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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 • 227 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.

    Growing Garden Life w/ Jessica Walliser

    Growing Garden Life w/ Jessica Walliser

    Jessica Walliser is an avid gardener and professional horticulturist – working in the business of plants and gardening since the tender age of 15. As she has matured as a gardener, so too have her understandings and passions, and she now considers herself a devoted bug lover as well as a devoted plant lover because, you know, these two groups of lives we love are wholly interdependent.

    Jessica is a former garden podcaster, a co-founder of the online gardening resource Savvy Gardening, and the author of many books reflective of her journey and knowledge, including "Good Bug, Bad Bug"; "Attracting Beneficial Insects to your Garden", and most recently, "Plant Partners: Science-Based Companion Planting Strategies” (Artisan Press, 2020).

    Listen in this week as we discuss how far we’ve come in our mainstream gardening practices this past 50 years, from companion planting to cover cropping, interplanting to the joys of watching predatory robber flies help control Japanese beetles. We also cover the even greater joy of knowing that more life in your garden equals more health in your garden life.

    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
    Growing Gently: Honeysuckle & Hilda, The Floral Work Of Claire Bowen, UK

    Growing Gently: Honeysuckle & Hilda, The Floral Work Of Claire Bowen, UK

    Through the many twists and turns of life, hers including a life-threatening battle with an auto-immune disorder and lung cancer, Claire’s organizing ethos has become: “Go Gently."

    An environmental advocate before turning to flowers as her life path, Claire is also the author/co-creator of a new book entitled “The Healing Power of Flowers”, which looks around the year at the meaning, magic, and medicine of 80 flowers.

    The book, photographed by Eva Nemeth, is an update and expansion on the Victorian Language of flowers, with seasonality and sustainability at its heart.

    As we in the Northern Hemisphere approach the Summer Solstice, Claire shares more about her gentle garden and floral life journey.

    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
    Slow Flowers for Summer, with Debra Prinzing

    Slow Flowers for Summer, with Debra Prinzing

    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 in the US and before the Summer Solstice in a few weeks) to share more about the many facets of her passion for being a voice for the floral world.

    Debra Prinzing is the founder and leader of The Slow Flowers Society.
    As a Seattle-based writer, speaker and leading advocate for American Grown Flowers, Debra’s many Slow Flowers-branded projects have convened a national conversation that stimulates consumers and professionals alike to make conscious choices about the flowers in their lives.

    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.

    • 54 min
    On Refugia: Growing Connection

    On Refugia: Growing Connection

    Just outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a team of plant folks known as Refugia is growing connection among places and people from their beautifully designed native plant gardens and radiating out from those.

    This week, Cultivating Place is joined by Refugia founder Jeff Lorenz, by stewardship manager Esther Scanlon, by Lead Project Manager Ronnie Ludwig, and Melissa Nase Refugia’s lead Landscape Designer and Greenhouse Manager.

    The team shares the process and ethos of Refugia as they design, create and help to steward functional landscapes that are ecologically beneficial, beautiful, and resilient - and perhaps most importantly, connective.

    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 5 min
    Fearless Gardening, With The Danger Garden's Loree Bohl

    Fearless Gardening, With The Danger Garden's Loree Bohl

    Loree Bohl is the Portland Oregon-based founder and visionary gardener behind the well-known and well-loved Danger Garden Blog.

    In true Danger Garden fashion, Loree’s new book Fearless Gardening empowers us all to be bold, break the rules and grow what you love. Loree joins Cultivating Place this week to empower all of us with a sense of boldness in the garden.

    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
    Being Radicle, A Conversation W/Landscape Architect Christie Green, Santa Fe, NM

    Being Radicle, A Conversation W/Landscape Architect Christie Green, Santa Fe, NM

    This week on Cultivating Place, we have the second of a two-part series celebrating the publication of Under Western Skies in conversation with landscape architect Christie Green, of Radicle landscape architecture based in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

    Radicle as in the first intrepid and primary growing root of a seedling and the idea of advocating for fundamental or revolutionary changes in current practices, conditions, or institutions.

    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

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
227 Ratings

227 Ratings

Catzmiaow ,

Really good

I love what I learn when I listen to this

kmvandergrift ,

Outstanding.

This podcast, hosted by the superlative Jennifer Jewel, is a balm to the soul in these times of strife. After each and every episode, I feel rejuvenated and calm. Thanks to the entire Cultivating Place team for this outstanding program.

Kestie77 ,

Master interviewer

I love Jennifer’s calm style of interviewing. You can the question she asks are trying to get to the true representation of the person she is interviewing, not just checking off a list of questions. Such a great diversity of guests and their expertise.

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