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I agree after a few hours in the garden your mind is content, lungs full of fresh air and you acquire that happy satisfied feeling that something has been nutured for the good and betterment of all.
It's easy to say gardening makes you happy when the sun is shining and plants and crops are giving their all, and there's time to sit and admire your handiwork. But it's the 'getting there' that really makes you glow, in more ways than one! All the hard graft through cold, wet, dreary days clearing and sowing, scraping and painting, digging and hoeing. In your mind's eye you imagine how it will all look when it's finished. Planning, scheming and dreaming. And when it all comes together with an exuberant fanfare of colour and scent you can pat yourself on your back and say, 'I did that.' No wonder gardeners are such happy bunnies!
Roy Hill
I wouldn't call me "happy". Happier because of the garden, certainly.

Gnarled apple trees? How about trading for sorry state specimen brought back to health by vigorous pruning? The obvious fungus has gone. The pruning saw had a good clean-up after the event. The water shoots have been thinned and now summer pruned. It may be a bit before the tree fruits again. The anticipation and optimism may get get me. Next year it will be the largest of the three because all the fruit is out of reach. Someone didn't prune and also bought it grafted onto a rather more vigourous root stock. The tree may yet be turned around, despite the deep fissures in the bark. The delights of an 'inherited' garden. The brambles look like they're going to give a bumper crop. Wait 'n' see.
Well, I wouldn't say I get lungs of fresh air, I live above the M25 and sandwiched between 2 Railway tracks. I wouldn't be without my garden though it is my space to walk into when I want to.
My patch to grow from seed and cuttings and to share what I grow with friends and neighbours. I purchased my first gardening book when I was living in a flat in London. My children were 14 and 16 years old before I achieved the goal for a garden but I did it.
I still have that first book 50 years later and still gardening.
I agree that gardening can make one happy and I get a huge thrill from raising new plants from cuttings etc. However as an increasingly arthritic 66 year old with a largish garden I also find it increasingly depressing as I cannot cope with the work and tend to walk around despairingly looking at all the things that need doing but I can't manage. Despite what one might think it is quite difficult to get anyone to weed etc for a reasonable price. Most "professional gardeners" just want to cut lawns once a week and keep hedges in check. When I did get someone in he pulled up one or two plants and broke a window while strimming! Yes I love my garden and getting a new plant I haven't got but it is a burden too.



i love gardening and it makes you happy and it also takes you away from all your torubles.. as you wander round dead heading or digging or planting.. your mind is suddenly taken to where you are thinkin about moving that plant in the autumn as it doesnt look quite right there.. or that you will change the colour scheme next year and gor for plants that wow y and impact out.. or that the borders need to be bigger because you cant get the plants you have just bought or or  grown from your cuttings and need to go in.. and you have no room left.

and then wanders off to think oooh! must take cuttings or collect those seed heads and grow some more of those next year as i like them

then stop to have chat with the lady who has just stopped to admire your garden and buy few plants you have for sale.... as you grew far too many this year again... and talk gardening and all things plants and nature for a good half hour.. before you get back to it.. before finding yourself thinkg "oh could do with a cuppa" and head off to make one then wander back to your favourite bench to sit and admire your handywork.. and smile as you enjoy the flowers and buzz of bees and birds singing.

or is that just me i found it a complete healer when dealing with my husbands cancer.. it as only place i could go to forget it for just an hour or two.


What you like doing is what makes you happy. Gardening to a large extent is outside housework. Grass cutting=vacuum cleaning; weeding =- dusting and so on. Who would claim that housework makes one happy except for some of these people with OCD or close to it?

Being out side is a pleasure, but gardening?........................not so sure myself.


And before you jump on me if there was a thingy for tongue in cheek I would use it!

I agree.  Gardening is productive (most of the time) and sometimes a challenge (we all need a challenge sometimes), and I agree with ArtWorks that we nurture.  HOwever, I can never just sit and enjoy with a cup of tea (or glass of wine, depending on the time of day).  Just as I get settled, I see some deadheading or a weed that I just HAVE to get up and see to.


I have to agree with Linda. Always loved gardening and enjoyed changing the design of mine many times over the years.  However, I can now be reduced to tears when I find there are things I used to do that I can no longer manage and have to rely on a family member to do it for me, when they have time. 

