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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For the standard rate 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


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CAITLIN ATKINSON is a photographer of places, spaces, and all things botanical. She has been my partner this past 2 + years in creating our new bo...

  • Added: May 06, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Claire Ratinon is a gardener, a writer, and a passionate advocate for the growing a food no matter where you live or how small a space you might li...

Bought by KZYX


  • Added: Apr 28, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Photos courtesy of Tomatomania all rights reserved.
It’s spring in the northern hemisphere (even though snow is still making visitations to parts of the North American right now), and gardeners acros...

  • Added: Apr 21, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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In honor of these plants and their communities, Cultivating Place speaks this week with members of the California Native Plant Society community to...

  • Added: Apr 15, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Amyrose Foll is a mother, a farmer, and a big thinker. As the executive director and founder of the multifaceted Virginia Free Farm at Spotted Pig ...

  • Added: Apr 07, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Photos courtesy of Brie Arthur
Just in time for spring and that itch we gardeners - new and long time - have to get the summer vegetables into the ground, Cultivating Place revis...

  • Added: Mar 31, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Photo courtesy of Laura Ekasetya. All rights reserved.
Having just moved across the seasonal threshold of the Vernal Equinox here in the Northern Hemisphere, this week we continue our focus on land and ...

  • Added: Mar 25, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Photo courtesy of The Perfect Earth Project
Here we are – mid-way into Women’s History Month, one year after the publication of The Earth in Her Hands. In honor of these two thresholds, this ...

Bought by KUFM - Montana Public Radio


  • Added: Mar 17, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Courtesy of The Maidu Summit Consortium
As the vernal equinox is imminent for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, a conversation on balance and our importance as humans in the balance...

  • Added: Mar 11, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Photos courtesy of Niki Jabbour - all rights reserved.
It’s the first week of March and true spring let alone summer is still a ways off for many of us. This week on Cultivating Place, we lean into the ...

  • Added: Mar 03, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Cultivating Place, we’re back stateside to visit with a longtime gardener and garden writer also engaged in a new level of relationshi...

  • Added: Feb 24, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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As Lunar New Year celebrations continue, we travel to Hokkaido, a northern Island of Japan to celebrate an amazing intertwining of the wild and cul...

  • Added: Feb 17, 2021
  • Length: 59:59
Caption: Images courtesy of Eric Hsu. All rights reserved.
On February 12th, the Lunar New Year begins. Celebrated by Asian cultures across the globe, this week Cultivating Place speaks with Eric Hsu, a pla...

  • Added: Feb 10, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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In 2015, Melanie left her 15-year corporate career in the publishing world without a completely clear sense of what she would - or wanted to do- n...

  • Added: Feb 03, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Karen Flotte with CRC Mitzvah Garden Sign, photo by Jewish Light
This week on Cultivating Place we lean into the spirit of the season and the traditional Jewish festival Tu B’Shevat, or New Year of the Trees in c...

  • Added: Jan 27, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Images courtesy of MaryLynn Mack
MaryLynn Mack is a renaissance woman and leading voice in the world of public gardens today. After beginning her career in the Navy, her experience...

  • Added: Jan 21, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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In honor of the losses, griefs, revisions, and transformations in our world this last year, and in honor of the hopes we all hold in our gardens an...

  • Added: Jan 14, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Cultivating Place, we continue our FRESH STARTS series in conversation with a long established friend in the gardening world, Doug Tal...

  • Added: Jan 14, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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To kick off the new year, Cultivating Place offers out the first in what will be an ongoing and intermittent series exploring Fresh Starts in our h...

  • Added: Jan 06, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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In this first week of winter in the Northern Hemisphere, Cultivating Place speaks this week with medicinal and habitat gardener Sayaka Lean of the ...

  • Added: Dec 23, 2020
  • Length: 59:00