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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

    • Philosophy
    • 4.7, 161 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.

    Writing Wild: 25 Women Poets, Ramblers & Mavericks w/ Kathryn Aalto

    Writing Wild: 25 Women Poets, Ramblers & Mavericks w/ Kathryn Aalto

    This week on Cultivating Place we take a summer amble with British-based Californian Kathryn Aalto – a historian, designer, and writer whose most recent book Writing Wild: Women Poets, Ramblers, and Mavericks offers all of us some much needed outdoor adventure with some admirable women of words. 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 Play and Stitcher. To read more and for many more photos please visit www.cultivatingplace.com.

    • 56 min
    Botany, Geography, History & Power At The Heart Of The Garden, W/ Jamaica Kincaid

    Botany, Geography, History & Power At The Heart Of The Garden, W/ Jamaica Kincaid

    In honor of the Fourth of July, Cultivating Place is joined this week by the acclaimed writer and gardener Jamaica Kincaid, whose work "My Garden (Book)" published in the late 1990s, explores how the length and depth of human history - beautiful and terrible - is a narrative fully legible in our gardens and horticulture of today. As a citizen gardener, she sees potential redemption for humanity in kindness and in striving to honor one another the best we can - in our places, with our plants. 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 Play and Stitcher. To read more and for many more photos please visit www.cultivatingplace.com.

    • 58 min
    Summer Garden Gems: The Melon, With Amy Goldman

    Summer Garden Gems: The Melon, With Amy Goldman

    Amy Goldman is a gardener, author-artist, and longtime advocate for seed saving, plant breeding, and heirloom fruits and vegetables. Her mission has for many years been to celebrate and catalog the magnificent diversity of standard, open-pollinated, heirloom varieties, and their conservation.

    Her books include The Compleat Squash – A Passionate Growers Guide to Pumpkins, Squashes, and Gourds, and most recently The Melon, which will entice and educate, whether you are a passionate gardener, a locavore, or simply delight in the inherent beauty and evanescence of the fruits of the vine.

    Illustrated by Victor Schrager, and many years in the making, The Melon is a comprehensive and definitive work that includes portraits in words and photographs of 125 extraordinary varieties, expert advice on cultivation and seed saving, and delicious melon recipes.

    Amy Goldman’s mission is to celebrate, catalog, and conserve standard, open-pollinated fruit, and vegetable varieties. As we come back she shares more on how her newest book The Melon encourages everyone to grow, enjoy, save seed from and share forward the great diversity of melons and watermelons, plants whose ancient wild progenitors hail from Africa, India, and Persian regions and whose histories are intertwined with the people of these places and their diasporas across time and space. 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 Play and Stitcher. To read more and for many more photos please visit cultivatingplace.com.

    • 56 min
    FOR THE LOVE OF 'BUGS' (INSECTS) with Entomologist Nadia Ruffin

    FOR THE LOVE OF 'BUGS' (INSECTS) with Entomologist Nadia Ruffin

    Nadia Ruffin is an entomologist, gardener, and educator. She is the founder of Agricademy Inc and Urban Farm Sista based in Cincinnati, Ohio. A lover of bugs and all insects and life forms since she was very young, Nadia loves sharing this admiration and curiosity, with youth especially.

    In 2018 the Cincinnati City Council honored Nadia’s farming and agriculture initiatives, the primary focus of which is to share her knowledge and passion for the biological world and all that it offers to us in the way of endless and healthy wonder, food, beauty, and learning. It's National Pollinator Week and this week we revisit our 2019 conversation with Nadia to explore this wonder and this work. As a bonus - we talk about the importance of meeting and managing our own irrational fears. 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 Play and Stitcher. To read more and for many more photos please visit www.cultivatingplace.com.

    • 54 min
    Wedding(FLOWERS)Season, With Philippa Craddock, UK

    Wedding(FLOWERS)Season, With Philippa Craddock, UK

    June is traditionally a month in which many, many weddings are celebrated with family, food, and FLOWERS.

    With many of these weddings on hold this year due to Covid-19, we catch up with floral creative Philippa Craddock to talk about the business of floristry, the sustainability of it on several levels, and to reminisce about the lovely florals - from epic arches to the most romantic of bouquets which Philippa designed for the Lovely Meghan Markle and her Prince Harry, now the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

    The world was watching this wedding for a variety of reasons, I was watching for the flowers and they did not disappoint. 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 Play and Stitcher. To read more and for many more photos please visit www.cultivatingplace.com.

    • 55 min
    Unabashed Gratitude, Delight & Structures Of Care - Ross Gay, Poet Gardener

    Unabashed Gratitude, Delight & Structures Of Care - Ross Gay, Poet Gardener

    Ross Gay is a gardener - he is also an award-winning poet and a professor. A founding board member of the Bloomington Community Orchard, a food justice and joy project, Ross joins Cultivating Place this day of Thanksgiving to share more about his garden life journey, the structure of care it represents, and the unabashed gratitude and delight it brings him daily. Join us!

    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 Play and Stitcher. To read more and for many more photos please visit www.cultivatingplace.com.

    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
161 Ratings

161 Ratings

Orangebird ,

Wonderful listening pleasure!

I have to tell you that I was looking for any gardening podcasts and especially one with the art of roses. I have listened to those two podcast on roses which I loved, but wanted more. So, I listened to six in a row. I usually listen to these podcasts when I can’t sleep but these were so interesting that I took my listening device with me to work on my art work, out in the garden, and to the kitchen to eat breakfast. I. listened to the podcast “Making a Life” and “Weeds in your garden”. I have to tell you I enjoyed every single one of them. Thank you Jennifer for seeking out the most interesting people to interview. I am hooked on your presentations and everything about the podcast.

ShugeesPlace ,

Inspiring, educational and enchanting

Jennifer is one of my favorite people. She has inspired me many times.
She researched well for her show and her voice is soothing and every show I listen to I want to open up time to listen to more. I have a personal goal to finally listen to every one she has cultivated. 🥰 I’ll get there but each one is a valuable use of valuable time.

Nina in Denver ,

New favorite podcast, great COVID coping

This podcast is like visiting with good neighbors over the garden fence... neighbors with good stories to share and a breadth and depth of expertise that comes out at a relaxed pace that matches my own. I appreciate the reflective space that is offered, and silly as it may sound, I like the sound of Jennifer’s voice (nice added bonus).

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