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


94 Pieces

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Caption: From left to right: Zenobia, Nina and Gayelle at the BBG, Credit: PHYLLIS BELKIN
The best public gardens are in fact community gardens at some level, this week on Cultivating Place we’re speaking with gardeners from New York Cit...

  • Added: May 17, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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LIFE FORCE: In honor of mother’s day here in the US this coming weekend, we’re joined by artist, floral designer, textile designer and all around c...

Bought by 'The Sea'


  • Added: May 10, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
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TRUTH, BEAUTY, CHAOS & PLANTS - May Day is upon us and we celebrate in conversation with Australian gardener and writer - Georgina Reid. Based in A...

  • Added: May 03, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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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: Apr 26, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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In our fifth episode of our five part series on our gardens as habitat and we gardeners as powerful land stewards and biodiversity protectors, we v...

  • Added: Apr 19, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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Hummingbirds are a beloved and charismatic creature of the Americas, the more than 350 species of which have coevolved with the flora of the Americ...

  • Added: Apr 19, 2019
  • Length: 58:59
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In this our third in a five part series, on our gardens as important habitat links for the wildlife of our regions we’re joined by Horticulturist C...

  • Added: Apr 05, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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In this our third in a five part series, on our gardens as important habitat links for the wildlife of our regions we’re joined by Horticulturist C...

  • Added: Jun 19, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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In 2018, scientists reported dramatic losses in populations of one of North America’s most charismatic insects, the Monarch butterfly, with an esti...

  • Added: Apr 02, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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The news goes from bad to worse when we’re talking about biodiversity, insect declines and habitat loss in our world. This week we kick off an all ...

  • Added: Mar 22, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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Spring is right around the corner and Spring Break Season is here – have you been outside lately? Have you been outside to play? Our guests this we...

  • Added: Mar 15, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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On Cultivating Place this week – we’re joined by Pam Penick of the Garden Blog Digging and founder of the Garden Bloggers Fling, together with Judy...

  • Added: Mar 08, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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Working to ensure a bright and just future for U.S. Agriculture – that’s the work of the The National Young Farmers coalition whose advocacy, train...

  • Added: Mar 01, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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Home of the famed spring plant sale HORTLANDIA, The Hardy Plant Society of Oregon is a thriving community of gardeners and Hort Heads who offer yea...

  • Added: Feb 22, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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Gardeners and naturalists are remarkably ardent self-directed, life-long learners and doers. And the winter season is well-adapted to gardeners’ co...

  • Added: Feb 15, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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As an early Valentine to this garden life and plant loving community, Cultivating Place offers out a conversation with Melina Sempill Watts, author...

  • Added: Feb 07, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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Just three months since California’s November 2018 Fires made global headlines, the great winter greening of our state is underway and with it the ...

  • Added: Jan 31, 2019
  • Length: 58:58
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Danger Ahead: Home gardener and garden blogger Loree Bohl loves a garden with stand-out foliage and bold form. But pay attention - it can be danger...

  • Added: Jan 25, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
Caption:  A Northern California Fen wetland in all of its biodiversity. Botanist Linnea Hanson is a statewide expert on the specialized plant communities and ecology of California Fens, Credit: Jennifer Jewell
Plants are all around us, and wherever there are plants, there are likely to be botanists at work trying to study, know and understand them better ...

  • Added: Jan 10, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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Some Floral tete a tete fun visits Cultivating Place this week just in time for the New Year. Josh Werber – founder of Floral Tete a Tete, a creati...

  • Added: Dec 27, 2018
  • Length: 59:00