The Well Gardened Mind: The Restorative Power of Nature

Sun 27 Sep

Sunday, 27 September 2020

1.30pm - 2.30pm

In Conversation | Online Only

The Well Gardened Mind: The Restorative Power of Nature

Join bestselling author Sue Stuart-Smith in conversation with Dr Olivia Chapple and discover the immense psychological benefits of spending time amongst nature and nurturing your own plants.

This event has finished, but you can watch it again online at any time until Sunday, 11 October 2020.

Price: FREE
The Well Gardened Mind


In recent months, many of us have been discovering the mental health benefits of spending time outdoors amongst nature. Although many gardeners have known the benefits of their labour for years, our understanding of the restorative powers of nature is only just emerging.

Combining contemporary neuroscience, psychoanalysis and compelling real-life stories, Sue Stuart-Smith investigates the historic and contemporary effects of nature on our mental health, from soldiers of the First World War to hospital patients today.

Sue Stuart-Smith is a psychiatrist, psychotherapist and Sunday Times bestselling author. She worked in the National Health Service for many years, becoming the lead clinician for psychotherapy in Hertfordshire. She currently teaches at The Tavistock Clinic in London and is consultant to the DocHealth service. She is married to Tom Stuart-Smith, the celebrated garden designer. Over 30 years together, they have created the wonderful Barn Garden in Hertfordshire.

Dr Olivia Chapple is the founder and Chair of the Trustees of Horatio’s Garden Charity. This award-winning national charity creates and manages beautifully designed garden projects in NHS spinal injury centres. The charity was set up following the tragic death of Olivia’s eldest son, Horatio, when he was 17 years old. As a GP, Olivia was an advocate of the benefits of gardens and gardening. She also has personal experience of how the natural environment can comfort grief.

A copy of Sue Stuart-Smith’s book The Well Gardened Mind: Rediscovering Nature in the Modern World can be purchased as part of a book and ticket offer for this event. Alternatively, copies will be available for purchase via a link on the virtual event page on the day of the event.

Date & time

Sunday, 27 September 2020
1.30pm - 2.30pm


Online Only


Online: FREE

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