The Well-Gardened Mind: The Restorative Power of Nature
  • The Well-Gardened Mind: The Restorative Power of Nature
  • The Well-Gardened Mind: The Restorative Power of Nature
ISBN: 1476794480
EAN13: 9781476794488
Language: English
Release Date: May 4, 2021
Pages: 352
Dimensions: 1" H x 8" L x 5" W
Weight: 1 lbs.
Format: Paperback

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A distinguished psychiatrist and avid gardener presents a truly uplifting book on the power of gardening--and how it can change people's 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 people's 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-Smith's own love of gardening developed as she studied to become a psychoanalytic psychotherapist. From her grandfather's return from World War I to Freud's 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. Read More chevron_right

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