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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At a time when our gardens large and small often feel more important than ever, I think our focus on exactly what our gardens contain and consist o...

  • Added: Aug 19, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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In the heat of the dog days of summer, Cultivating Place celebrates the farms and gardens striving to not draw down resources but to contribute res...

  • Added: Aug 11, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: image courtesy of Sarah Chase Shaw, author of On the Roof of the Rocky Mountains, the Botanical Legacy of The Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, Vail’s Alpine Treasure (2021).
This week on Cultivating Place we continue our high-elevation garden view, now in Vail, Colorado at The Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, leaders in the r...

  • Added: Aug 04, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Cultivating Place we gain a little perspective with a lot of altitude as we begin a two-part series on 'Gardening at Elevation’. Isa ...

  • Added: Jul 28, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Hannah Gardner is a gardener, writer, and mother. She is a garden designer and plantswoman with a passion for traveling the world to learn about an...

  • Added: Jul 21, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: David and son in home garden, Credit: images by Caitlin Atkinson, All Rights Reserved.
David Godshall is a landscape architect, gardener, and meta-garden philosopher making his way with his young family and his Terremoto Landscape Arc...

  • Added: Jul 14, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Bonnie J Clarke is a professor of anthropology at the University of Denver. Her new book Finding Solace in the Soil, Archaeology of Gardens and Gar...

  • Added: Jul 07, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: All images courtesy of Ali Meders-Knight, Chico TEK
Ali Meders-Knight is a Mechoopda tribal member whose traditional and present homelands are based in interior Northern California, A mother of five,...

  • Added: Jun 30, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Images courtesy of Kelly D. Norris, all rights reserved.
At a time in the gardening world when we're hearing the phrase "ecologically functional gardens" and "ecological landscape design" with great regul...

  • Added: Jun 23, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Photos courtesy of Jessica Walliser, All Rights Reserved.
Jessica Walliser is an avid gardener and professional horticulturist – working in the business of plants and gardening since the tender age of 15. ...

  • Added: Jun 16, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Claire Bowen is the woman behind Honeysuckle and Hilda: a florist who likes to write and her two little dogs. Based in Oxfordshire, in a tiny villa...

  • Added: Jun 10, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Debra Prinzing is the founder and leader of The Slow Flowers Society – She joins Cultivating Place in this first week of summer (after Memorial Day...

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  • Added: Jun 02, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
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Just outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania a team of plant folks known as Refugia is growing connection among places and people from their beautifu...

  • Added: May 27, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Loree Bohl is the Portland Oregon-based founder and visionary gardener behind the well-known and well-loved Danger Garden Blog. In true Danger Gard...

  • Added: May 20, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Image of Christie Green in her home garden by Caitlin Atkinson, from Under Western Skies, all rights reserved.
This week on Cultivating Place, we have the second of a two-part series celebrating the publication of Under Western Skies in conversation with lan...

  • Added: May 13, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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CAITLIN ATKINSON is a photographer of places, spaces, and all things botanical. She has been my partner this past 2 + years in creating our new bo...

  • Added: May 06, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Claire Ratinon is a gardener, a writer, and a passionate advocate for the growing a food no matter where you live or how small a space you might li...

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  • Added: Apr 28, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Photos courtesy of Tomatomania all rights reserved.
It’s spring in the northern hemisphere (even though snow is still making visitations to parts of the North American right now), and gardeners acros...

  • Added: Apr 21, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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In honor of these plants and their communities, Cultivating Place speaks this week with members of the California Native Plant Society community to...

  • Added: Apr 15, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Amyrose Foll is a mother, a farmer, and a big thinker. As the executive director and founder of the multifaceted Virginia Free Farm at Spotted Pig ...

  • Added: Apr 07, 2021
  • Length: 59:00