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"She wants a little bit of earth
She'll plant some seeds
The seeds will grow
The flowers bloom
Their beauty just the thing she needs..."
The Secret Garden, "A Bit of Earth"
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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 this often shows how much they care about living things in general.

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 
  • Shiemi of Blue Exorcist. Ever since she was a young child, Shiemi loved gardening. While Shiemi is a sweet girl, she's also painfully shy and never ventures out of her grandmother's garden until Rin and Yukio intervene. She becomes an Exwire, but still loves plant life and her knowledge in gardening can be useful on occasion.
  • A Certain Magical Index: Harzak Lolas, the caretaker of Lindy Blueshake, also gardens as a hobby.
  • Senshi from Delicious in Dungeon grows vegetables in the backs of earth golems. He's also highly respectful of the titular dungeon and always tries his best not to harm it in any way, even when harvesting resources (e.g. never hunting too many members of one species at a time).
  • Fruits Basket: Yuki Sohma, the polite and soft-spoken 'prince' of Class 3, has a private vegetable garden that he refers to as his "secret base". His willingness to reveal it to Tohru and letting her help him take care of it is a notable sign that he's opening up more to her.
  • Kenichi Shirahama of Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple is a member of the gardening club. A whole chapter is dedicated to some thugs who seek revenge on him destroying the plants he and fellow member Yuuka Izumi are tending to, and they frantically try to save as many as possible afterwards.
  • Lucoa from Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid is a former agricultural goddess who does volunteer farmwork in her spare time (and she does it all by hand rather than using her magic). It draws a sharp contrast with her normal role as a Comedic Shotacon.
  • My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom!:
    • After awakening her Past-Life Memories at age 8, Catarina takes up farming to both increase her affinity with earth magic and so she'll have a useful skill in the event that she gets exiled. Even after finding out that it wouldn't help her with magic at all, she continues to do it as a hobby well into her teenage years, much to the confusion of everyone around her.
    • Mary tended the flowers in her family's garden when she was younger, and it was Alan commenting on her green thumb that caused her to fall in love with him in the original game. Catarina ends up stealing that line by accident, befriending her in hopes that she could help with the wilting plants on her farm.
  • Both Naruto and Gaara from Naruto tend to plants in their spare time. Naruto doesn't have any preference, but Gaara prefers Cacti.
  • In the second season of Princess Tutu, Duck meets a kindly girl named Freya who tends to the gardens on the academy grounds because she loves the beautiful way that the flowers bloom.
  • Flowertchi from Tamagotchi is an Innocent Flower Girl who is often seen taking care of the flowers at Tamagotchi School, as well as the garden at her own house.

    Comic Books 
  • The DC Comics character Poison Ivy from Batman, is a subversion, as a villainous gardener, hurting people, instead of helping them, usually caring only for plants and not for people. Over the years, she has gained several plant-based powers, although her backstory is usually kept as her starting as a mundane gardener/botanist.
  • Storm of the X-Men maintained a wide variety of plants in her attic room of Xavier's mansion and was genuinely remorseful and guilt-ridden to find them all dead after her long sojourn in space.
  • Wonder Woman (1987): Played With. The Amazon sculptor Iphthime values plants and gardens as a hobby and seems like a very mellow mediator rather than as stubborn and competitive as most Amazons. However she aided in the plot which kicked of the Themysciran Civil war even if she turned on the saboteurs once she realizes just how far they intended to go, she still aided in their plot to frame the Bana for defacing and mining the memorial at Dooms Doorway.

    Fan Works 
  • Rocketship Voyager. Agritech Keshari runs the Air Garden that recycles the air and provides vegetables for the eponymous rocketship. She is the Caring Gardener version as she acts as The Confidant for the crew, and even offers to make a Heroic Sacrifice to get them back home.
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    Film — Animation 
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: In The Blustery Day and Winnie the Pooh and Tigger, Too, it's established that Rabbit loves tending to his vegetable garden, and that it's not wise to mess with it in any way, shape or form. Further expanded on in future ventures.
  • My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Forgotten Friendship introduces Wallflower Blush, a Canterlot High School student who's tending to a small garden on school grounds. She's rather proud of being in the gardening club, even though she's the sole member... and pretty much the only person to know about the garden. Yes, she has a bit of trouble connecting with other people. She gets better toward the end of the special, being joined by Derpy Hooves and Roseluck.

    Film — Live-Action 
  • In The Constant Gardener, the protagonist is a British diplomat and an amateur gardener who spends a lot of time caring for plants. This is a way to show that he is a Nice Guy.
  • In Saving Grace the widowed protagonist is a dedicated gardener. She won't even let a withering pot plant die because she wants to help the plant. This kicks off the story for the financially distressed woman.
  • Being There has Chance, a simple-minded gardener with no ambition outside of watching what's on the television. One of the only things he really seems to care about is gardening, and when men in power start warping his literal advice into metaphors concerning their policies, he quickly rises in social status.

