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Gardens are for People: Tom & Sue Stuart-Smith. Te Pūkenga - Unitec, Auckland. Monday 12th February, 2024.  6-9pm
Gardens are for People: Tom & Sue Stuart-Smith. Te Pūkenga - Unitec, Auckland. Monday 12th February, 2024.  6-9pm

Mon, Feb 12


Red Theatre, Te Pukenga Unitec

Gardens are for People: Tom & Sue Stuart-Smith. Te Pūkenga - Unitec, Auckland. Monday 12th February, 2024. 6-9pm

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.

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Time & Location

Feb 12, 2024, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

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

About the Event

Gardens are for People: International Lecture | Monday 12th February, 2024 | 6pm for 6.30pm - 9pm. 

For one night only, in person in Auckland and via livestream, we bring you one of the most internationally distinguished and influential couples in the world of gardens and horticulture: Tom and Sue Stuart-Smith.

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).

This is a one-off event. Tickets are strictly limited. Secure yours now to avoid disappointment.

$45 GDSNZ members / students

$65 General Admission

$55 NZILA members

$25 Livestream/Watch online* ($15 GDSNZ members) 

* Video of talk will be available as a LIVEstream and after the event on GDSNZ website so if you are not able to watch it LIVE you can watch it afterwards, at your leisure.

Red Lecture Theatre, Building 180-B001, Te Pukenga Unitec, 139 Carrington Road, Mt Albert, Auckland 1025

6pm | Doors open, cash bar

6:30pm | Welcome & Introduction, Andy Hamilton

6:40pm | Talk, Tom & Sue Stuart-Smith

7:55pm | Q&A

8pm | Supper, cash bar, meet & greet

9pm | Evening Ends

GDSNZ CPD Points - 20

GDSNZ would like to acknowledge the kind assistance and sponsorship of Unitec - Te Pūkenga in helping host this event.


  • Watch online ($15 GDS Members)

    A link to a video recording of the event will be sent to you upon payment. If you are a GDSNZ Member please apply the discount code at checkout. One discount code per order. After the event a video of the talk will be available to view.

    +NZ$0.63 service fee
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