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Sue Stuart-Smith: The Well Gardened Mind

This talk will be both in person at the Garden Museum and Live Streamed.

The pace of life is the pace of plants.

Sue Stuart-Smith’s book The Well Gardened Mind, argues that our increasingly urbanised and technology-dependent lifestyles make it more important than ever to rediscover a closer relationship with the earth. Sue 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.

Sue will be interviewed by artist and author Edmund de Waal, delving deeper into the science behind the restorative power of gardening and its ability to change people’s lives, in a conversation drawing on Sue’s extensive experience as a psychiatrist and psychotherapist.

The in-person event and the livestream will include a film of Sue in her garden, to set the scene.

Buy tickets for the live stream here


  • Sue Stuart-Smith

    Sue Stuart-Smith

    Sue studied English Literature at the University of Cambridge before qualifying as a doctor and working in the National Health Service for many years, becoming the lead clinician for psychotherapy in Hertfordshire. She currently teaches at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust in London and is a consultant at DocHealth, a not for profit, psychotherapeutic consultation service for doctors.

    She is married to Tom Stuart-Smith, the celebrated garden designer, and, over thirty years together, they have created the wonderful Barn Garden in Hertfordshire.