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What does it mean when you dream about a gardener?

The caretaker of a garden could symbolize a spiritual protector, a guardian angel, “spirit guide,” or God. If the dreamer is the gardener, then one’s own higher self is tending to their needs.

References in classic literature ?
The old gardener pushed his cap back on his bald head and stared at her a minute.
Because," said the gardener, "I see that you are a stranger and a Mussulman, and this town is almost entirely inhabited by idolaters, who hate and persecute all of our faith.
As soon as I awoke I sent for the gardener and asked him if the fruit on the three trees had not ripened in the night to perfection.
The first farmer who discovered the value of the telephone was the market gardener.
The day after her arrival at Prebaudet, she was innocently employed, about eight o'clock in the morning, in listening, as she breakfasted, to the various reports of her keeper and her gardener, when Jacquelin made a violent irruption into the dining-room.
Among these were a couple of cyclists, a jobbing gardener I employed sometimes, a girl carrying a baby, Gregg the butcher and his little boy, and two or three loafers and golf caddies who were accustomed to hang about the railway station.
my dear Aramis," said D'Artagnan, "if these are the prunes that are sent to you from Tours, I beg you will make my compliments to the gardener who gathers them.
Four years ago, Penelon was at Trieste -- Penelon, count, is the old sailor you saw in the garden, and who, from quartermaster, has become gardener -- Penelon, when he was at Trieste, saw on the quay an Englishman, who was on the point of embarking on board a yacht, and he recognized him as the person who called on my father the fifth of June, 1829, and who wrote me this letter on the fifth of September.
The peasant, the gardener, was Rochefort, whom he believed to be in the Bastile.
A Gardener he seemed to be yet surely a mad one, by the way he brandished his rake--madder, by the way he broke, ever and anon, into a frantic jig--maddest of all, by the shriek in which he brought out the last words of the stanza!
A heavy, hairy and rather sullen-looking gardener was hanging up a heavy coil of garden hose.
The king became very angry at this, and ordered the gardener to keep watch all night under the tree.