gardening and human psyche

“There are many ways in which anger, grief, and frustration can be sublimated or channeled creatively, and gardening is one of them. Digging the soil, cutting back vegetation, and ripping up weeds are all forms of care in which destructiveness can be put to use in the service of growth. In discharging quantities of aggression and working off anxieties, tilling the earth works on the inner landscape as well as the outer; quintessentially, it is a transformative action.”

Sue Stuart-Smith. The Well-Gardened Mind: The Restorative Power of Nature. Scribner, ©2020

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