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Gardens are more than collections of plants. Gardens and Gardeners are intersectional spaces and agents for positive change in our world. Cultivating Place: Conversations on Natural History and the Human Impulse to Garden is a weekly public radio program & podcast exploring what we mean when we garden. Through thoughtful conversations with growers, gardeners, naturalists, scientists, artists and thinkers, Cultivating Place illustrates the many ways in which gardens are integral to our natural and cultural literacy. These conversations celebrate how these interconnections support the places we cultivate, how they nourish our bodies, and feed our spirits. They change the world, for the better. Take a listen.

Cultivating Place Jennifer Jewell / Cultivating Place

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.7 • 21 Ratings

Gardens are more than collections of plants. Gardens and Gardeners are intersectional spaces and agents for positive change in our world. Cultivating Place: Conversations on Natural History and the Human Impulse to Garden is a weekly public radio program & podcast exploring what we mean when we garden. Through thoughtful conversations with growers, gardeners, naturalists, scientists, artists and thinkers, Cultivating Place illustrates the many ways in which gardens are integral to our natural and cultural literacy. These conversations celebrate how these interconnections support the places we cultivate, how they nourish our bodies, and feed our spirits. They change the world, for the better. Take a listen.

    National Pollinator Week, Summer Solstice & Urban Pollination Ecology with Dr. Monika Egerer

    National Pollinator Week, Summer Solstice & Urban Pollination Ecology with Dr. Monika Egerer

    It is really and truly summer now Happy Summer Solstice Season in the Northern Hemisphere. Are your gardens and parks full of the sound and movements of winged life – the fluttering of moths at your white flowers, at the porch or street light each evening? Dragonflies, mosquitos, bumblebees, and flower flies dancing across your flowers and grasses by day?

    National Pollinator Week is June 20 – 26, and this week we’re in conversation with Dr. Monika Egerer, pollination ecologist at the Technical University of Munich sharing more about the importance of well-designed urban gardens for pollinator support.

    Monika researches the ecology and management of production-oriented ecosystems in and around cities. She pursues an interdisciplinary research approach that analyzes connections between biodiversity, environmental and climate protection, ecosystem services and social-ecological issues in urban agricultural systems. A strong focus of her work is the role of insects and plant biodiversity in urban ecosystems, specifically in the context of habitat management, urbanization and climate change.

    Seems that our gardens as contributions to urban biodiversity depend on our viewing them as habitats and our embrace of an “agroecological” in which the focus on production for our needs (food, flowers, control) and the needs of other lives (ecology) is key. As is a little more wildness... Enjoy!

    Cultivating Place now has a donate button! We thank you so much for listening over the years and we hope you'll support Cultivating Place.

    We can't thank you enough for making it possible for this young program to grow even more of these types of conversations.

    The show is available as a podcast on SoundCloud, iTunes, Google Podcast, and Stitcher. To read more and for many more photos please visit www.cultivatingplace.com.

    • 1 hr
    BLACK FLORA, with Teri Speight in Honor of JUNETEENTH

    BLACK FLORA, with Teri Speight in Honor of JUNETEENTH

    Teresa J Speight is a Washington DC-based gardener, garden historian, and podcaster under the name of Cottage in the Court. Teri’s new book out from Bloom! Imprint is BLACK FLORA – a gorgeous look into transformative humans of color and creativity at work with flowers. Enjoy!

    Cultivating Place now has a donate button! We thank you so much for listening over the years and we hope you'll support Cultivating Place.

    We can't thank you enough for making it possible for this young program to grow even more of these types of conversations.

    The show is available as a podcast on SoundCloud, iTunes, Google Podcast, and Stitcher. To read more and for many more photos, please visit www.cultivatingplace.com.

    • 52 min
    LONG LIVE LOVE FOUNDATION'S Serenity & Healing Garden in Oakland, CA

    LONG LIVE LOVE FOUNDATION'S Serenity & Healing Garden in Oakland, CA

    This week we consider the idea of mental health and our gardens from an even more poignant perspective.

    In the wake of the recent Uvalde and then Oklahoma gun violence deaths and tragedies, I wish this was not such a timely episode, but it is. I am joined this week in conversation by Gabrielle Chanel El, Chanae Pickett, and Ezekiel McCarter - founders of the Long Live Love Foundation.

    Following the traumatic deaths of Gabrielle’s husband and Chanae and Zeke’s father, the Reverend David McCarter in 2011, and Gabrielle’s eldest son and Chanae and Zeke’s brother, Immanuel, several years later, their very personal and lived mission is to support survivors and victims of traumatic violence in part through the solace, sanctuary, and community of a public healing serenity garden in West Oakland, California.

    As we prepare for Juneteenth 2022 - listen in this week!

    Cultivating Place now has a donate button! We thank you so much for listening over the years and we hope you'll support Cultivating Place.

