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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Hummingbirds are a beloved and charismatic creature of the America’s, the more than 350 species of hummingbirds have coevolved with the flora of th...

  • Added: Apr 10, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Courtesy of Anne Fletcher, Orta Kitchen Gardens. Alright reserved.
This week – with Spring and seeding season fully underway - indoors and out, we speak with gardener entrepreneur Anne Fletcher of Orta Kitchen Gard...

  • Added: Apr 02, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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To round out Women’s History Month in style, this week we are back in conversation with Leslie Bennett, Oakland, CA based landscape designer creati...

  • Added: Mar 27, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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The Great Unlawning of America has been underway for some time now, and as we have just crossed the threshold of the spring equinox earlier this we...

  • Added: Mar 20, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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The combining of sculpture and gardens dates back centuries if not millennia, and there are few public gardens I know of that do not incorporate sc...

  • Added: Mar 13, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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Happy Women’s History Month! To kick Women’s History Month off on Cultivating Place, this week we visit with the woman known as the Queen of Herbs...

  • Added: Mar 06, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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Most gardeners know the somewhat gruesome pleasure of working in the garden – with a sharp tool, or a poisonous plant, or ankle deep in a juicy sce...

  • Added: Feb 28, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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This week we lean into a particular aspect of our garden lives – but perhaps a favorite winter activity in the northerly climates in winter: tendin...

  • Added: Feb 21, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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In our ongoing exploration of who gardeners are, where gardeners are, what they are growing in this world, and why that matters to all of us, I am ...

  • Added: Feb 14, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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In our ongoing exploration of who gardeners are, where gardeners are, what they are growing in this world, and why that matters to all of us, we us...

  • Added: Feb 07, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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Camille Dungy is perhaps best known for her remarkable and award winning often environmentally focused poetry and editing of collections of environ...

  • Added: Jan 31, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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In our ongoing exploration of who gardeners are, where gardeners are, what they are growing in this world, and why that matters to all of us, I am ...

  • Added: Jan 24, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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Did you know that grasslands account for between 20 and 40 percent of the world's land area? Generally open, fairly flat, and accessible they exist...

  • Added: Jan 17, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Cultivating Place we hear the magical story of how two gardeners, separated by time, came together to grow all of our imaginations. ...

  • Added: Jan 10, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Esme Cabrera with her art
Esme Cabrera is an artist, a naturalist, and a born educator. Under the Instagram name “la-mamigami", Esme experiments, shares, and nurtures a p...

  • Added: Jan 03, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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We opened up 2023 here on Cultivating Place focusing on biodiversity, and we close the year similarly, with diverse plant community-thinking gettin...

  • Added: Dec 27, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Image courtesy of Collin Pine, illustration by Tiffany Everett, all rights reserved.
Collin Pine is an avid gardener, as well as an educator and writer. His first book is a work of garden-based children’s literature, The Garden Next...

  • Added: Dec 20, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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​ Jennifer Jewell ​ Caribbean born British-based writer and Gardener, Marchelle Farrell is the author of Uprooting: From the Caribbean to the Coun...

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  • Added: Dec 12, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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In our ongoing exploration of who gardeners are, where gardeners are, and what they are growing in this world, I am thrilled to be joined this week...

  • Added: Dec 06, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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Jac Semmler is a plant practitioner, a multi-disciplinary, creative, high skilled horticulturist, and the human behind an epic new book and the Aus...

  • Added: Nov 29, 2023
  • Length: 59:00