    Literature 
  • Harry Potter:
    • Pomona Sprout is the professor of Herbology at Hogwarts. She’s a short, plump, and jolly witch who's also the head of Hufflepuff, the house of loyalty and friendliness.
    • Neville Longbottom is established early on as a timid boy with a spectacular green thumb. He's one of Harry's roommates, so he gets along with him fine to start with, but he becomes a more steadfast friend in the latter half of the series.
  • Samwise Gamgee from The Lord of the Rings starts the story as the Baggins family's manservant, who takes care of the gardens and grounds among other things and he seems to enjoy it, given the Ring's temptation to him. He becomes Frodo's caretaker and protector while he's on the quest to destroy the Ring.
  • Mary Lennox, the protagonist of The Secret Garden becomes this as the story progresses and she brings the titular garden to life. The once spoiled and melancholy orphan not only brings life to the garden but as she becomes a better person, she brings new life to the Craven household.

    Live-Action TV 
  • From Star Trek:
    • Boothby is the groundskeeper at Starfleet Academy, and takes great pride in his plants. In addition, he's also full of advice that has saved at least one Space Cadet from getting into trouble — including one Jean-Luc Picard.
    • Kes takes care of the ship's hydroponics garden, with this trope often being combined with Innocent Flower Girl.
  • Supernatural: When the Winchesters briefly die and go to heaven, Castiel has them search for Joshua, an angel who is Heaven's gardener and one of the few beings who has ever spoken to God. They find him tending the garden, which to their eyes is an Ohio botanical garden they visited as kids.

    Music 
  • The narrator of folk singer David Mallett's "Garden Song" certainly fits the bill. The lyrics poetically convey how tending a garden deepens one's connection with the natural world.

    Video Games 
  • Animal Restaurant:
    • Prince the Gardener, according to his description, "lovingly waters every single flower."
    • The description of the Flower Shop booth has this to say about its owner:
      Shiba Liang is very gentle, even to flowers.
  • In Ensemble Stars!, Hajime's family grow herbs, so he himself also does so as a hobby, and likes to put them into herb sachets or tea bags. He is also generally a very kind, soft-spoken, and gentle boy.
  • Fire Emblem: Three Houses: while Dedue looks very intimidating, his truly kind and nurturing nature is revealed by his love of gardening, which is the focus of his and Byleth's support conversations. For him, it also has special meaning because he grows many plants native to his homeland of Duscur, which is now a wasteland, so gardening is a way to feel connected to his heritage and preserve some of its culture.
  • Harvest Moon:
    • Nina from Harvest Moon is the sweet and perpetually happy daughter of the local florist.
    • Popuri from Harvest Moon 64 is Nina's granddaughter and is equally as bubbly. She helps her mother Lilia with flowers at their shop. One of the things that attracts her to Gray is that he plants flowers on his family's farm.
    • Dean from Harvest Moon: Light of Hope is an incredibly nice guy who absolutely adores flowers. Luckily, his mother happens to run the local flower shop.
  • Persona 5: Haru Okumura is a polite, refined, and kind girl who keeps a gardening box on the roof of the school to grow plants. And growing your relationship with her will allow her to grow vegetables that are the best stamina-restoring items in the game. Though as the Phantom Thief Noir, she does have a ruthless side...
  • A Very Long Rope to the Top of the Sky: Rose was liked gardening before her imprisonment, and cared about her fellow prisoner, Racoon, as well as the daughter of the Queen who had her imprisoned.
  • Yandere Simulator: Uekiya Engeika, who's the leader of the Gardening Club, and gardens when she doesn't anyone to look after. She's known as 'Everyone's Big Sister'.
  • Undertale: Asgore, the kindly king of the Underground and and Disc-One Final Boss, is fond of gardening. His throne room is filled with golden flowers, and he is seen watering them when the player first meets him.
    • In Deltarune, Asgore owns a flower shop on the surface.

    Webcomics 
  • 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.

     Western Animation 
  • Pa in The Crumpets, who does gardening as his hobby.
  • It Was My Best Birthday Ever, Charlie Brown features Mimi, a girl whom Linus meets while out rollerskating. She absolutely loves tending to her flower garden, and is very knowledgeable about the species that she plants; she's also very friendly.
  • She-Ra and the Princesses of Power:
    • Played straight with Perfuma, the hippie-ish princess of Plumeria, who's one of the kinder and friendlier princesses. While she has Green Thumb powers, she also seems to garden in general - in "The Valley of the Lost" she even complains about how hard it is to get it right when watering cacti.
    • Inverted with Shadow Weaver, who takes up gardening in season four without becoming any less of a Manipulative Bastard; as pointed out in this post (link contains season 4 spoilers), her garden, which she's constantly pruning, is a microcosm of how she treats people - she raises them to serve her own purposes, shapes their growth, and tries to cut away the parts that don't serve her ends.
  • Steven Universe: Rose Quartz was the most caring member of her team, being the start of Gems caring about humans, and also has some plant-based powers, that she uses to garden.

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