    We can't thank you enough for making it possible for this young program to grow even more of these types of conversations.

    The show is available as a podcast on SoundCloud, iTunes, Google Podcast, and Stitcher. To read more and for many more photos, please visit www.cultivatingplace.com.

    • 53 min
    The Well-Gardened Mind, with Sue Stuart-Smith, BEST OF

    The Well-Gardened Mind, with Sue Stuart-Smith, BEST OF

    I think it’s nearly impossible to try and stay abreast of current events, and not simultaneously need to remind ourselves to care for our individual mental health - for ourselves, but hopefully to contribute to the sanity of our collective as well. I was so pleased to read last week that at one of the garden world’s biggest show events, London’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show, held the last week of May, judges awarded a gold medal to a garden entitled the mind garden, designed by Andy Sturgeon and supported by Crocus. 

    With the idea of mental health care being intertwined with our gardens, this week Cultivating Place revisits a best-of conversation from 2020 with British psychiatrist/psychotherapist, researcher, and gardener, Sue Stuart-Smith, author of "The Well-Gardened Mind: The Restorative Power of Nature", which explores her many years of research and findings on the physiology of the brain and the creativity and connections cultivated in the brain when we are gardening. In this work “of science, insight and anecdote,” Sue demonstrates that “our understanding of nature and its restorative powers is just beginning to flower.” Enjoy!

    Cultivating Place now has a donate button! We thank you so much for listening over the years and we hope you'll support Cultivating Place.

    We can't thank you enough for making it possible for this young program to grow even more of these types of conversations.

    The show is available as a podcast on SoundCloud, iTunes, Google Podcast, and Stitcher. To read more and for many more photos please visit www.cultivatingplace.com.

    • 56 min
    The Power of local garden Knowledge: In The Coastal Garden, Lyons Filmer & Susan Hayes

    The Power of local garden Knowledge: In The Coastal Garden, Lyons Filmer & Susan Hayes

    As summer arrives, more than 1 million US households are now engaged in gardening – a number that is double what it was before the pandemic. This week we focus on the communal power and importance of local garden information – provided in-person, on-air, in writing, or online, to help grow gardeners. We’re in conversation with Lyons Filmer and Susan Hayes, creators and hosts of "In The Coastal Garden", a bi-weekly community radio program serving their region of coastal Northern California, their joy and passion provide a great region-specific template for anywhere people garden. Listen in!

    Cultivating Place now has a donate button! We thank you so much for listening over the years and we hope you'll support Cultivating Place.

    We can't thank you enough for making it possible for this young program to grow even more of these types of conversations.

    The show is available as a podcast on SoundCloud, iTunes, Google Podcast, and Stitcher. To read more and for many more photos please visit www.cultivatingplace.com.

    • 55 min
    The Magical Botanicals of Flora Forager, with Bridget Beth Collins

    The Magical Botanicals of Flora Forager, with Bridget Beth Collins

    IN the spirit of May, this week we’re headed out in the garden, or down the block, or up the trail for some planty wonder and magic in the company of Bridget Beth Collins – the creative force, glittering vision, and imagination behind the botanical art of Flora Forager.

    Bridget is a gardener, a mother, and an artist who often brings all three of her life roles together in her work. She founded the Instagram feed and custom artistry known as Flora Forager in the 2000-teens and has since been the author of three books – The Art of Flora Forager, the Flora Forager ABCs, and most recently the Flower Fairy Journals.

    Bridget joins us this week from her home and garden in Seattle, Washington to share more about the importance of looking at the world through glittering (flowery) eyes. Listen in!

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    Cultivating Place now has a donate button! We thank you so much for listening over the years and we hope you'll support Cultivating Place.

    We can't thank you enough for making it possible for this young program to grow even more of these types of conversations.

    The show is available as a podcast on SoundCloud, iTunes, Google Podcast, and Stitcher. To read more and for many more photos please visit www.cultivatingplace.com.

    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

urbanpmanne ,

Fantastic Podcast

Jennifer is a fantastic and very calming host, bringing a wide range of guests from different cultural backgrounds, different gardening techniques, and practices!

DJ248Mont ,

Very highly recommended

This podcast has planted so many seeds. The range of topics covered is delightfully vast. Jennifer Jewell's calm demeanor is a foil in some ways for the excitement I feel when I discover a new connection or impulse in myself or the greater community she explores. I try to save the episodes to listen to when I am spending time in my garden … I try ...

Yukie H ,

Highly recommend it!

We're in a really tough time right now but listening podcasts really helping me!
I just ordered her new book to be delivered (can't wait!!)
Her voice is so soothing and each topic is very very interesting and educational.
I generally like silence (even though I also love music!) but when you can't shut off your thoughts, it's actually better distract yourself with something.

Thank you Jennifer for the great great contents!

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