University of Vermont Extension System
Department of Plant and Soil Science

Dr. Leonard P. Perry, Extension Associate Professor

Who said that? 

Below is a quiz to test your knowledge of horticultural literature, and to help you become acquainted with some of its contributors, to give some food for thought, and to just provide a brief moment of fun (hopefully!). Match the quote in the left column with its correct author in the right column. Answers are at the end. 

Quotes Authors
1. "Why send to Europe's distant shores for plants which grow at our own doors?" a. Marcus Porcius Cata (b. 234BC), Roman statesman

2. "Show me your garden and I shall tell you who you are."


b. Louise and James Bush-Brown (b. 1900, b. 1903) American horticulturists and authors


3. "Gardening is a craft, a science, and an art. To practice it well requires the enthusiasm of the true amateur and the understanding of the true student."


c. Arthur C. Coxe (b. 1900), English writer


4. "The best fertilizer for a piece of land is the footprints of its owner."

d. Eleanor Perenyi (b. 1920), Hungarian-born writer

5. "Flowers are words which even a baby may understand."

e. title page, New Lebanon Shaker medicinal plants catalog

6. "Probably more pests can be controlled in an armchair in front of a February fire with a garden notebook and a seed catalog than can ever be knocked out in hand-to-hand combat in the garden."

f. Lyndon B. Johnson (b. 1908), American president

7. "A killing frost devastates the heart as well as the garden."

g. Ralph Waldo Emerson (b. 1803), American philosopher and essayist

8. "Gardening successfully with children gives them a gift and a solace that will last longer than any other we can provide. But it also reminds us of why we started gardening in the first place, and why it matters, and why we still do it."

h. Joe Eck, 20th century American landscape designer and author

9. "A city garden, especially of one who has no other, ought to be planted and ornamented with all possible care."

i. Alfred Austin (b. 1857), English writer

10. "Earth laughs in flowers."

j. Neely Turner (b. 1900), American entomologist

11. "I'm still devoted to the garden...although an old man, I am but a young gardener."


k. Chinese proverb


12. "He who plants a garden, plants happiness."

l. Thomas Jefferson (b. 1743), American President



1e, 2i, 3b, 4f, 5c, 6j, 7d, 8h, 9a, 10g, 11l, 12k

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