Saturday, 24 February 2024

Art Gallery of NSW

Registrations open soon!

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Landscape design can be a medium that connects us to the natural world, ecology and importantly to each other.


Join internationally acclaimed designer Tom Stuart-Smith, psychiatrist and psychotherapist Dr Sue Stuart-Smith, horticultural therapist and nurse Steven Wells and author Georgina Reid describe and explore these relationships.

Tom has created landscapes and gardens which elicit profound messages and develop an important and growing dialogue with nature, the garden and our well-being.

Tom is visiting Australia for the first time in 45 years with his wife Dr Sue Stuart-Smith, UK psychiatrist, psychotherapist and bestselling author. This will be Sue’s first visit. They are joined by horticultural therapist Steven Wells who will share his experiences from studies in Therapeutic Horticulture and work at the Austin Hospital in Melbourne.

The presentations will conclude with a discussion lead by author, landscape designer and now PhD candidate Georgina Reid of Wonderground at this special Land Escapism event in Sydney.


1.00pm   Registration Opens Foyer — Domain Theatre, Art Gallery NSW

2.00pm   Welcome — Presentations Commence

2.10pm   Dr Sue Stuart-Smith — ‘Gardening for the Mind’

2.55pm   Steven Wells

3.40pm   Afternoon Tea

4.10pm   Tom Stuart-Smith

5.00pm   Panel Discussion — Led by Georgina Reid 

5.30pm   Thank you —  Fleur Flanery, Outlandish Presentations Conclude

5.45 – 7.15 pm   Refreshments

TicketEarly bird tickets close 10 December 2022


In-person Registration

Access to all presentations
Afternoon tea and refreshments

On-line Registration

One month access to the recordings.

No on the day registrations. A cut-off time for registrations applies.

Please note afternoon tea and refreshments are included in the registration but not lunch.

For further information, email


Steven Wells

Steven Wells researched the development, use and management of therapeutic gardens in healthcare settings as a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellow.

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Tom Stuart-Smith

Tom’s work initially focussed on historic British landscapes before opening his own practice and he now designs gardens, parks and landscapes throughout the world.

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Venue Details

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre