Caring Gardener

Maybe it's just a tree they've been tending to for years, a farm full of fruits and vegetables, or a flower they've just planted. Whatever the case, the Gardener is someone who grows and takes care of plants, and can come in two types:

The Gardener may be a farmer, gardener, someone doing it for a hobby, or someone simply caring enough about a certain plant in particular to want to keep it alive. May use magical/enchanted or highly advanced items for better results, although regular shovels or watering cans are more likely to be in use. Often what becomes of those who experience Call to Agriculture. A Caring Gardener cares about everything, from humans, to the grass beneath their feet.

Compare Green Thumb, which is about plant controlling powers, and Fertile Feet, where a person's powers cause plants to instantly grow whenever their feet touch the ground.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Yamada from Kase-san who has been jokingly appointed to take care of plants around her school by the teachers, but took this extremely seriously and, over time, achieved some notable successes. Her dedication to the task and patience were what made the title character first notice and then fall in love with her. As the story progresses, Yamada decides to pursue botanic studies in college.
  • A Certain Magical Index: Saronia and Harzak Lolas are both gardeners. Saronia needs the skill to work her magic, while Harzak does it as a hobby.
    • A Certain Scientific Railgun: Is a spinoff of the above, and has a couple of students who are trying to make cherry blossoms bloom year-round.
  • Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind Nausicaa has a secret room in the castle where she grows plants out of the forest's toxic atmosphere. To mark her leaving the castle after her father is murdered, she turns the water off.

    Comic Books 
  • The DC Comics character Poison Ivy from Batman, started as a villainous mundane gardener, but over the years has gained several plant based powers, although her backstory is usually kept as her starting gardening mundanely.

    Films — Animation 
  • Joseph from Joseph: King of Dreams becomes a gardener when he starts to take care of a sapling in his cell.
  • In WALL•E, WALL*E finds a plant, and decides to take care of it, making him a Mundane Gardener. This decision eventually leads to humanity eventually coming back to Earth, and a good chunk of them becoming Mundane Gardeners as well.
  • In Zootopia, Judy Hopps comes from a family of farmers who are excellent gardeners and proudly shows off her Plant Husbandry knowledge when she identifies Weaselton's stolen bulbs as being "Midnicampum Holicithias" and not just some moldy onions. As the story unfolds, plant items and plant knowledge end up playing a significant role in solving the case.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • At the end of Passengers (2016), Jim has seemingly reprogrammed some of the robot butlers to be gardeners.
  • In Silent Running, Freeman Lowell looks after the last of Earth's forests in a spaceship orbiting Saturn.
  • In Lord of the Rings, Frodo's gardener Samwise Gamgee.
  • In The Martian, Mark Watney is a gardener who uses his skills to supplement his limited food supply with potatoes.
  • In Beverly Hills Chihuahua, Sam the gardener.
  • In the plot of Little Shop of Horrors, Seymour is Audrey II's gardener. This is an unusual case as Audrey II is also a sentient, talking, evil alien plant that eats people.
    Audrey II: Feed me, Seymour!
  • The Quiet Man centers on Sean Thornton returning to Oireland from America. In his home village, Thornton retires to a Mundane Gardener life, growing mainly potatoes and roses. His new bride ridicules him about the roses, until Thornton outslugs her father, Big Will Danaher.
  • In Parker After being left for dead on the side of the road by his crew, Parker is saved when a bunch of tomato farmers pick him up and get him to a hospital.

  • In The Secret Garden, Mary Lennox secretly becomes a gardener for the garden, which had been locked up by her uncle after his wife's death several years prior to the events of the story.
  • Heralds of Valdemar: Bear (from the Collegium Chronicles) is a highly-skilled mundane example. As a trainee, he's still much better at growing medicinal herbs than any of the full Healers.
  • In "The Dreamers" series written by David Eddings and his wife, the people of Veltan and Aracia's domains are mostly farmers, which sets them apart from the people in Dahlaine and Zelana's domains, who are hunter-gatherers.
  • In Lord of the Rings The Ent's (Mundane Gardeners) are referred to by some as "Shepards of the forest" because they take care of trees, and attack people who want to or have harmed the trees they look after.
  • Beatrix Potter wrote The Tale of Peter Rabbit in 1901, featuring Farmer McGregor raising veggies on his property. Peter's mother cautions him to stay out of McGregor's garden, since that's where Peter's Disappeared Dad met his doom. Of course, foolish Peter blithely ignores this Aesop, which triggers much of the story's drama.
  • One of the only reasons Nero Wolfe ever bothers to solve crimes is to make enough money to buy and keep beautiful exotic orchids in his rooftop greenhouse, and he rigidly schedules four hours out of every day just to spent time caring for and doting over them. He and his live-in gardener Theodore Horstmann are Mundane examples.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In The Walking Dead, several groups are shown to be Mundane Gardeners, which is a very important thing as the world is in a Zombie Apocalypse with dwindling supplies of preserved food available.
    • The Kingdom has several Gardeners growing fruits and vegetables, a portion of which is given to The Saviours as tribute.
    • The Saviours themselves also have some Gardeners, but they're using the resources to grow marijuana instead of food.
    • Some people in the Alexandria safe zone start becoming Gardeners when their food supplies start running low.

