Wednesday, September 16 at 12:30pm EDT
psychiatrist and psychotherapist, author of The Well-Gardened Mind
Join Sue, Tom, and Steele as they discuss the question: “In the fast pace of modern living, with its smart technology and instant feedback, have we become disconnected from nature?” In formed by neuroscience and psychoanalysis, this insightful session investigates the magic that many gardeners have known for years – the remarkable therapeutic benefits that tending plants can bring. Discover how the joy of gardening can radically transform health, wellbeing and confidence, and why access to green space at home and for our communities in the current climate has never been more important.
SUE STUART-SMITH is a psychiatrist, psychotherapist and author of The Well- Gardened Mind, a Sunday Times Best seller. She studied English Literature atthe 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. Her book, The Well Gardened Mind, analyses the relationship between gardening and mental health and features The Horticultural Society of New York’s GreenHouse therapy program at the Rikers Island Correctional Facility in New York City.
TOM STUART-SMITH is a landscape architect whose work combines naturalism with modernity and built forms with romantic planting. He has designed gardens, parks and landscapes throughout the world, for clients including the Royal Horticultural Society, the Royal Academy of Arts and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Current projects include a garden square at King’s Cross for Argent LLP and the Aga Khan Foundation, several projects at Chatsworth, a garden for the Scottish baronial estate of Aldourie Castle, a new public garden at the Hepworth Wakefield, and the masterplan for RHS Garden Bridgewater which is the largest new garden project in the UK. He has also designed eight award winning gardens for the Chelsea Flower Show, all of which were presented with gold medals and three ‘Best in Show’.