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
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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: A native Canyon Dudleya "Dudleya cymosa" also known as “Canyon live-forever.” (2018), Credit: Photo credit Jennifer Jewell
This week we’re joined by two native plantspeople – Julie Nelson and Michael Kauffmann - to delve into the unsettling case of the poached Dudleya t...

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  • Added: Aug 16, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
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In preparation for the 4th of July holiday, this week we visit our nation’s capital and the U.S. Botanic Garden. We’re joined by Devin Dotson, exhi...

  • Added: Aug 16, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: A bee collecting pollen from a flower., Credit: Photo used courtesy of Dave Goulson
On Cultivating Place today we celebrate National Pollinator Week in the US when we’re joined by British biologist, conservationist and Professor of...

  • Added: Aug 14, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Sacramento high school teacher Kevin Garden and students in their school garden., Credit: Photo used courtesy of Kevin Jordan
It is now officially summer vacation for most public school districts in the US. Today, Cultivating Place takes a little field trip to visit Sacram...

  • Added: Aug 14, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf, Credit: Photo used courtesy Thomas Piper
In the global gardening world, Piet Oudolf is synonymous with a naturalistic planting style - rich in sweeps of grouped flowering perennials (often...

  • Added: Aug 14, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: The Humane Gardener , Credit: Photo used courtesy of Nancy Lawson
The Oxford English Dictionary defines the word Humane as this: Being characterized by consideration of other, compassionate. This week on Cultivati...

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  • Added: Aug 14, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: The founders of the Reflection and Social Justice Garden on the Campus of Southern Connecticut University in New Haven, CT., Credit: Photo used courtesy of Southern Connecticut State University
Entryways of Civility, Pathways of Kindness: A Reflection and Social Justice Garden on the Campus of Southern Connecticut University in New Haven, ...

  • Added: Aug 14, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Bettina Mueller's tea garden in Tivoli, NY, Credit: Photo courtesy of Bettina Mueller
Unprecedented – Never to Happen Again. This Zen idiom refers specifically to the transient nature of time and each and every moment no matter how s...

  • Added: Aug 14, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Melody Overstreet , Credit: Photo used courtesy Melody Overstreet
Art in the garden, art from the Garden – these are concepts familiar to most gardeners and yet for many of us also perhaps still largely unplumbed....

  • Added: Aug 14, 2018
  • Length: 58:59
Caption: Microbia: A Journey Into The Unseen World Around You, Credit: Image used courtesy of Eugenia Bone
They are in your garden by the billions, they are in your food, in your house, and all over your skin. They partner us in all we do and they make a...

  • Added: Aug 14, 2018
  • Length: 58:59
Caption: National Children and Youth Garden Symposium
The second best time to become a gardener and nature lover is right now. The first best time, is as a child. This week on Cultivating Place, we’re...

  • Added: Aug 14, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Cultivating Place, a conversation with two members of the horticultural staff at Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's historic home and gard...

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  • Added: Apr 24, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Cultivating Place, we celebrate California Native Plant Week with native plant home gardener Vincent Bellino, as well as through the v...

  • Added: Apr 24, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Cultivating Place, we speak with Emily Murphy, author of the new book "Grow What You love." It’s advice we’re given early in our garde...

  • Added: Apr 04, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: The Wildcrafting Brewer by Pascal Baudar, Credit: Photo courtesy of Pascal Baudar
This week on Cultivating Place we speak with wildcrafter Pascal Baudar. He's the author of The New Wildcrafted Cuisine and The Wildcrafting Brewer ...

  • Added: Mar 26, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Cultivating Place, a conversation with Blanca Diaz also known as Mama Maiz. Blanca is a practicing doula and herbalist whose work take...

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  • Added: Mar 22, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
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This week on Cultivating Place, a conversation with Maria Failla, the host of Bloom & Grow Radio – a unique podcast from New York City designed spe...

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  • Added: Mar 12, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
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This week on Cultivating Place, Designing with Palms – in the heart of Spring Break season where those of us in colder climes might be longing for ...

  • Added: Feb 27, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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Most gardeners love (and covet) a good pot. For house plants, for focal points, for cut arrangements, for … well, just for the love of them. This w...

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  • Added: Feb 19, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
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This week on Cultivating Place, we talk land and water with Hunter Ten Broeck of Waterwise Landscapes in Albuquerque, NM. No matter where we live, ...

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  • Added: Feb 06, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1