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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As we tend toward summer’s end, with end of summer and fall events and celebrations perhaps in mind, maybe even winter events in the planning, we t...

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  • Added: Aug 16, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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In the throes of fire season in the especially the western regions of North America, this week we turn to the idea of not only gardening for beauty...

  • Added: Aug 09, 2023
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Sam Hoadley is the Manager of Horticultural Research at the Mt. Cuba Center in Delaware, a remarkable botanic garden and conservation center as wel...

  • Added: Aug 02, 2023
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Erin Presley is the herb, woodland, and pond garden horticulturist at Olbrich Botanical Gardens, a 16-acre, free, public garden founded in 1952 on ...

  • Added: Jul 26, 2023
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The garden in summer is at its fullest sensory delight and overwhelm – the peak of sunlight, growing hours, heat, and growth, ripening and even rot...

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  • Added: Jul 19, 2023
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The garden in summer is what we all dream of: some down time, some play time, fresh flavors, fragrances, and of course, flowers and fun. This week ...

  • Added: Jul 12, 2023
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Novelist Jane Delury describes herself as a fledgling (maybe seedling?) gardener after 8 years into gardening being part of her everyday life and l...

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  • Added: Jul 05, 2023
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This week before July is upon us and thoughts of what it means to be a citizen fill our minds, hearts, and collective messaging, I am so pleased to...

  • Added: Jun 28, 2023
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In our ongoing exploration of who gardeners are, where are gardeners are, and how they are growing our world, I am so pleased to be back in convers...

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National Pollinator Week is an annual celebration since 2010 in support of pollinator health that was initiated and is managed by Pollinator Partne...

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No matter what you might call it – Rewilding, wildscaping, backyard habitats, Acts of Restorative Kindness, Native plant habitat gardening, Homegro...

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  • Added: Jun 07, 2023
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Welcome June! This week, the third and final-for-now conversation in our series on the state of seed for native ecosystem restoration through the l...

  • Added: May 31, 2023
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Pat Reynolds is a restoration ecologist with more than 30 years of professional experience in the design, implementation and monitoring of habitat ...

  • Added: May 23, 2023
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This week we kick off a several part series looking into the state of seed specifically wildland seed for conservation and ecological restoration i...

  • Added: May 17, 2023
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We are now mid-May, half way through a month of graduations, spring celebrations and weddings, and Mother’s Day is upon us here in the US this comi...

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  • Added: May 10, 2023
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As we head into the exuberance of May and towards mother’s day celebrations here in the U.S., this week we speak again with award-winning poet, sch...

  • Added: May 03, 2023
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As we close out April, a best of conversation from Mother’s Day 2022. Can we ever get enough nurturing energy in the world? Enjoy! David Rawle i...

  • Added: Apr 26, 2023
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t is now Mid-April and this week we are celebrating both California Native Plant Week AND the week of Earth Day. Wildflowers are blooming and being...

  • Added: Apr 19, 2023
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Great gardens need great plants, and great plants people the world over, throughout history, have made it their lives’ calling to bring gardeners g...

  • Added: Apr 12, 2023
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I know the adage goes that April showers bring May flowers, but based on images from across the Northern Hemisphere – from snow drops in Vermont, C...

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  • Added: Apr 05, 2023
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