    Video Games 
  • In Minecraft, the Villagers are gardeners, as well as the players.
  • Pokémon series
    • Most of the player characters who can plant & grow berries are gardeners.
    • In Pokémon Sun and Moon, the Pokemon on Poke Pelago are also gardeners when helping to grow berries.
    • Several NPC's seen through out the games are also Mundane Gardeners, and are often the ones to explain or give tips to the Player character about how the berry growing mechanics work.
  • In Lords of the Realm 2, the player has the option to make citizens become Mundane Gardener farmers to increase food production.
  • In World of Warcraft, the expansion Mists of Pandaria has a quest line which gives the player the opportunity to become a Mundane Gardener, which lets the player grow vegetables, living vegetables, and portals.
  • In Webkinz, the player can have their pets be Mundane Gardeners and grow fruits and veggies in outdoor rooms.
  • In Slime Rancher, the player character can be a Mundane Gardener, growing fruits and vegetables to feed certain slimes instead of foraging, by dedicating specific areas on the ranch to growing plants, and upgrading the areas for better results.
  • In Plants vs. Zombies the player is a Mundane Gardener, who can grow plants to defend their house from zombies, and plants in their greenhouse for their collection.The latter plays out more realistically than the former.
  • In Yandere Simulator There's a gardening club full of gardeners, who the player character can join.
  • A Very Long Rope to the Top of the Sky: Ivy made a barren stone crevasse into a flower garden after 30 years, for her sister, and her mother managed to make a garden in a jail cell, but also cared for Yvette and Racoon.
  • Harvest Moon The player characters run a farm and can grow plants from seeds.
  • In Terraria,The player characters can plant and grow a variety of plants, both magical and mundane.
  • Touhou Project Yuuka Kazami is a flower youkai who mundanely tends her sunflower garden... and is one of the oldest, most powerful youkai in all Gensokyo, and the first user of the Master Spark. In fanon, she's known as the Ultimate Sadistic Creature and gleefully murders anyone who harms her flowers.
  • In Undertale King Asgore is a gardener, whom the player encounters watering flowers in the throne room.
  • An expected asset in Stardew Valley unless you deliberately ignore it. Not only is growing fruits and vegetables a reliable source of income, other villagers will occasionally ask you to provide them with certain crops.
  • When you're not fighting monsters and saving the universe in Starbound, you can happily farm ordinary (and not-so-ordinary) crops with just a hoe, a watering can, some seeds and a patch of land. The Frackin Universe mod takes it Up to 11 with its genetic engineering feature, allowing you to grow some truly strange but powerful crops.

    Web Comics 
  • In Champions of Faraus, William Stalker is the gardener for the entire Hyperia pantheon house's temple grounds.
  • Izzy Pritchard of Ennui GO! maintains a veggie and flower garden on the roof of her office tower. Izzy is a Rich Bitch with a drug habit, nymphomania, and other self-destructive tendencies. She likes her little patch of greenery, as it calms her down.

    Web Original 
  • Whateley Universe: There are groundskeeping employees and students who study groundskeeping.

     Western Animation 
  • In the Adventure Time episode "Death in Bloom" Princess Bubblegum trusts Finn and Jake to be this for her flower while she is away, but they're beyond incompetent actions (taking the flower out of its pot, not watering it, putting it in front of a fire) end up killing it, and their need to bring it back to life is the main plot point for the rest of the episode.
  • In My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic , Applejack and her family are farmers, who run and work at the family farm and orchard "Sweet Apple Acres". They do so as mundanely as ponies can be in Equestria, Earth Ponies being specifically implied to have magic powers over plants.
  • In The Simpsons, Groundskeeper Willie is a gardener working at Springfield Elementary.
  • Doctor Viper is a recurring gardening nemesis of the SWAT Kats. He's a Mad Scientist that aims to convert the concrete and steel towers of Megakat City into a tropical jungle swamp. Viper keeps various toothy, aggressive plant-creatures as mooks toward that end.