The Well Gardened Mind: Rediscovering Nature in the Modern World


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if you want to take a scientific look into understanding how gardening – connecting with nature – can help anyone maintain their mental health, and especially how it can be therapeutic for those suffering from mental ill-health.

A quick summary…

Sue Stuart-Smith takes the reader through neuroscience, psychoanalysis, and true stories from her professional and personal life, to look at how interacting with nature, in particular through gardening, gives solace for grief and loss, and enables healing from mental ill-health, trauma and addiction.


Publisher’s description:

The wisest book I’ve read for many years … Much more than a gardening book, much more than a guide to mental health … Hugely recommended’ Stephen Fry

A Times and Sunday Times Best Book of 2020

How can gardening relieve stress and help us look after our mental health? What lies behind the restorative power of the natural world? In a powerful combination of contemporary neuroscience, psychoanalysis and brilliant storytelling, The Well Gardened Mind investigates the magic that many gardeners have known for years – working with nature can radically transform our health, wellbeing and confidence.

With illuminating stories of how people struggling with stress, depression, trauma and addiction can change their lives, this inspiring and wise book of science, insight and anecdote – now translated into fifteen languages – shows how our understanding of nature and its restorative powers is only just beginning to flower.

Additional information

Format Paperback
Weight 276 g
Dimensions 199 × 129 × 25 mm
Book Author

ISBN 9780008100735

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