A prominent psychiatrist and psychotherapist, Sue Stuart-Smith took her degree in English literature at Cambridge before qualifying as a doctor and a psychiatrist. She worked for the National Health Service for many years, becoming the lead clinician in 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, and, over 30 years together, they have created the wonderful Barn Garden in Hertfordshire.
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THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER
'Must be the most original gardening book
'Fascinating ... Extends the awareness - backed up by
compendious and elegant research - of how mentally enriching it is
to swap screen for green ... [She] renders a very special service
with this book'
'Stuart-Smith's beautifully written book is filled with insights
into the joys but also the therapeutic benefits that tending plants
can offer ...This is a life-affirming study of the pleasures of
'Combines observation, horticulture, literature and history ...
it is a book that builds, chapter by chapter ... As a reference and
an inspiration ... There is much here to feed the soul'
'An impressive achievement ... this is an optimistic book'
'A truly uplifting book on the power of gardening - and how it
can change people's lives. It's a prevailing reminder that getting
our hands in the soil and helping to grow plants and flowers makes
all the difference to our minds and wellbeing'
'A fascinating overlap between the still stumbling science of
psychiatry and the ancient art of gardening'
'The wisest book I've read for many years ...
Much more than a gardening book, much more than a guide to better
mental health, it is a wholly convincing story of how troubled
minds might find a way of reconnecting to themselves and rebuilding
confidence and hope by way of nature ... I've learned so much in
the way of the history of psychiatry and psychology as well as
practical tips for both mind and garden ... Hugely
'A compelling and deeply moving account of how
profoundly our wellbeing can be affected through contact with
gardening and the natural world. This is a timely call of return.
EDMUND DE WAAL
'An important and timely book ... Beautifully
written ... I urge everyone to read it'