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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Now available FREE of charge 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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Caption: Mary Reynolds
Irish plantswoman Mary Reynolds has cultivated a deep love of her place in the mountains of Wicklow, Ireland - in all its complexity and mystery. ...

  • Added: Oct 08, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: courtesy of Abelow Sherman Architects
"the history of architecture and humankind’s underlying psyche is to connect to the outdoors - people always talk about light and view in relation ...

  • Added: Oct 02, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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"Loss is the twin of love" – so writes Margaret Renkl in her human and moving memoir of place, plants, people and life entitled "Late Migrations – ...

  • Added: Sep 25, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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Baylor Chapman loves plants and she’s spent a good part of her career helping people to learn about, see, love and care for plants wherever people ...

  • Added: Sep 11, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Lauren E. Oakes, used by permission
Dr. Lauren E. Oakes is a conservation and adaptation scientist working to model and communicate how people can adapt at local levels to the GLOBAL ...

  • Added: Sep 04, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Photo of Rowen and heritage corn, courtesy of The Native Seed Pod.
As we head into the month of the September, and we tend toward the Autumnal Equinox later in the month, I am reminded of this being one of the best...

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  • Added: Aug 30, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
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Alpine and Steppe plants are uniquely interesting individuals and communities of plants that thrive in extreme conditions of high elevations and dr...

  • Added: Aug 30, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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On Cultivating Place this week we speak with two Landscape Architects who came together to create and offer out to the gardening world beautiful, f...

  • Added: Aug 14, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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David Newsom is a filmmaker, storyteller, and outdoorsman. But when his daughter was born he realized he wanted to bring her butterflies, bees and ...

  • Added: Aug 07, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Courtney Allen
This week we dive deep into a conversation on being more observant in our places with historic preservationist Courtney Allen, Director of Public P...

  • Added: Jul 31, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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As gardeners we are many things, among these we are place makers. What does it mean to be a placemaker – what is learned, what is lost, what is gai...

  • Added: Jul 24, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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Abra Lee is a public horticulture leader in the making. From rural roots in Georgia, to a passion for pop music and style, she sees the interweavin...

  • Added: Jul 17, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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There are few things so affirming as growing plants from seed, this week on Cultivating Place, we talk about the adventures of growing flowers from...

  • Added: Jul 10, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Robin Wall Kimmerer
On this Fourth of July – Cultivating Place is pleased to be in conversation with Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer, author of “Braiding Sweetgrass: indigenou...

  • Added: Jul 05, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: by Lauria Kranz with Dean Kuipers
As summer heats us up and slows us down, the garden and in particular the edible garden is front and center. This week Cultivating Place is joined ...

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  • Added: Jun 25, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Robert Hanss and his Daughter Catherine
Robert Hanss and his Daughter Catherine are a father-daughter duo in the Northeast working together to create and care for gardens and horticulture...

  • Added: Jun 19, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Nadia Ruffin, M.S.
Nadia Ruffin is an entomologist, gardener and educator. She is the founder of Agricademy Inc, and Urban Farm Sista based in Cincinatti, Ohio. A lov...

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  • Added: Jun 11, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Photo used courtesy of Leah Penniman
Soul Fire Farm is a working farm in upstate New York committed to ending racism and injustice in the food system, co-founded by Leah Penniman.

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  • Added: Jun 05, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 2
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For many gardeners, Margaret Roach will need no introduction. Longtime Garden Editor of Martha Stewart Living and Editorial Director of Martha Stew...

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  • Added: May 29, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
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In a variation on the Dispatches from the Home Garden series, this week we enjoy a Dispatches from the Home Gardener and Plantsperson. Self-descri...

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  • Added: May 23, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1