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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On Cultivating Place this week, as we revisit a Best Of conversation with Vivien Sansour, the heart and head behind The Palestine Heirloom Seed Lib...

  • Added: Jan 19, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Image of the Johnny’s Crew circa 1987, 2nd: Dave Melhorn, CEO; 3rd: Lauren Giroux, Director of Product Selection and Trialing Research; 4th: Lettuce Field Trials.
As seed catalogues continue to arrive in our mailboxes and in-boxes daily, filling our notebooks and dreams, we take a behind the scenes look at an...

  • Added: Jan 12, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Photo Courtesy of Kellee Matsushita-Tseng, Brave New Seed, all rights reserved.
As a farewell to the calendar year that has been, and a welcome/seeding for the new year that will be, I am joined by seedperson and agent of growi...

  • Added: Dec 29, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Gary Paul Nabhan is a gardener, an agricultural ecologist, an ethnobotanist, and an ecumenical Franciscan Brother based in Patagonia, Arizona. He i...

  • Added: Dec 22, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Image of Devorah Brous, courtesy of FromSoil2Soul. All rights reserved.
Winter in the Northern Hemisphere is a time of dormancy for the plant and animal kingdoms alike. While it may look relatively still and quiet, it i...

  • Added: Dec 15, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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As another offering to all of you in your gardens tending toward the Solstice in just a few weeks on December 21st, this week we are in conversatio...

  • Added: Dec 08, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Mike Sullivan is the author of the trees in San Francisco, Jason De Wees is a horticulturist and author of Designing with Palms and Richard Turner ...

  • Added: Dec 01, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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As a gardener and a human in this exact time on our planet, and in this specific season of the year - a season of communal gathering and thankfulne...

  • Added: Nov 17, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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This week I’m thankful for my own garden, of course, but also for the good fresh food grown for all of us by so many hard working souls wherever yo...

  • Added: Nov 24, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Heather McCargo of the Wild Seed Project, image courtesy of Wild Seed Project, from the Portland Press Herald.
The Wild Seed Project envisions a landscape where people help re-populate the landscape to be abundant with native plants (primarily grown from see...

  • Added: Nov 10, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Garden Museum entrance
Last week on Cultivating Place, we looked at Gardens and history through the lens of an historic Garden Cemetery – this week we look at Garden Hist...

  • Added: Nov 03, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Just in time for Samhain, All Hallow’s Eve, and Day of the Dead observances, this week we explore the sacred, green and communal space of a cemeter...

  • Added: Oct 27, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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As we enter the season of seed saving, of easing into dormancy, beginning to consider next season through the lens of the last season, of forward p...

  • Added: Oct 13, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Photos courtesy of Photobotanic.com
In our second episode focusing on the inspiring beauty of dry gardens and the plants and people who love them, Cultivating Place is joined this wee...

  • Added: Oct 06, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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As we near the close of a dry, dry season in the generally dry climates of much of the US west, this week Cultivating Place has the first of a two ...

  • Added: Sep 29, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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As a native plant and seed teacher and student, Ernesto’s greatest hope is to have his work serve as a green and living bridge for people to to dev...

  • Added: Sep 21, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Photo of Rabbi Waskow benching Luvav from Slate.com
September, October, and November are traditional harvest celebration months in the Northern Hemisphere from variations on Octoberfests to those aro...

  • Added: Sep 14, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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This week Cultivating Place offers out the first in a two-part series on the sacred of the everyday in our seasonal garden lives, the first in conv...

  • Added: Sep 08, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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On Cultivating Place this week we celebrate (and say farewell) to the fullness of summer at its calendar-end with Labor Day weekend in full view he...

  • Added: Sep 01, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Courtesy of Brooklyn Bridge Park and Rebecca McMackin, all rights reserved.
Rebecca McMackin is an ecologically focused horticulturist and garden designer. For the past decade, she has been the Director of Horticulture for ...

  • Added: Aug 25, 2021
  • Length: 59:00