The Well Gardened Mind – Author talk

Dorset Gardens Trust in association with TGT present The Gardening Mind on Friday 23rd April @ 6.30 pm online via zoom.
Note: This time is in England, confirm your local time.

In this talk, Sue Stuart-Smith, a distinguished psychiatrist and avid gardener offers an inspiring and consoling work about the healing effects of gardening and its ability to decrease stress and foster mental well-being in our everyday lives.

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. Sue will look at how gardening can answer to deep existential needs and discuss findings from recent research showing that connecting to nature alleviates symptoms of anxiety, stress and depression.

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Sue Stuart-Smith is a psychiatrist, psychotherapist and author of The Well Gardened Mind, a Sun-day Times Bestseller. She studied English Literature at the University of Cambridge before qualifying as a doctor and working in the National Health Service for many years, becoming the lead clinician for psychotherapy in Hertfordshire. She currently teaches at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust in London and is a consultant at DocHealth, a not for profit, psychotherapeutic consultation service for doctors. 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. Her book, The Well Gardened Mind, analyses the relationship between gardening and mental health.

Attendees will be sent a Zoom link 2 days prior to the start of the talk, and a link to the recorded session, available for one week, will be sent shortly afterwards.

Fall 2020 Literary Series: Biweekly Webinars – Larry Lederman

Please note that for $40 you can purchase both the book and the webinar. The end time for this webinar is my approximation. – Connie

Garden Portraits: Experiences of Natural Beauty, a painterly collection of sixteen magnificent and diverse landscapes, is the sixth botanical photography book from Larry Lederman, the photographer of the New York Botanical Garden. The garden founders and stewards are a distinguished group. Included are philanthropist Lewis Cullman, jazz great Dave Brubeck, Arne Glimcher, founder of Pace Gallery, the late Anne Bass, and the late Edward Merrin, who was a preeminent dealer in classical antiquities.

The book’s foreword is written by Gregory Long, president emeritus of the New York Botanical Garden, who observes: “Lederman visits the gardens in all seasons, in all weather, at many times of day, in many light conditions. He wants to analyze their design and study their character. He wants to know their plants and see their environmental conditions and visual elements from many points of view. He walks the paths, forward and backward, and stops. Lederman’s garden portraits are visual tone poems inspired by places he has come to love.”

Join us for this webinar, the fifth in the Garden Conservancy’s Fall 2020 Literary Series of biweekly webinars, as Larry discusses his new book.

DATE AND TIME
Thursday, November 19, 2020
2 p.m. Eastern Standard Time

LOCATION

Live on Zoom

REGISTRATION
$40 Webinar and purchase of one copy of Garden Portraits: Experiences of Natural Beauty (Discounted price for the book is available only with registration to this webinar. Limit: one book per registration.) Please note, books will be shipped approximately one week ahead of the event for registrations that are made before Wednesday, November 11. For registrations made between November 12 and November 18, books will be shipped immediately following the event. We cannot guarantee that books will arrive prior to the event. Price includes shipping.

$ 5  Webinar only – Garden Conservancy members
$15 Webinar only – General admission

We will send a link to the recording of the event to all registrants a few days after the webinar. If you cannot attend the live event, but would like access to a recording, please also register for the event.

About the author
Larry Lederman’s previous books include The Rockefeller Family Gardens: An American Legacy (2017), which covers three gardens in New York and Maine; Interior Landmarks: Treasures of New York (2015), which features his photographs of architecture; and Magnificent Trees of the New York Botanical Garden (2012). Mr. Lederman’s extensive photography of the New York Botanical Garden was featured in New York Botanical Garden, which celebrates the 125th anniversary of the New York Botanical Garden (2016, Abrams Books).

Upcoming online talks feature garden celebrities and new garden books

I am so excited – feels like I just opened a stack of Christmas presents! While researching garden events this morning, I found a treasure trove of virtual events and ended up registering for six webinars (many with garden celebrities), plus three 2020 coffee table gardening books – all for under $100. Half of the events are free.

 

This afternoon I will be speaking as part of the Georgia Master Gardener Annual meeting. After that, I am all in for learning from others at this conference and these webinars. You can find all of these and more are on my website calendar (tinyurl.com/garden-events), but I am sharing direct links for you below.

