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Gardens are for People: Tom & Sue Stuart-Smith

12 Feb, Unitec Institute of Technology

Gardens are for People: Tom & Sue Stuart-Smith

CPD points: 1.0

For one night only, internationally acclaimed landscape architect/garden designer Tom Stuart-Smith and his wife Dr Sue Stuart-Smith; psychiatrist, psychotherapist, and author of the critically acclaimed and bestselling book The Well Gardened Mind. Tom & Sue will jointly present an illustrated talk.

Tom has long been a renowned garden designer with public and private commissions worldwide and a string of gold-medal winning gardens at the Chelsea Flower Show.  Sue has used her career as a psychiatrist and psychotherapist as the basis for her interest in the power of gardening to transform people’s lives.  Her book The Well Gardened Mind was published in 2020 and became a Sunday Times bestseller. It has since been translated into eighteen languages. The book explores the benefits of gardens for our mental health and draws on her professional and personal experience. 

Gardens are for People

A major source of inspiration for both Tom and Sue has been the garden they have created together over the last 35 years at The Barn, Serge Hill in Hertfordshire, England. Their beautifully illustrated talk will weave together the story of their own garden, as well as their community based project and plant library in the orchard at Serge Hill. Tom will also talk about recent projects of his where the societal aspects of gardening have been central, including: Le Jardin Secret in Marrakech, Bridgewater, the new garden for the Royal Horticultural Society, Chatsworth House for the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire  and a garden the Hepworth Gallery Wakefield.

Following the 75 minute talk will be a 'meet & greet', a light supper (included in ticket price), and drinks (cash bar available).


Date: Monday 12th February, 2024

Time: 6pm-9pm

Where: Red Theatre, Te Pukenga Unitec, 139 Carrington Road, Mount Albert, Auckland 1025

Cost: $55 for NZILA members (use discount code NZILATOMSUE10)

For those unable to attend in person, a Livestream/Watch online option is available for $25 ** Video of talk will be available as a LIVEstream and after the event on GDSNZ website 

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