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 we hear the magical story of how two gardeners, separated by time, came together to grow all of our imaginations. ...

  • Added: Jan 10, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Esme Cabrera with her art
Esme Cabrera is an artist, a naturalist, and a born educator. Under the Instagram name “la-mamigami", Esme experiments, shares, and nurtures a p...

  • Added: Jan 03, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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We opened up 2023 here on Cultivating Place focusing on biodiversity, and we close the year similarly, with diverse plant community-thinking gettin...

  • Added: Dec 27, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Image courtesy of Collin Pine, illustration by Tiffany Everett, all rights reserved.
Collin Pine is an avid gardener, as well as an educator and writer. His first book is a work of garden-based children’s literature, The Garden Next...

  • Added: Dec 20, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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​ Jennifer Jewell ​ Caribbean born British-based writer and Gardener, Marchelle Farrell is the author of Uprooting: From the Caribbean to the Coun...

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  • Added: Dec 12, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
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In our ongoing exploration of who gardeners are, where gardeners are, and what they are growing in this world, I am thrilled to be joined this week...

  • Added: Dec 06, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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Jac Semmler is a plant practitioner, a multi-disciplinary, creative, high skilled horticulturist, and the human behind an epic new book and the Aus...

  • Added: Nov 29, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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In our world at this time, I give thanks for the leadership voices that ground us in innovative ways of thinking and seeing our own power for growi...

  • Added: Nov 21, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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This week we’re in conversation with award-winning plantsman Riz Reyes of Washington State-based RH Horticulture and Landwave Gardens. Riz is the...

  • Added: Nov 15, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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Gwendolyn Wallace is a gardener, a student, a teacher, a historian, and the author of two new works of illustrated children’s literature. Joy Takes...

  • Added: Nov 08, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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As we turn the calendar to November, and the season to decidedly late-fall and even wintery in many places across the U.S., we look toward our fall...

  • Added: Nov 01, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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This week we continue our artistic autumnal theme in conversation with Nina Veteto a conservationist, an artist, and expert storyteller. Known as B...

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  • Added: Oct 25, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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This week in this season of endings and beginnings again we welcome back writer, backyard tender, and heartfelt observer Margaret Renkl joining us ...

  • Added: Oct 18, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Cultivating Place we return to the artistry and also the activism of our plant-loving and garden-growing lives in conversation with Ol...

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  • Added: Oct 11, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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This week we enjoy a conversation with a gardener and garden guru well known and loved: Joe Lamp’l of the famed and award-winning Growing a Greener...

  • Added: Oct 04, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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This week, a Best OF episode revisiting our conversation with Maria Popova, the creator and writer behind The Marginalian (formerly known as Brain ...

  • Added: Sep 27, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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On this special edition of the show, our guest will be Cultivating Place’s wonderful host, Jennifer Jewell. Jennifer has a new book out and it’s ve...

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  • Added: Sep 20, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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This week our second episodes on gardens and green spaces of New York City, getting us primed for The Garden Conservancy’s inaugural Garden Futures...

  • Added: Sep 13, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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To kick off September, we head to the Big Apple where at the end of the month the Garden Conservancy is holding its inaugural Garden Futures Summit...

  • Added: Sep 06, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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Chad Manley is a fellow and lecturer in the school of Landscape Architecture at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Nora Jacobs and Carlos Vela...

  • Added: Aug 30, 2023
  • Length: 59:00