 

First, there are three free webinars in the next three days:

 

Saturday, November 14, 11 a.m.              The Charleston to Charleston Literary Festival

Nature’s Cure

Monty Don, Britain’s treasured horticulturist, author, and broadcaster, and Sue Stuart–Smith, prominent psychiatrist and psychotherapist, reflect on the life-affirming capacity of gardening and nature to soothe troubled minds in our disturbing world. Part of The Charleston to Charleston Literary Festival.

 

Sunday, November 15, 2 p.m.

Rebirth

OK, this one is not gardening, but looks interesting: Is it possible that the arts could not only survive, but emerge from the COVID crisis and recent social unrest stronger than before? Cultural leaders from the US and UK re-imagine the future of their art forms.

 

Monday, November 16, 7 p.m.

Jared Barnes: Perennials that are huge both in size and in personality

The world is getting smaller! With more globalization, more efficient technology, and more people, small is now the big thing. Gardening is following the trend as breeders and plant companies select miniature models of plants and pixies for the patio. But, in an ever-shrinking world, we horticulturists shouldn’t forget the friendly giants of the landscape. Jared Barnes will share perennials that are huge both in size and in personality and show how to incorporate them into gardens both big and small. This free event is a partnership with the Georgia Perennial Plant Association and the Atlanta History Center.

 

Second, The Garden Conservancy has a Fall 2020 Literary Series that is amazing; we have watched two episodes already. Not only did I just sign up for all three remaining talks, but I am going for the opportunity to get the corresponding book mailed to me a week ahead at an amazing price.

 

Note from GC: Webinars will be presented via Zoom. Links will be sent to registered attendees on the morning of each webinar. If you cannot join us for the live webinar, we still encourage you to register! A link to a recording of the webinar will be emailed to registrants in the days following the session.

 

November 19, 2 p.m.     $40 for the book and talk, $15 for just the Zoom talk

Larry Lederman, Garden Portraits: Experiences of Natural Beauty

Garden Portraits: Experiences of Natural Beauty, a painterly collection of sixteen magnificent and diverse landscapes, is the sixth botanical photography book from Larry Lederman, the photographer of the New York Botanical Garden.

 

December 3, 2 p.m.        $28 for the book and talk, $15 for just the Zoom talk

Dan Hinkley, Windcliff: A Story of People, Plants, and Gardens

Windcliff: A Story of People, Plants, and Gardens follows the course of Dan Hinkley’s plant-obsessed life as he developed his latest garden on a high bluff overlooking Puget Sound in Indianola, WA. As he reflects on his property, he also reflects upon the principles of good horticulture gathered from over five decades of gardening.

 

December 17, 2 p.m.     $28 for the book and talk, $15 for just the Zoom talk

Renny Reynolds, Chasing Eden: Design Inspiration from the Gardens at Hortulus Farm

Chasing Eden: Design Inspiration from the Gardens at Hortulus Farm (Timber Press, January 2020) is a lavishly illustrated roadmap to creating a personal Eden. Together with his late partner, Jack Staub, Renny Reynolds created Hortulus Farm Garden and nursery, a 100-acre 18th-century farmstead and nursery in the rolling hills of Bucks County, PA. Hortulus Farm is not only a model of classical gardening and design teners, but also a showcase of how traditions can successfully be broken.

 

You can also stream their summer series of speakers for free.  Thank you, Garden Conservancy!

 

Third, GardenComm is selling tickets for an on-demand play that you can stream anytime Dec. 3-6.

 

Betrothal is a 35-minute comedy about two iris growers who meet at a competition under a tent during a rainstorm. Natalie and Joe Carmolli will perform in the play by Lanford Wilson, which will be videoed by Adriana Robinson of Spring Meadow Nursery. Pat Stone, publisher of GreenPrints, will entertain with a musical introduction.

 

I hope this inspires you. My geeky little heart was racing as I found more and more ways to see gardens and learn about gardening. It felt like presents were dropping from the internet cloud.

 

OK, my registrations are in, all is on my calendar. Alexa, add popcorn to my shopping list.

Every door prize at this virtual garden conference is a winner – and many are worth more than the registration fee.

