Thomas Jefferson was a very prolific planter and gardener (in addition to his many other talents.) In 1776, he drafted The Declaration of Independence of the United States. He was President of the U.S. from 1801-1809. In 1803, the Louisianna Purchase was concluded and The Lewis and Clark Expedition was launched under his stewardship.
An ardent planter and an agricultural expert, Jefferson grew hundreds of varieties of vegetables, flowers, herbs and trees at Monticello.
I found Jefferson's gardening quotes inspiring, especially the ones about "the most independend and virtuous citizens" are gardeners, THAT is not a smalll statement. Below you will find a few of the best related to the topic of gardening or agriculture.
"The pamphlet you were so kind as to send me manifests a zeal, which cannot be too much praised, for the interests of agriculture, the employment of our first parents in Eden, the happiest we can follow, and the most important to our country."
"It [agriculture] is at the same time the most tranquil, healthy, and independent [occupation]."
"Cultivators of the earth are the most valuable citizens. They are the most vigorous, the most independant, the most virtuous, and they are tied to their country and wedded to it's liberty and interests by the most lasting bands."
"Those who labour in the earth are the chosen people of God, if ever he had a chosen people, whose breasts he has made his peculiar deposit for substantial and genuine virtue. It is the focus in which he keeps alive that sacred fire, which otherwise might escape from the face of the earth."
"Cultivators of the earth are the most virtuous and independant citizens."
"No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden."
"I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have."
"Though an old man, I am but a young gardener"