That doesn't mean that I would want to be without my garden and have just metioned to another poster that I met an elderly couple this week who, sadly, were contemplating moving into a retirement complex as their garden, even with a gardener, had just become too much for them.  I hope I never have to do that.

sarahford , you have said it all , and it doesnt stop with your own garden either!

I go to my daughter and sons , I  find it impossible to JUST walk around the garden . I dead head there too , my son who is 150 miles away tells me many a time he wishes I lived nearer- but Im glad that I dont  as Id never get my own done! 

But yes gardening does make me happy - my only moan is that now Im getting older I cant bend as good , I can't lift too good and when I need to get up from my knees after weeding borders I have to kneewalk to the washing line post to pull myself up whilst checking round that nobody is watching me - mainly my husband who thinks Im crackers- his theory is that if one cant get up from ones kneas then why get down on them in the first place !? and I answer him with " only a gardener would know THAT answer  as  I'm sure many on here knows what I mean ! 

I love gardening, the pleasure of seeing the results of growing plants from seeds and the development throughout the year enthralls me. I was a legal secretary, but following the birth of my son, and having taken some time out to be a mummy, I am setting up my own garden maintenance company to fit in with my son to still have as much time with my son as possible and to enable me to fit in with my son's nursery and school hours as he grows.
with my ename I was way ahead of the survey. My baby broad beans are just waiting for my early potatoes to be ready to go with my fish, which I shall garnish with my own grown tomatoes and herbs and salad leaves. I shall have strawberries and ice-cream for dessert. That is enough to make anyone happy. I feel so useful , a good member of the human race , being able to grow food and lovely flowers to brighten our street.

MotherB you've said it so well, just what I feel. But I would add that it's also very satisfying to eat the veg you have grown.


I enjoy being out gardening i spend a couple of hours a day messing about in the garden. It's a nice thing to do when im outside all im thinking about is the garden everything else on my mind goes.

Keyser Soze

I think that the persuit of gardening is a reflection of a persons character and we all seem to have a sense of well being.

My Father always used to say the love of gardening is also a love of nature. I would add that its also a love of life itself.

There can be so much going on with our lives but to have our gardens to escape to gives the chance to unwind and forget about our worries for a little while.


flowering rose

gets you in touch with the inner you and in  a sense the world you live with.

Sue Jeffries

For me gardening is about being outside and observing the change in the seasons - seeing plants grow, flower or crop and dieback.  A chance to lose yourself in something much bigger and more important than our small lives - the natural world (which is so beautiful and calming).  A moment to stop, look, breath deeply, listen and feel the air around you and just enjoy the moment.  Gardeners will be even happier if they slow down and stop being too busy in their gardens.  It's a privilege to be a gardener in our man made world, we should savour every moment of it - don't get worried about keeping it too tidy (the 'housework' issue) a messy garden is good for the wildlife!


I would love to get on with my garden but I still can't get my left hand working,being left handed dosen't help with any job.

Linda Nicholls wrote (see)
. Despite what one might think it is quite difficult to get anyone to weed etc for a reasonable price. Most "professional gardeners" just want to cut lawns once a week and keep hedges in check. When I did get someone in he pulled up one or two plants and broke a window while strimming! Yes I love my garden and getting a new plant I haven't got but it is a burden too.

Awww Linda you need me!!!! I don't do lawns (unless pretty small) or hedges. I am a border worker. Advertise or look for a female gardener. We aren't obsessed with lawns and hedges and can bring your garden back to life 


I feel truly blessed. To have an overwhelming passion from an early age that can then be a career is a rare thing. I love to play in the garden anyones garden! I am happiest when a customer loves what I have done...rejuvenated an old but loved shrub,filled a border with flowers where they thought nothing could grow, created a garden out of nothing or brought an overgrown mess back under control. Many of my so called customers have become my friends and I can't do enough for them. To see them happy makes me happy.

Gardening encompasses everything that the heart and soul needs. Too many people are removed from the natural world. Too busy and caught up in unimportant things to stop and look for a moment. I while away many an hour just watching the insects do there thing. Watch the birds collecting their twigs for the first nest of the season. Listen to the baby birds calling their parents. Could wax lyrical for ever...but won't lol.

I would like to leave this world having hopefully made it a little prettier in exchange for all the happiness and well being it has given me (insert satisfied smiley)