- Mundane Gardener: Can grow and take care of plants without magic powers due to either a lack thereof, or by choice.
- Magic Gardener: Uses magic powers to help grow and take care of plants, such as Green Thumb, Making a Splash, and The Power of the Sun.
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Anime and Manga
- At the end of R2 of Code Geass, Jeremiah Gottwald and Anya Alstriem become Mundane Gardeners running/working at an orange farm.
- Yamada (Mundane Gardener) 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 Mundane Gardeners who are trying to make cherry blossoms bloom year-round.
- Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind Nausicaa Mundane Gardener who 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.
- Domoverse Amanda (Magic Gardener), a Plant Person who can force grow plants with her powers.
- Dungeon Keeper Ami Ami (Magic Gardener) made farms in her dungeon, is encouraging her dungeon to have a plant theme and can grow plants with sufficient insertion of magic, that then turn carnivorous. Also, the dwarves (Mundane Gardeners) have nice gardens.
- Joseph from Joseph: King of Dreams becomes a Mundane 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 mundane 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.
- The Fair Folk of Ferngully The Last Rainforest (Magic Gardeners) pretty much frolic all day and help the plants grow, keeping their world lush and green. Their Cool Old Lady is Magi Lune, who takes this much further, in that she has Fertile Feet. This power gets passed on to her acolyte, Krysta.
Films Live Action
- At the end of Passengers (2016), Jim has seemingly reprogrammed some of the robot butlers to be Mundane Gardeners.
- In Silent Running, Freeman Lowell (Mundane Gardener) looks after the last of Earth's forests in a spaceship orbiting Saturn.
- In Lord of the Rings, Frodo's gardener Samwise Gamgee is a Mundane Gardener.
- In The Martian, Mark Watney is a Mundane Gardener who uses his skills to supplement his limited food supply with potatoes.
- In Beverly Hills Chihuahua, Sam the gardener is a Mundane Gardener.
- In the plot of Little Shop of Horrors, Seymour is a Mundane Gardener to Audrey II.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 (Mundane Gardeners) pick him up and get him to a hospital.
- In The Secret Garden, Mary Lennox secretly becomes a Mundane 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 Mundane Gardeners, 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.
- Harry Potter Herbology classes require the students to take care of magical plants.Unclear if Mundane or Magic methods are used, as not every class & plant is shown.
- From Circle of Magic Briar and Rosethorn, (Magic Gardeners) both of whom are plant mages.
- Beatrix Potter wrote The Tale of Peter Rabbit in 1901, featuring Mundane Gardener 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.
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.
- Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000: The Garden of Nurgle, the home of the Chaos God of despair, love, and decay, is an evil garden where plants flourish and die according to Nurgle's current power. Nurgle (Magic Gardener) can often be found tending it, always looking for new ways to improve the plagues he unleashes on the world/galaxy.
- In Minecraft, the Villagers are Mundane Gardeners, as well as the players.
- Pokémon series
- Most of the player characters who can plant & grow berries are Mundane Gardeners.
- In Pokémon Sun and Moon, the Pokemon on Poke Pelago are also Mundane 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 Mundane Gardeners, who the player character can join.
- A Very Long Rope to the Top of the Sky (Mundane Gardeners)Ivy made a barren stone cravasse into a flower garden after 30 years, and her mother managed to make a garden in a jail cell.
- Harvest Moon (Mundane Gardeners) The player characters run a farm and can grow plants from seeds.
- In Terraria,The player characters (Mundane Gardeners) can plant and grow a variety of plants, both magical and mundane.
- In Gems of War The Forest of Thorns storyline has Rowanne the Drayd (Magic Gardener) trying to cure Gloom Leaf, her tree, of corruption.
- Touhou Project Yuuka Kazami (Mundane Gardener) is a flower youkai who 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 Mundane 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 Eleven with its genetic engineering feature, allowing you to grow some truly strange but powerful crops.
- In Champions of Faraus, William Stalker is a Mundane Gardener as the gardener for the entire Hyperia pantheon house's temple grounds.
- Izzy Pritchard (Mundane Gardener) 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.
- Whateley Universe (Mundane Gardeners) There are groundskeeping employees and students who study groundskeeping.
- Steven Universe:
- After being a NEET for a while, Lapis Lazuli becomes a Magic Gardener in the episode "Gem Harvest", using her water powers to help water the crops she and Peridot are growing at the farm, while Peridot herself is a Mundane Gardener, using her knowledge of how to grow Gems to grow the plants.
- Rose Quartz as well, falling under Magic Gardener due to using her powers to grow unusual magic plants, like the moss seen in "Lars And The Cool Kids".
- And in the episode "Super Watermelon Island", the Watermelon Stevens from "Watermelon Steven" have become Mundane Gardeners themselves, growing baby Watermelon Stevens and other watermelon animals on the island by planting the seeds of their dead. They also currently supply the page image.
- Steven himself is a Magic Gardener, though to a much lesser extent than the other examples, as the plants he grows are sentient and loyal to him, but always leave him for one reason or another.
- In the Adventure Time episode "Death in Bloom" Princess Bubblegum trusts Finn and Jake (Mundane Gardeners) 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 Mundane Gardeners, who run and work at the family farm and orchard "Sweet Apple Acres".
- In The Simpsons, Groundskeeper Willie is a Mundane Gardeners working at Springfield Elementary.
- Doctor Viper is a recurring Mundane Gardener 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.