This week I wrote the descriptions for over a dozen door prizes offered as part of the virtual 2020 Georgia Master Gardener Association Conference. This conference includes home garden tours led by Allan Armitage, Mike Dirr and Coach Vince Dooley, plus six live garden talks. Click here for registration and more information about the conference  Anyone can attend. Please share with your gardening friends. This conference would be especially interesting to Southeastern U.S. gardeners.

Back to the door prizes… It seemed rather dry to just add promo copy to the descriptions, so I decided to share why I wanted to win each prize (except the books – they are great, but already in our library!), and link to more information and purchase opportunities (because we can each win only one at best.)

 

Herbaceous Perennial Plants, 4th Edition, by Allan Armitage (signed!)

Value:                 $80

More info/buy: http://www.allanarmitage.net/shop

One thousand plus pages of information about perennials, hot off the press with current and tried-and-true varieties and cultivars, at your fingertips. Beware though – you will find yourself looking up a particular plant then lost in the engaging text for a while. Here is a recent review I wrote about this book.

 

Gardening with Grains, by Brie Arthur (signed!), plus two seed packets

Value:                 $36

More info/buy: https://www.briegrows.com/shop

Perfect timing! Grains are cool-season… hmmm…  crops? ornamentals? BOTH! Learn more with her new book and two packets of wheat seeds – Soft White and Bronze Chief.

 

The Foodscape Revolution, by Brie Arthur (signed!), plus two seed packets

Value:                 $34

More info/buy: https://www.briegrows.com/shop

Brie is such an energetic and inspiring speaker that you want to know more about Foodscaping – and you will with her first book. Two packets of Brie’s Soft White wheat seeds will get you out into the garden to plant.

Donated by Brie Arthur.

 

Seven Steps to an Organic Garden, by Mike Cunningham

Value:                 $15

More info/buy: https://tinyurl.com/yyqj54yg (book),  https://countrygardensfarm.com/

Mike and Judy Cunningham, “The Teaching Farmers”, and their family run a 150-acre farm and CSA with vegetables that are Certified Naturally Grown. Taking a class at their Newnan Farm to learn about cooking, gardening or food preservation is on my bucket list, so I watch their Facebook page to find out when the classes will start again post-COVID.

 

Hydrangeas for American Gardens, by Michael A. Dirr (signed!)

Value:                 $45

More info/buy:  https://tinyurl.com/y3k3797v

Hydrangeas are signature Southern plants. A Hydrangea collection can include sun and shade plants, native and exotic plants, blooms from spring to fall, plus amazing fall color and winter bark. With this book you can learn more about the hydrangeas in your garden and make plans to expand your collection.

Donated by Mike Dirr.

 

Manual of Woody Landscape Plants, by Michael Dirr (signed!)

Value:                 $82

More info/buy: https://tinyurl.com/y3k3797v

Who knows more about woody plants than Mike Dirr? A virtual tour of his garden and his signed iconic reference on your shelf – Score!

Donated by Mike Dirr.

 

Dooley’s Playbook: The 34 Most Memorable Plays in Georgia Football History, by Vince Dooley (signed!)

Value:                 $35

More info/buy: https://tinyurl.com/y23pfpdl

Southerners love football and Georgia fans love Vince Dooley. Vince will be touring us through his home garden as part of this virtual conference. Did you know he is quite the gardener, with a hydrangea named for him? You want this SIGNED book because, although it is his most recent of many books, it is already sold out.

Donated by Vince Dooley.

 

Field Guide to the Wildflowers of Georgia, by Linda Chafin

Value:                 $33

More info/buy: https://tinyurl.com/y4cjkytr

Field Guide to the Wildflowers of Georgia and Surrounding States is the first field guide devoted exclusively to Georgia’s wildflowers, while also including many plants found in neighboring states. This is a great reference to identify plants or learn more about native plants to add to your landscape.

 

Clematis Abilene

Value:                 $29

More info/buy: https://www.brushwoodnursery.com/

Clematis Abilene has rich, pink two-tone blooms. The flowers are up to 6 inches across and very full at maturity, but the plant remains compact and suited to smaller spaces and container culture.

Brushwood Nursery is known nationwide for their Clematis and consistently in the Top 5 in their category at The Garden Watchdog.

Donated by Dan Long, Brushwood Nursery.

