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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For this penultimate episode of Women’s History month, Cultivating Place heads to Tacoma, Washington to chat with Tyra Shenaurlt, horticulture reso...

  • Added: Mar 22, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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This week we revisit a best-of Cultivating Place conversation focusing on seeding our imaginations—metaphorically and literally, with Diane Wilson ...

  • Added: Mar 01, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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In a continuation of Women’s History Month, and our ongoing expiration of who gardeners are, where gardeners are, and what they are growing in this...

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  • Added: Mar 01, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
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In this first week of March, we kick off Women’s History Month in conversation with one of the great critical thinkers and writers of our time, Reb...

  • Added: Feb 27, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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This last week of February, we return to our love of apples – and the warm comfort of eating and cooking with home grown ones, a particular joy in ...

  • Added: Feb 22, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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Now more than halfway from the winter solstice to the spring equinox, many of us have seeds of spring and summer foods on our minds (and hearts). S...

  • Added: Feb 15, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Abra and members of the Oakland Cemetery horticulture and administrative teams in Atlanta, January 2023; Images from the Auburn University’s Black Garden History graduate class’ award-winning show garden, "Mixed Shades, Much Joy” at the 2022 Philadelphia , Credit: Jennifer Jewel
Love is already a theme in the work of Cultivating Place, to be sure, but with last week’s loving work around the restoration of historic apple orc...

  • Added: Feb 08, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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As February is upon us we turn from a love letter to biodiversity writ large, to a labor of love in conserving the biodiversity of one iconic fruit...

  • Added: Feb 01, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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This week we complete our 4-part conservation series kicking off 2023, by taking a broader look at the Klamath River’s namesake region and the impo...

  • Added: Jan 25, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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This week we continue our multi-part series on the many facets of the global 30 x 30 conservation efforts as they continue across the state of Cali...

  • Added: Jan 11, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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This week Cultivating Place kicks off a multi-part series devoted to the international, national, state, and local conservation efforts collectivel...

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  • Added: Jan 04, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Image courtesy of Garden Masterclass, all rights reserved.
As we look out over a new garden year, this week a conversation to help us meet our garden learning goals. Award-winning designers, writers, educat...

  • Added: Dec 28, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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Many listeners will remember an earlier conversation I had with Cris on Cultivating Place in April of 2021, when Cris was the Board Chair of the Ca...

  • Added: Dec 21, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Image courtesy of Maria Popova; All rights reserved.
This week, a pre-Solstice offering for Cultivating Place listeners! Maria Popova is the creator and writer behind The Marginalian (formerly known a...

  • Added: Dec 14, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Image courtesy of Judith B. Tankard, all rights reserved.
This week – we visit and learn from gardeners past as we look to the future in conversation with Judith Tankard, a landscape historian, author, and...

  • Added: Dec 07, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Image courtesy of Kier Holmes, all rights reserved.
Kier Holmes is a garden designer and writer regularly contributing to the likes of Martha Stewart, Better Homes and Gardens, Gardenista, Sonoma Mag...

  • Added: Nov 30, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Photo courtesy of Rebecca Schiller, all rights reserved.
Rebecca Schiller is a gardener, a smallholding steward, an activist, and author of: A Thousand Ways to Pay Attention, A Memoir of Coming Home to My...

  • Added: Nov 23, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Photo courtesy of Hampden Farms, all rights reserved.
Zepherine - Zee – Hanson is an Air Force Veteran who after 8 years serving as a military photo-journalist took a medical retirement in 2004. As par...

  • Added: Nov 16, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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In one of our more flamboyant arboreal seasons of the year—when our charismatic woody megaflora of the Northern Hemisphere—the trees—are chorophyll...

  • Added: Nov 09, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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Settling into November now, this week on Cultivating Place we’re conversation with three members of the horticultural team at Filoli, a historic ho...

  • Added: Nov 02, 2022
  • Length: 59:00