."

Henry David Thoreau

"Every blade in the field -
every leaf in the forest -
lays down its life in its season
as beautifully as it was taken up."

"In wildness is the preservation of the world."

"It takes two to speak the truth, one to speak, and another to hear."

Edward O. Wilson

"Nature holds the key to our aesthetic, intellectual, cognitive and even spiritual satisfaction."


Autumn arrives in Williamsburg on a timeless breeze - with a thrilling chill, the smoky aroma of wood - burning fires, and a train of gold, rust and brown leaves dancing along brick walkways.

Autumn is a time of transformation and celebration, where nature dances in spectacular colors and the landscape fades into winter. Just like you, Williamsburg's feathered visitors prepare for the upcoming season.