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Growing Greener: Gardening for health

Published: Thursday, 14 April, 2022 at 9:00 am

Arit explores ways to garden that will help restore our natural balance – with leading psychiatrist and psychologist, Dr Sue Stuart-Smith

Our heart rate slows, our mood enhancing hormones rise, and our blood pressure lowers. These are just some of the scientific facts that tell us being in nature is good for our health.


In the final episode, Arit explores ways to garden that will help restore our natural balance – with leading psychiatrist and psychologist Dr Sue Stuart-Smith, who is also a great gardener. She shares a fascinating insight into how therapeutic horticulture has helped war veterans, prisoners, patients and herself – and how a dose of nature is good medicine for all of us.

About our guest

Dr Sue Stuart-Smith is a psychiatrist and psychotherapist, and author of the Sunday Times best-seller, The Well-Gardened Mind (2020) about the wellbeing and psychological significance of gardening. Partly inspired by working alongside her landscape designer husband, Tom Stuart-Smith, in creating their Barn Garden in Hertfordshire, she has been exploring the benefits of nature in creating a positive frame of mind.

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