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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This week on Cultivating Place, a conversation with two members of the horticultural staff at Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's historic home and gard...

Bought by 'The Sea'


  • Added: Apr 24, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
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This week on Cultivating Place, we celebrate California Native Plant Week with native plant home gardener Vincent Bellino, as well as through the v...

  • Added: Apr 24, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Cultivating Place, Designing with Palms – in the heart of Spring Break season where those of us in colder climes might be longing for ...

  • Added: Feb 27, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: The Wildcrafting Brewer by Pascal Baudar, Credit: Photo courtesy of Pascal Baudar
This week on Cultivating Place we speak with wildcrafter Pascal Baudar. He's the author of The New Wildcrafted Cuisine and The Wildcrafting Brewer ...

  • Added: Mar 26, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Cultivating Place, a conversation with Maria Failla, the host of Bloom & Grow Radio – a unique podcast from New York City designed spe...

Bought by KZYX


  • Added: Mar 12, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: National Children and Youth Garden Symposium
The second best time to become a gardener and nature lover is right now. The first best time, is as a child. This week on Cultivating Place, we’re...

  • Added: Aug 14, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Microbia: A Journey Into The Unseen World Around You, Credit: Image used courtesy of Eugenia Bone
They are in your garden by the billions, they are in your food, in your house, and all over your skin. They partner us in all we do and they make a...

  • Added: Aug 14, 2018
  • Length: 58:59
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This week on Cultivating Place, we speak with Emily Murphy, author of the new book "Grow What You love." It’s advice we’re given early in our garde...

  • Added: Apr 04, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Cultivating Place, a conversation with Blanca Diaz also known as Mama Maiz. Blanca is a practicing doula and herbalist whose work take...

Bought by KZYX


  • Added: Mar 22, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Ira Wallace, Credit: Photo used courtesy of Ira Wallace
This week on Cultivating Place, the second installment in the Seeds of September four part series – when we’re joined by plantswoman, seed advocate...

  • Added: Sep 20, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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In constant conversation with her home garden, our guest this week on Cultivating Place is committed to both the listening and the speaking roles. ...

  • Added: Dec 13, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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Some Floral tete a tete fun visits Cultivating Place this week just in time for the New Year. Josh Werber – founder of Floral Tete a Tete, a creati...

  • Added: Dec 27, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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Recalibrating our nervous systems and the art of seasonal, local floral design is what we’re exploring On CP this week with Max Gill, floral design...

  • Added: Dec 20, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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Danger Ahead: Home gardener and garden blogger Loree Bohl loves a garden with stand-out foliage and bold form. But pay attention - it can be danger...

  • Added: Jan 25, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
Caption:  A Northern California Fen wetland in all of its biodiversity. Botanist Linnea Hanson is a statewide expert on the specialized plant communities and ecology of California Fens, Credit: Jennifer Jewell
Plants are all around us, and wherever there are plants, there are likely to be botanists at work trying to study, know and understand them better ...

  • Added: Jan 10, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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As an early Valentine to this garden life and plant loving community, Cultivating Place offers out a conversation with Melina Sempill Watts, author...

  • Added: Feb 07, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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Just three months since California’s November 2018 Fires made global headlines, the great winter greening of our state is underway and with it the ...

  • Added: Jan 31, 2019
  • Length: 58:58
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Home of the famed spring plant sale HORTLANDIA, The Hardy Plant Society of Oregon is a thriving community of gardeners and Hort Heads who offer yea...

  • Added: Feb 22, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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Gardeners and naturalists are remarkably ardent self-directed, life-long learners and doers. And the winter season is well-adapted to gardeners’ co...

  • Added: Feb 15, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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Spring is right around the corner and Spring Break Season is here – have you been outside lately? Have you been outside to play? Our guests this we...

  • Added: Mar 15, 2019
  • Length: 59:00