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: 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
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In a month where there is a lot of talk about what it means to be a citizen of this country – this world even – this week we follow last week’s urb...

  • Added: Jul 13, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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San Francisco Bay Area’s Greenhouse Project is a cultural and economic restoration garden project making use of what we have and growing on it. Thi...

  • Added: Jul 06, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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Ken Greene – who goes by K - is a seed person. He is the co-founder of the Hudson Valley Seed Library, which in 2004 became the first public librar...

  • Added: Jun 29, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Photo courtesy of Dr. Monika Egerer, TUM. All rights reserved.
It is really and truly summer now Happy Summer Solstice Season in the Northern Hemisphere. Are your gardens and parks full of the sound and movemen...

  • Added: Jun 22, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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Teresa J Speight is a Washington DC-based gardener, garden historian, and podcaster under the name of Cottage in the Court. Teri’s new book out fr...

  • Added: Jun 15, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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This week we consider the idea of mental health and our gardens from an even more poignant perspective. In the wake of the recent Uvalde and then O...

  • Added: Jun 08, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Cover art of The Well-Gardened Mind, courtesy of Sue Stuart-Smith
I think it’s nearly impossible to try and stay abreast of current events, and not simultaneously need to remind ourselves to care for our individua...

  • Added: Jun 01, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Image courtesy of Susan Hayes, all rights reserved
As summer arrives, more than 1 million US households are now engaged in gardening – a number that is double what it was before the pandemic. This w...

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  • Added: May 25, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Photo courtesy of Flora Forager, all rights reserved.
In the spirit of May, this week we’re headed out in the garden, or down the block, or up the trail for some planty wonder and magic in the company ...

  • Added: May 18, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Image courtesy of GardenFit. All rights reserved.
Any gardener and their muscles, bones, joints and ligaments know that gardening is a full contact sport (or religion), this week we’re joined by Ma...

  • Added: May 11, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Photo Courtesy of Theodora Park, David Rawle & Carol Perkins
David Rawle is the founder and force (with contribution and support from his wife, Carol Perkins, and a wide variety of community members in Charle...

  • Added: May 04, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Image courtesy of Lorene Edwards Forkner, all rights reserved.
In preparation for May and Mother’s Day here in the US, this week we’re in conversation with Lorene Edwards Forkner, a gardener, a writer, a cook, ...

  • Added: Apr 27, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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In honor of Earth Day on April 22nd, this week Cultivating Place is in conversation about a person who committed their career to the idea, design, ...

  • Added: Apr 20, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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Nitasha Manchanda is a genetic scientist, a mother, a wife, a gardener and the creator and host of a podcast series entitled The Indian Edit – expl...

  • Added: Apr 13, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Photo courtesy of Rose Ramirez and Deborah Small.
Rose Ramirez is a California native plant gardener, basketweaver, photographer, and educator of Chumash descent; Deborah Small is an artist, photog...

  • Added: Apr 06, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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John Forti is a garden historian, historic garden horticulturist, and slow food advocate. He has put his years of experience and knowledge into The...

  • Added: Mar 30, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Cultivating Place we’re joined by medical ethnobotanist and Emory professor, Dr. Cassandra Quave who shares with us the very personal ...

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  • Added: Mar 23, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1