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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Caption: Image courtesy of Kier Holmes, all rights reserved.
Kier Holmes is a garden designer and writer regularly contributing to the likes of Martha Stewart, Better Homes and Gardens, Gardenista, Sonoma Mag...

  • Added: Nov 30, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Photo courtesy of Rebecca Schiller, all rights reserved.
Rebecca Schiller is a gardener, a smallholding steward, an activist, and author of: A Thousand Ways to Pay Attention, A Memoir of Coming Home to My...

  • Added: Nov 23, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Photo courtesy of Hampden Farms, all rights reserved.
Zepherine - Zee – Hanson is an Air Force Veteran who after 8 years serving as a military photo-journalist took a medical retirement in 2004. As par...

  • Added: Nov 16, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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In one of our more flamboyant arboreal seasons of the year—when our charismatic woody megaflora of the Northern Hemisphere—the trees—are chorophyll...

  • Added: Nov 09, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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Settling into November now, this week on Cultivating Place we’re conversation with three members of the horticultural team at Filoli, a historic ho...

  • Added: Nov 02, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Photo by Ian Hughes, courtesy of Louesa Roebuck, all rights reserved.
Approaching All Hallow’s Eve/Halloween, Samhain, and Day of the Dead, we are entering into the season of gratitude - running from now through the W...

  • Added: Oct 26, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Photo courtesy of Nick McCullough, all rights reserved.
This week on Cultivating Place, we continue with a fall/winter planning and planting this time with a focus on design, in conversation with Nick an...

  • Added: Oct 19, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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As another offering to all of you in this Autumnal planting and planning period, a revisit and reminder of the poetics involved as well as the prag...

  • Added: Oct 12, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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As we look to our fall and winter planting and planning windows, this week Cultivating Place is back in conversation with Uli Lorimer, native plant...

  • Added: Oct 05, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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This first full week of Autumn in the Northern Hemisphere – looking toward the month of October and its many harvest celebrations, we look to our s...

  • Added: Sep 28, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Cultivating Place, we look at culture and ecology with Farmer Rishi. Rishi is a farmer/gardener, teacher, thinker and lover of life ba...

  • Added: Sep 21, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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Anna Andreyeva is Russian-born UK- based garden designer, plantswoman, and mother. She is currently pursuing a horticultural and ecological researc...

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  • Added: Sep 14, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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If you ask me, the independent nurseries and growers of our world – especially those focused on helping us as gardeners not only create beautiful g...

  • Added: Sep 07, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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Pam Penick is the gardener behind the well-known long-time garden blog known as Diggi ng. Based in Austin, Texas, Pam is an avid and audacious gard...

  • Added: Aug 31, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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Still in the Dog Days of Summer - the heat it hot, the days are long, and garden maintenance in the form of watering, weeding, and perhaps mowing a...

  • Added: Aug 24, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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In our ongoing exploration of where gardeners are and what they are doing in our world right now, we head pretty far north on Cultivating Place thi...

  • Added: Aug 17, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Jenny Jones & Jen Toy at a Test Plot
This week on Cultivating Place we’re in conversation with Jenny Jones and Jen Toy. They are gardeners, landscape architects, and caring humans who ...

  • Added: Aug 10, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: The Terremoto Team, image courtesy of David Godshall
David Godshall is a landscape architect, gardener, and meta-garden philosopher making his way with his young family and his Terremoto Landscape Arc...

  • Added: Aug 03, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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It’s the height of warm season crops in our gardens here in the Northern Hemisphere, and this week Cultivating Place is joined by Jeff Quattrone – ...

  • Added: Jul 27, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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It’s the height of summer farmers markets as community hubs, and this week we're in conversation with Cheetah Tchudi co-founder with his wife Sami ...

  • Added: Jul 20, 2022
  • Length: 59:00