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From Down the Garden Path:

"I never say to people 'would you like to look at the garden?' because any lover of gardens, even if he sees only a lawn and a solitary herbaceous border, will ask to see it himself."

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From Garden Open Today:

"And if ever there was an 'unnatural' thing, God wot, it is a garden."

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Garden Open Tomorrow

From Garden Open Tomorrow:

"It has taken me over thirty years of tireless experiment to discover the glory of grey in the garden."

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From Merry Hall:

"There is scarcely a month in the year when you need be without some form of lily in your rooms, if you can manage to provide just a little heat for them."

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From Laughter on the Stairs:

"The conservatory is really something ... But first, we may pause for a moment in this little glass corridor, to note what we may expect to see in it?"

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From Sunlight on the Lawn:

"If you had been able to float over Meadowstream on a magic carpet you would have seen a patchwork of fields and woods, ribboned by winding lanes."

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Other Beverley Nichols Quotes

"Most of us rather like our cats to have a streak of wickedness. I should not feel quite easy in the company of any cat that walked about the house with a saintly expression."

"Being a bachelor is the first requisite of the man who wishes to form an ideal home."

"Marriage is a book of which the first chapter is written in poetry and the remaining chapters in prose."

"Do you not realize that the whole thing is miraculous? It is exactly as though your were to cut off your wife's leg, stick it in the lawn, and be greeted on the following day by an entirely new woman, sprung from the leg, advancing across the lawn to meet you. Surely, you would be surprised if, having snipped off your little finger, and pushed it into a flower pot, you were to find a miniature edition of yourself in the flower pot a day later."

"To dig in one's own earth, with one's own spade, does life hold anything better?"

"To be overcome by the fragrance of flowers is a delectable form of defeat."

"It is only to the gardener that time is a friend, giving each year more than he steals."

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