The Well-Gardened Mind at Filoli

The Well-Gardened Mind at Filoli

Orchard Plant Library Photo credit: Jiaji Wu

Fri, Mar 10, 2023
11:00 AM-12:00 PM

The 2023 Spring Tour speaker is Dr. Sue Stuart-Smith, and she will be speaking about her book, The Well-Gardened Mind, and how psychology, mental health, and the natural world are interconnected.

The garden is often seen as a refuge, a place to forget worldly cares, removed from the “real” life that lies outside. But 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. Drawing on her grandfather’s return from World War I, Sigmund Freud’s obsession with flowers, and interviews with people from gardening projects in prisons, hospitals, and in the community, Dr. Stuart-Smith will discuss how gardening can answer to deep existential needs and present findings from recent research showing how connecting to nature can alleviate anxiety, stress, and depression.

Friday, March 10th
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Filoli Historic House and Garden
86 Cañada Rd
Woodside, CA 94062

$45 for Members of The Garden Conservancy 
$55 for General Admission

A coffee and danish reception before the talk as well admission to Filoli Historic House and Garden for the day of the event is included with registration.

About Dr. Sue Stuart-Smith

Dr. Sue Stuart-Smith, a prominent British psychiatrist and psychotherapist, graduated from Cambridge University with a degree in literature before going on to train as a doctor. 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 works for DocHealth, a not-for-profit service that helps doctors suffering from stress and burnout. 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, UK. Her book, The Well-Gardened Mind, was published in 2020 and became a Sunday Times bestseller and a Times and Sunday Times book of the year. It has since been translated into seventeen languages.

Photo credit: Harry Stuart-Smith

The Garden Conservancy educational programs are made possible in part by the Coleman and Susan Burke Distinguished Lecture Fund and the Lenhardt Education Fund. 

Additional support is provided by The Celia Hegyi Matching Challenge Grant, Ritchie Battle, Camille Butrus, Courtnay and Terrence Daniels, Michelle and Perry Griffith, Rise S. Johnson, Susan and William McKinley, John S. Troy, FASLA, and the Antonia Breck Fund.

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The Spring 2023 National Speaking Tour is in partnership with Perfect Earth Project