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The Well-Gardened Mind

The Restorative Power of Nature
Paperback Book
May, 2021
$25.00 CAD
Publisher’s Description: 

A distinguished psychiatrist and avid gardener presents a truly uplifting book on the power of gardeningand how it can change peoples lives (Stylist, UK).

The garden is often seen as a refuge, a place to forget worldly cares, removed from the real life that lies outside. When we get our hands in the earth we connect with the cycle of life in nature through which destruction and decay are followed by regrowth and renewal. Gardening is one of the quintessential nurturing activities and yet we understand so little about it. The Well-Gardened Mind provides a new perspective on the power of gardening to change peoples lives. Here, Sue Stuart-Smith investigates the many ways in which mind and garden can interact and explores how the process of tending a plot can be a way of sustaining an innermost self.

Stuart-Smiths own love of gardening developed as she studied to become a psychoanalytic psychotherapist. From her grandfathers return from World War I to Freuds obsession with flowers to case histories with her own patients to progressive gardening programs in such places as Rikers Island prison in New York City, Stuart-Smith weaves thoughtful yet powerful examples to argue that gardening is much more important to our cognition than we think. Recent research is showing how green nature has direct antidepressant effects on humans. The most original gardening book ever [that] combines observation, horticulture, literature and history (Sunday Times, UK), The Well-Gardened Mind is a book for gardeners and non-gardeners alike, and the perfect solace for people seeking healthier mental lives.

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