Mrs. Aitch's File Cabinet of Ideas for Nature Study Lessons

Nature Quotes

Nature Quotes for Quoting and Illustrating
in Your Nature Journal & Sketchbook

The kiss of the sun for pardon,
The song of the birds for mirth,
One is nearer God’s heart in a garden
Than anywhere else on Earth.
                    ~ Dorothy Frances Gurney ‘Garden Thoughts’

God Almighty first planted a garden.   
And indeed, it is the purest of human pleasure. 
It is the greatest refreshment to the spirits of man.
                   ~ Francis Bacon ‘Essays’

The very act of planting a seed in the earth has in it to me something beautiful … I watch my garden beds after they are sown, and think how one of God’s exquisite miracles is going on beneath the dark earth out of sight.
                   ~ Celia Thaxter ‘My Island Garden’

I think that if ever a mortal heard the voice of God 
it would be in a garden at the cool of the day.’
                   ~ F. Frankfort Moore ‘A Garden of Peace’

If you want to be happy all your life, plant a garden.
                   ~ Chinese proverb

Though a life of retreat offers various joys,
None, I think, will compare with the time one employs
In the study of herbs or in the strive to gain
Some practical knowledge of nature’s domain.
                   ~ Abbot Walafrid Strabo ‘Hortulus’

A morning-glory at my window 
satisfies me more than the metaphysics of books.
                   ~ Walt Whitman ‘Song of Myself’

Gardening has compensations out of all proportion to its goals.  
 It is creation in the pure sense.
        ~ Phyllis McGinley ‘The Province of the Heart’

The man who has planted a garden feels that he has done something for the good of the whole world.
                   ~ Charles Dudley Warner ‘My Summer in a Garden’

I have often thought that if heaven had given me choice of my position and calling, it should have been on a rich spot of earth, well watered …. 
No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the Earth.
                   ~ Thomas Jefferson

A garden:  a thing of beauty and a job forever.
                   ~ Anonymous

I think the true gardener is the reverent servant of Nature, 
not her truculent master.
                   ~ Reginald Farrer ‘In a Yorkshire Garden, 1909’

Flowers … seem to smile; some have a sad expression; 
some are pensive and diffident; 
others again are plain, honest and upright, 
like the broad-faced sunflower and the hollyhock.
                   ~ Henry Ward Beecher ‘Star Papers:  A Discourse of Flowers’

Sweet is the garden, white with bloom,
Heavy with honey, drenched with scent
~ Katharine Tynan Hinkson ‘Love Content’

No evening scents, I think, have the fascination of the delicate fragrance of the evening primroses, especially that of the commonest variety.  Those pale moons irradiate the twilight with their sweet elusive perfumes.
                   ~ Eleanour Sinclair Rohde ‘The Scented Garden’

How beautiful a garden is when all the fruit-trees are in bloom, 
and how various that bloom is!
                   ~ Henry Bright ‘A Year in a Lancashire Garden, 1901’

No pear-blossom can compare with the beauty of blossom 
on the apple-trees…when every bough is laden with clusters 
of deep-red buds, which shade off into the softest rosy white, 
as one by one their blossoms open out.
                   ~ Henry Bright ‘A Year in a Lancashire Garden, 1901’

Just now the lilac is in bloom
All before my little room;
And in my flower-beds, I think,
Smile the carnation and the pink;
And down the borders, well I know,
The poppy and the pansy blow…
                   ~ Robert Brooke ‘The Old Vicarage, Grantchester’

We once had a lily here that bore 108 flowers on one stalk….
The bees came from miles and miles…
                   ~ Edith Sitwell

I wish I could in any words paint 
the hues of these splendid delphiniums;
Such shades of melting blue, 
some light, others dark, 
some like the summer heaven,
And some dashed across their pale azure wings with delicious rose.
                   ~ Celia Thaxter ‘An Island Garden, 1894’

Here are sweet peas, on tip-toe for a flight,
With wings of gentle flush o’er delicate white,
And taper fingers catching at all thigns,
To bind them all about with tiny rings.
                   ~ John Keats

Such geraniums!  It does not become us poor mortals to be vain – but, really, my geraniums!
                   ~ Mary Mitford ‘Our Village’

Earth laughs in flowers.
                   ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ‘Hamatreya’

Nature Hike

Take a walk outside your own home. Look around at all the signs of Spring in your own backyard! What do you smell? What do you see? What do you hear? Fresh earth, budding plants and trees, birds chirping? How does the wind feel against your cheek?

Keep your nature journal handy....summer is a busy time in the natural world! Jot the occasion, date, time, weather, and anything unusual. Make a simple sketch to help you remember. Doesn't have to look like da Vinci! Just your sketch.

Take note of a special tree in your yard. Keep track of it during each season. Sketch one or two branches right now. Take note of the buds or twigs. Date the sketch, add the time of day, something about the weather. Yeah! That wasn't so hard!!