 

Antique Glass Garden Art

Value:                 $50

These hand-crafted flowers are created from antique glassware, each one a unique design. The winner will have a glass flower shipped to them with instructions on purchasing a metal support locally to install it at just the right height for their garden.

Donated by Carol Martinese.

 

45-Minute Online Landscape Consultation

Value:                 $80

More info/buy: https://clifrbroc.wixsite.com/mysite

 

Cliff Brock was the curator of the State Botanical Garden of Georgia’s flower garden before spending a year in Oregon and then returning to Newnan, GA. Cliff knows plants so very well and, like many gardeners, has many talents. He is also a composer and pianist, as well as a writer and photographer (check out his blog here.) A 45-minute virtual consultation, offering design ideas and giving plant maintenance advice – well, that would be amazing.

Donated by Cliff Brock.

 

Encore Azaleas Gift Certificate

Value:                 $40

More info:          https://www.encoreazalea.com/gardening/article/encore-azalea-brochure, www.facebook.com/EncoreAzalea

Encore® Azaleas are the bestselling multi-season blooming azalea in the world with over 30 varieties. Won’t it be fun to add a few to your garden?

Donated by Flowerwood Nursery.

 

Southern Living Plant Collection Gift Certificate

Value:                 $40

More info:          https://southernlivingplants.com/about-us/brochure/, www.facebook.com/SouthernLivingPlantCollection

The Southern Living Plant Collection by Flowerwood Nursery includes over 60 varieties of trees, shrubs, bulbs, annuals, perennials, and ornamental grasses. You will have fun with this gift certificate!

Donated by Flowerwood Nursery.

The Earth in Her Hands: Women in the World of Plants Growing a Better Tomorrow

In this inaugural HHF Virtual Series Event, Monticello welcomes top-selling author and Cultivating Place podcast host, Jennifer Jewell and her guests: Monticello’s Curator of Plants, Peggy Cornett, and Southern Exposure Seed Exchange lead team member, Ira Wallace.

Join Jewell and these two nationally recognized plantswomen in a conversation that explores their respective careers— the plants, seeds, and gardens they have cultivated, efforts to raise awareness about food security, and growing truly good food.

Jewell’s new book, The Earth in Her Hands, 75 Extraordinary Women Working in the World of Plants, charts the paths of groundbreaking women who, through their passion for plants and unflagging work to cultivate a better world, are creating change from the ground up.

Peggy Cornett, an award-winning historical gardener, has worked at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello for more than thirty-five years. Cornett writes for garden magazines and plant journals and appears regularly as a headline presenter at horticultural conferences and on garden-related radio and television programs. Ira Wallace is a noted seed saver, author, and speaker who serves on the boards of the Organic Seed Alliance, the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association and the Virginia Association for Biological Farming. Wallace is a co-founder of Monticello’s Heritage Harvest Festival, now in its 14th year.

Can’t make the live event date? No problem! Ticketholders will receive a post-event link to enjoy the recorded program for a limited period of time.

The Earth in Her Hands

July is hot, isn’t it? On hot summer days, it is best to garden in the early mornings, when the air is cooler and there are more shadows. In the afternoon, we often choose to stay indoors.
May I recommend pouring yourself a cup or glass of tea (Did you grow that mint?) and spend some time with inspiring women. Imagine sitting in a conservatory full of orchids and talking about gardening with a few lovely women. Well, here is an invitation to spend about 40 minutes in a conversation between Jennifer Jewell, author of The Earth in Her Hands, and writer Jamaica Kincaid. Their environment is beautiful, their voices soothing, their conversation inspiring.
The Earth in Her Hands: 75 Extraordinary Women Working in the World of Plants includes a profile of Jamaica Kincaid. This book is easy to pick up and read for a few minutes at a time.

Jennifer Jewell is also the host of Cultivating Place, an NPR podcast that blends society, history and gardening. Her calming voice can keep you company and keep you informed as you are weeding, crafting, running errands or organizing a closet.

I have started reading books with my morning coffee instead of looking at a computer screen right off. I often start my reading learning about one or two women, then switching to a chapter or two of another book. I love books that profile inspiring women. If you do too, look also at She and In the Company of Women (which includes women from my town of Athens, GA). These books are too heavy for a hammock, but great for a rocker on the screened-in porch.

In case the links do not work for you:
Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFttRtK__wc
Enjoy!