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: PHOTOS courtesy of Colleen Southwell, the Garden Curator. Image of Colleen in her studio by Madeline Young. All rights reserved.
In the throes of high summer, Cultivating Place continues to explore the fruits of the imaginative nature of the garden. We begin a two part series...

  • Added: Jul 22, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Images from The Imagination of Plants (SUNY Press, 2019), used courtesy of Matthew Hall
A good read often plumbs the depths of imagination, for Matthew Hall - gardener & researcher at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand – it...

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  • Added: Jul 15, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
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This week on Cultivating Place we take a summer amble with with British-based Californian Kathryn Aalto – an historian, designer, and writer whose ...

  • Added: Jul 08, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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In honor of the Fourth of July, Cultivating Place is joined this week by the acclaimed writer and gardener Jamaica Kincaid, whose work "My Garden (...

  • Added: Jul 01, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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Amy Goldman is a gardener, author artist and longtime advocate for seed saving, plant breeding, and heirloom fruits and vegetables. Her mission has...

  • Added: Jun 24, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Nadia holding a Carolina Sphinx Moth
Nadia Ruffin is an entomologist, gardener and educator. She is the founder of Agricademy Inc, and Urban Farm Sista based in Cincinatti, Ohio. A lov...

  • Added: Jun 17, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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June is traditionally a month in which many, many weddings are celebrated with family, food, and FLOWERS. With many of these weddings on hold this ...

  • Added: Jun 10, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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Ross Gay is gardener - he is also an award winning poet and a professor. A founding board member of the Bloomington Community Orchard, a food justi...

  • Added: Jun 02, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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Melanie Falick is a maker of many things by hand, and in her work from knitting to gardening, welding to baking, she explores the connection betwee...

  • Added: May 27, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: PHOTO from book: From Growing Weed in the Garden. Photographs by Rachel Weill. Published by Abrams Books.
Cannabis sativa is a plant which is equally loved and reviled, common and commonly misunderstood. As the rest of our warm season crops – tomatoes, ...

  • Added: May 20, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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Fallon Shea is a self-described rose devotee and roseologist currently making her life with roses in Southern California as a grower, designer, art...

  • Added: May 13, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Courtesy of David Austin Roses
Cultivating Place kicks off the month of May - with two-episodes focused on ROSES – we start off this week before Mother’s Day here in the U.S., wi...

  • Added: May 06, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Uli Lorimer
Uli Lorimer is director of Horticulture for the Native Plant Trust in Massachusetts. His work as a native plant and biodiversity advocate is inform...

  • Added: Apr 29, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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Rebecca Burgess is a gardener, weaver and natural dyer. She is the executive director of Fibershed, the chair of the Carbon Cycle Institute, and th...

  • Added: Apr 22, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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For many the orders to stay at home are also encouraging permission slips to GARDEN. On Cultivating Place this week, we are joined by Nicole Johnse...

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  • Added: Apr 08, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
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While we head into another month under social distancing and self-isolation restrictions in order to flatten the curve of the novel coronavirus COV...

  • Added: Apr 01, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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Women’s History month on Cultivating Place continues this week, knowing that radio and new voices are especially important to us all right now. Dr....

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  • Added: Mar 18, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
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Women’s History month on Cultivating Place continues this week with Andrea DeLong-Amaya, Director of Horticulture at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflow...

  • Added: Mar 11, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Photo courtesy of Tiffany Freeman
This week we wrap up our series on the healing power of gardens and kick off our Women’s History Month all at the same time. For every episode in ...

  • Added: Mar 03, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Photo of Matt in his home orchid collection, Credit: image courtesy of Matt Wichrowski
As we start to wind down our series on Healing Gardens and Therapeutic Landscape design, we’re joined by Matthew J. Wichrowski, MSW HTR, Clinical A...

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  • Added: Feb 26, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1