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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In honor of the Solstice on December 21st Cultivating Place speaks this week with Brooklyn-born farmer/horticulturist/floral designer, activist and...

  • Added: Dec 16, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Cultivating Place we continue our winter greening cheer in conversation with Todd Carr and Carter Harrington of Hort and Pott, a botan...

  • Added: Dec 09, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Photo compliments of Bonny Doon Garden Co.
This week Cultivating Place kicks off December with flourish in conversation with Teresa Sabankaya of the Santa Cruz based Bonny Doon Garden Compan...

  • Added: Dec 01, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Vivien with Heirloom Palestinian pumpkin - seeds for which are on offer soon from Hudson Valley Seed.  Photo courtesy of Vivien Sansour.
Join us this week on Cultivating Place for our final episode in the Seed Change series. We are in conversation with Vivien Sansour, heart and head ...

  • Added: Nov 25, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Close up imaging of seeds in the CalBG collection, courtesy of Cal BG and Research Associate, John Macdonald, who has been working to photograph seeds from every taxon stored in the seed bank.
This week on Cultivating Place, the third in our 4 part Seed Change series with Cheryl Birker, Seed Conservation Program Manager at California Bota...

  • Added: Nov 18, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Cultivating Place, we continue our Seed Change series with Naomi Fraga, research assistant professor of Botany at Claremont Graduate U...

  • Added: Nov 12, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Cultivating Place we continue our Seed Change series - a nod to faith and a vote for the next growing season. We’re joined this week b...

  • Added: Nov 04, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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In this season of colliding urgencies and not infrequent dismay - the garden offers so many lessons. Among the largest of these, brought to you in ...

  • Added: Oct 28, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Cultivating Place we’re joined by award winning landscape designer Judith Phillips of Albuquerque NM. Her Design Oasis, characterized ...

  • Added: Oct 21, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Cultivating Place we speak with British gardener & psychiatrist/psychotherapist Sue Stuart-Smith, whose book, "The Well-Gardened Mind:...

  • Added: Oct 14, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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Frances is a gardener, a knitter, a cook, a bee-keeper, and a business woman. Her one of a kind hand made pottery is a joy to the eye, the hands, a...

  • Added: Sep 30, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Photo by Camilla Jorvad, Sigridsminde - all rights reserved.
Camilla Jorvad is a photographer, a gardener, a mental health and rewilding habitat gardening advocate based on the Danish Island of Aero. Her home...

  • Added: Sep 23, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Photos courtesy of Wambui Ippolito.
Most gardens, gardeners, and gardening seasons are deeply informed first and foremost by a deep love of PLANTS. Of space, and design, and color, an...

  • Added: Sep 16, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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Dustin Gimbel is a landscape designer and large scale outdoor ceramic artist inspired by the botanical world and based in Southern California. In a...

  • Added: Sep 09, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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In this very unusual back-to-school season here in the US, we’re joined this week by Julie Cerny a gardener, an outdoor enthusiast and educator. He...

  • Added: Sep 02, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Cultivating Place we’re focused on growing food and community when we’re joined by Patricia Spence, President and CEO of the Urban Far...

  • Added: Aug 26, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Photos Courtesy of Toni Gattone, all rights reserved.
Toni Gattone is a business woman, a master gardener, and a lifelong gardener of Italian descent. After struggling herself with a bad back, and the ...

  • Added: Aug 19, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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Farmer Meg is an urban beekeeper turned flower and market grower turned farmer. Meg has been farming in NJ and NY city and state for almost a decad...

  • Added: Aug 12, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Cultivating Place we get a booster shot of energy and inspiration as we enter the dog days of summer when we’re joined by Colah B. Taw...

  • Added: Aug 05, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: All Photos courtesy of Jasna Guy, All rights reserved.
Jasna Guy is an artist whose visionary and liminal work is based in close observation of the plants and pollinators – specifically bees – of her ga...

  • Added: Jul 29, 2020
  • Length: 59:00