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 the Cultivating Place series on Healing Gardens dives into one of our most ancient healing plant allies – the Elder – its genus, its hist...

  • Added: Feb 19, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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Even as a girl growing up in Puerto Rico, Perla Sofía Curbelo recognized that the simple act of picking flowers for her mother to put out in their ...

  • Added: Feb 13, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Photo Courtesy of Naomi Sachs
In our second episode in a series around the healing power of plants and gardens in our world, we get an overview of the professional field of Hort...

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  • Added: Feb 05, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
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This week we kick off a series on the Healing Power of Gardens, in the series we’ll visit with Dr. Naomi Sachs, of the the Therapeutic Landscapes N...

  • Added: Jan 29, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: The Final Screw & The First Stool, Credit: Courtesy of Frailty Myths
This week on CP, we're emboldened to consider our strength and power in the garden and in life generally by Erinn Carter and Georgia Faye Hirsty, t...

  • Added: Jan 22, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: courtesy of Marta McDowell and Timber Press 2019
January, and mid-winter indeed feels poetic in its spareness, and while many poets come to mind, for me Emily Dickinson stands out for seasonality ...

  • Added: Jan 15, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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It's shaping up to be a big news year for Washington DC, so this week Cultivating Place heads to the capital, but we’re there to check in with the ...

  • Added: Jan 08, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Courtesy of Joe Joe Clark
As we ring in the New Year of this New Decade with the power of 2020 ours for the making, this week we are welcoming gardener, naturalist, educator...

  • Added: Dec 31, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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From anecdotal and personal experiences, we know that many gardeners in the world are born of early childhood experiences, while I can’t get every ...

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  • Added: Dec 23, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Photo courtesy of Amy Merrick
Since time immemorial flowers have accompanied humans on our journeys – this week Cultivating Place welcomes the divine Amy Merrick, writer, floris...

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  • Added: Dec 18, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
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Ken Druse is a gardener and garden writer. This week on Cultivating Place Ken joins us to explore and revel in the scented Side of the garden - the...

  • Added: Dec 11, 2019
  • 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: Nov 27, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: courtesy of Brie Arthur
This week – heading swiftly into the winter holiday season good food cooking and baking and communing – Cultivating Place is joined by grow-your-ow...

  • Added: Nov 20, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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This week we’re settling into the flavors of the Autumn season – and the seasonings we turn to in cooler weather - headed toward the tastes of the ...

  • Added: Nov 13, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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In honor of the 1 year anniversary of the CampFire, Cultivating Place is joined this week by Douglas Kent, author of Firescaping, and Calli-Jane De...

  • Added: Nov 06, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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From his "Growing with Plants” blog to his first book "Mastering the Art of Vegetable Growing”, which he researched, photographed and wrote – plant...

  • Added: Oct 30, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Courtesy of Misti Little, Credit: Misti Little
Misti Little is an environmental consultant working in GIS services. As a naturalist, gardener, explorer and fellow garden audio producer, she (and...

  • Added: Oct 23, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Photos courtesy of Tucker Fitzpatrick - all rights reserved.
Tucker Fitzpatrick is a home gardener who thinks a lot about how cultural norms and biases directly impact how and why we garden in interesting way...

  • Added: Oct 16, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Mary Reynolds
Irish plantswoman Mary Reynolds has cultivated a deep love of her place in the mountains of Wicklow, Ireland - in all its complexity and mystery. ...

  • Added: Oct 08, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: courtesy of Abelow Sherman Architects
"the history of architecture and humankind’s underlying psyche is to connect to the outdoors - people always talk about light and view in relation ...

  • Added: Oct 02, 2019
  • Length: 59:00