TALK: ‘The Well Gardened Mind’ with Sue Stuart Smith

Thursday 10 September 2020

A talk in the barn gallery and online by psychiatrist, psychotherapist and author of ‘The Well Gardened Mind’ Sue Stuart-Smith.

As gardening experiences a surge in popularity during lockdown, psychiatrist, psychotherapist and author Sue Stuart-Smith will join us to discuss the psychological benefits. In a powerful combination of contemporary neuroscience, psychoanalysis and brilliant storytelling, Sue’s book and The Sunday Times bestseller The Well Gardened Mind investigates the magic that many gardeners have known for years – working with nature can radically transform our health, well-being and confidence.

Sue Stuart-Smith tells brilliant, illuminating stories of people struggling with stress, depression, trauma and addiction, from asylum seekers to veterans, inner-city young people to the retired.

This is a glorious book of science, insight and anecdote that shows how our understanding of nature and its restorative powers is only just beginning to flower.

‘The wisest book I’ve read for many years … Much more than a gardening book, much more than a guide to mental health … Hugely recommended’ Stephen Fry

‘An important and timely book … Beautifully written, drawing on a lifetime’s experience as both a clinician and a gardener, and I urge everyone to read it’ Monty Don

‘Riveting, inspiring and often very moving … A lively, compassionate exhortation for us all to get our hands back in the soil’ Isabella Tree

‘A compelling and deeply moving account of how profoundly our wellbeing can be affected through contact with gardening and the natural world … Read it’ Edmund de Waal

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