Cultivating Place

Series produced by North State Public Radio

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Essential connections exist between nature, our gardens, and our places in both. Through thoughtful conversations with growers, gardeners, naturalists, scientists, artists and thinkers, Cultivating Place: Conversations on Natural History and the Human Impulse to Garden is a weekly public radio program and podcast that explores what we mean when we garden.

You know that physical response you get when you go outside after a refreshing rain? That scent of green – calming and energizing at the same time? Research from around the world shows that looking at or thinking about the beauty of nature, in our gardens or in the larger natural world, soothes our tensions, stimulates our productive energies and even makes us more thoughtful, generous people.

But that's just part of why we garden. And why we garden, and how we express ourselves through our gardens and our interactions with the natural world, is at the heart of this award-winning program and podcast from North State Public Radio.

Thousands of gardeners and natural history enthusiasts listen weekly to Cultivating Place and find this exploration fascinating – and I’m sure many of your listeners will too, as some 38 percent of American households garden, and an even greater percentage (42 percent) of NPR listeners garden!

Cultivating Place would be a perfect pairing in your weekend lineup, or anytime.

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Now available FREE of charge on Public Radio Exchange (PRX), Cultivating Place has weekly episodes ready for upload that are formatted to fit NPR’s standard-operational clock.

- 59-minute show
- Option for a five minute news breakaway between 01:00 - 06:00
- Two one-minute (floating) local break availabilities
- Break availabilities for specific episodes are given in each individual episode's timing and cues section
- Show is uploaded by 12 AM EST/9 PM PST every Monday
- Promo for following week's show also uploaded by 12 AM EST/9 PM PST every Monday

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Here's what one listener wrote:

“Inspiring, thoughtful and moving (On Being for Gardeners): Jennifer Jewell has a warm and very thoughtful interview style. Her guests range from revered landscape designers and gardeners with newly published books, to passionate home gardeners … often I’m moved as Jennifer and her guest put words to the magic and nourishment found in gardening and being in nature.”

Contact us prior to air, or to get more information about individual episodes, upcoming specials or the series.

Contact: Sarah Bohannon, producer, Cultivating Place
Email: nsprsocial@gmail.com
Phone: 530-898-3959 Hide full description

You know that physical response you get when you go outside after a refreshing rain? That scent of green – calming and energizing at the same time? Research from around the world shows that looking at or thinking about the beauty of nature, in our gardens or in the larger natural world, soothes our tensions, stimulates our productive energies and even makes us more thoughtful, generous people.But that's just part of why we garden. And why we garden, and how we express ourselves through our gardens and our interactions with the natural world, is at the heart of this award-winning program and podcast from North State Public Radio.Thousands of gardeners and natural history enthusiasts listen weekly to Cultivating Place and find this exploration fascinating – and I’m sure many of your... Show full description


53 Pieces

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In constant conversation with her home garden, our guest this week on Cultivating Place is committed to both the listening and the speaking roles. ...

  • Added: Dec 13, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: JENNIFER JEWELL
Did you say you needed a good Garden Book Recommendation?! The holidays and end of year are upon us – and with them, all those lists. Things to do,...

  • Added: Dec 06, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: PHOTO USED COURTESY OF ABIGAIL WILLIS
Do you ever stop to wonder where your garden tools came from? The history behind plant and garden trends or techniques? Gardens and garden history ...

  • Added: Dec 03, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Rowen White, Credit: Photo used courtesy of Rowen White
This week on Cultivating Place, the third installment in the Seeds of September four part series– we’re joined by Rowen White, founder of Sierra Se...

  • Added: Sep 20, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Ira Wallace, Credit: Photo used courtesy of Ira Wallace
This week on Cultivating Place, the second installment in the Seeds of September four part series – when we’re joined by plantswoman, seed advocate...

  • Added: Sep 20, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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Welcome to The Seeds of September – this week on Cultivating Place we kick off our four-part series in conversation with Jere Gettle of Baker Creek...

  • Added: Sep 07, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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They are in your garden by the billions, they are in your food, in your house, and all over your skin. They partner us in all we do and they make a...

  • Added: Sep 07, 2018
  • Length: 58:59
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The right tools can make all the difference in our lives and in our work. This is as true in gardening as in all other aspects of life. This week o...

  • Added: Aug 23, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Cultivating Place, we spend a little time revisiting our conversation exploring and appreciating the many gifts of darkness with the I...

  • Added: Aug 16, 2018
  • Length: 58:59
Caption: Pen's bee hives., Credit: Photo used courtesy Pen Pender
This week on Cultivating Place, a best of conversation with a home gardener who has moved not just gardens, but continents and hemispheres. As we j...

  • Added: Aug 16, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Leslie Bennett, Credit: Photo used courtesy Leslie Bennett
Leslie Bennett is a garden designer of both English and Jamaican descent working out of Oakland, CA. With a Jamaican-born husband, a young son, and...

  • Added: Aug 16, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: The Garden In Every Sense And Season, Credit: Image used courtesy of Tovah Martin
The garden is a full contact playground engaging us at all levels: We can hear, we can taste, we can see and smell - touch and feel. Tovah Martin i...

  • Added: Aug 16, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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The New England Wild Flower Society is one of the oldest native plant conservation organizations in the country and represents the New England stat...

  • Added: Aug 16, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Beth Chatto, Credit: Photo used courtesy of Beth Chatto Gardens
In May of this year, the gardening world – specifically the ecologically based gardening world – lost one of it’s great leaders, Beth Chatto. This ...

  • Added: Aug 16, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: A native Canyon Dudleya "Dudleya cymosa" also known as “Canyon live-forever.” (2018), Credit: Photo credit Jennifer Jewell
This week we’re joined by two native plantspeople – Julie Nelson and Michael Kauffmann - to delve into the unsettling case of the poached Dudleya t...

  • Added: Aug 16, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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In preparation for the 4th of July holiday, this week we visit our nation’s capital and the U.S. Botanic Garden. We’re joined by Devin Dotson, exhi...

  • Added: Aug 16, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: A bee collecting pollen from a flower., Credit: Photo used courtesy of Dave Goulson
On Cultivating Place today we celebrate National Pollinator Week in the US when we’re joined by British biologist, conservationist and Professor of...

  • Added: Aug 14, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Sacramento high school teacher Kevin Garden and students in their school garden., Credit: Photo used courtesy of Kevin Jordan
It is now officially summer vacation for most public school districts in the US. Today, Cultivating Place takes a little field trip to visit Sacram...

  • Added: Aug 14, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf, Credit: Photo used courtesy Thomas Piper
In the global gardening world, Piet Oudolf is synonymous with a naturalistic planting style - rich in sweeps of grouped flowering perennials (often...

  • Added: Aug 14, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: The Humane Gardener , Credit: Photo used courtesy of Nancy Lawson
The Oxford English Dictionary defines the word Humane as this: Being characterized by consideration of other, compassionate. This week on Cultivati...

  • Added: Aug 14, 2018
  • Length: 59:00