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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“Are Humans Parasites sowing our own hunger, or fruit, gifts from Earth to our future, is the edge of our lives, civilization, and species, a cliff...

  • Added: Jul 10, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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It’s the seedy time of summer. This week of the fourth of July we’re working from the premise that foundational to good citizenship is great stewar...

  • Added: Jul 03, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Image courtesy of Tora Rocha, Pollinator Posse. All rights reserved.
It’s full summer - for us and for the fauna of the Northern Hemisphere. That means many of our most charismatic, sun-loving pollinators are at th...

  • Added: Jun 26, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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Happy (almost) Summer Solstice! In celebration of the planetary moment of the longest day and the shortest night of the year in the Northern Hemi...

  • Added: Jun 19, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Courtesy of Anne Spencer House & Garden Museum, all rights reserved.
In honor of Juneteenth celebrations coming up, we check in on the Anne Spencer House & Garden in Lynchburg, VA. The home and garden of Harlem Renai...

  • Added: Jun 12, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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Cultivating our places with attention, intention, thought and care is certainly an ethos I hold dear and advocate for with some measure of ferocity...

  • Added: Jun 05, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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With the Chelsea Flower Show in the UK just completed, the gardening world as a whole has the concept of Garden Design awards and recognition - alo...

  • Added: May 29, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Cultivating Place we’re in conversation with Kristen Bradley, Co-founder and Creative Director of the world renowned Australian-based ...

  • Added: May 22, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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Just in time for your continued planning, plotting, and planting in order to grow the earliest and the latest and the biggest and the longest produ...

  • Added: May 15, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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Bevin Cohen is the co-founder with his wife Heather Marie of Small House Farm – a homestead, a garden, a family, a bridge to the natural world arou...

  • Added: May 08, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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To kick off May, looking forward to Mother’s Day, Graduations and the promise of Summer Gardening in general here in the US, this week we go all in...

  • Added: May 01, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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Following on from native plant week, this week we revisit a BEST OF conversation about some of our favorite native plant visitors: our native bumbl...

  • Added: Apr 24, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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The third week of April is California Native Plant week, this year being celebrated by the California Native Plant Society via 8 days of action in ...

  • Added: Apr 17, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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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