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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
    • 4.6 • 185 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.

    Seed Lessons on Transformation, Vivien Sansour & The Palestine Heirloom Seed Library

    Seed Lessons on Transformation, Vivien Sansour & The Palestine Heirloom Seed Library

    Join us this week on Cultivating Place for our final episode in the Seed Change series. We are in conversation with Vivien Sansour, heart and head behind The Palestine Heirloom Seed Library aiming to revive and share forward Palestinian seed heritage and culture of care and gratitude.

    Vivien was born in Palestine and grew up in Bethlehem and then North Carolina.

    She writes: “The seed, the seed, the seed….for what is it but a continuation of ourselves? Aren’t we all seeds?" – Vivien Sansour

    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.

    • 1 hr
    SEEDBANKING A FLORISTIC PROVINCE II: Cheryl Birker, California Botanic Garden

    SEEDBANKING A FLORISTIC PROVINCE II: Cheryl Birker, California Botanic Garden

    This week on Cultivating Place, the third in our 4 part Seed Change series with Cheryl Birker, Seed Conservation Program Manager at California Botanic Garden and with whom we go even deeper into what it means to seed bank a biodiversity hotspot in our world. It’s all about the beauty in the tiniest of details. 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
    Seed Banking A Floristic Province, Naomi Fraga Of California Botanic Garden

    Seed Banking A Floristic Province, Naomi Fraga Of California Botanic Garden

    This week on Cultivating Place, we continue our Seed Change series with Naomi Fraga, research assistant professor of Botany at Claremont Graduate University and Director of Conservation Programs at the California Botanic Garden dedicated to conserving the rich biodiversity of the native plants of California through field research, seed banking, and education programs. 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
    SEED CHANGE: Seeds And Their People, Owen Smith Taylor And Chris Bolden-Newsome

    SEED CHANGE: Seeds And Their People, Owen Smith Taylor And Chris Bolden-Newsome

    This week on Cultivating Place we continue our Seed Change series - a nod to faith and a vote for the next growing season. We’re joined this week by Chris Bolden-Newsome and Owen Smith Taylor - of Sankofa Community Farm at Bartram's Garden and True Love Seed respectively. Farmers and culture keepers, the two protect and steward seed and seed stories - encouraging others to steward their own stories and their own seeds as well. 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
    Best Of: Hope Springs - Growing Flowers From Seed, Clare Foster

    Best Of: Hope Springs - Growing Flowers From Seed, Clare Foster

    In this season of colliding urgencies and not infrequent dismay - the garden offers so many lessons. Among the largest of these, brought to you in the smallest of things, is the hope proffered by seeds. And seed keepers.

    To kick off a new series on seed keepers of the world, this week we revisit our conversation with the UK’s Clare Foster, Garden Editor of House & Garden, UK. A gardener, author, and seed-sower herself, Clare’s newest book (with co-author, with Sabina Rüber) is "The Flower Garden: How to Grow Flowers From Seed” (Laurence King, 2019). It’s fun, colorful, and easy - a vote for hope and the future. 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.

    • 53 min
    Beauty & Balance: Southwest High Desert Gardens with Judith Phillips Albuquerque, NM

    Beauty & Balance: Southwest High Desert Gardens with Judith Phillips Albuquerque, NM

    This week on Cultivating Place we’re joined by award winning landscape designer Judith Phillips of Albuquerque NM. Her Design Oasis, characterized by creative thinking, designing gardens, and growing plants born of her wider place in the high desert has been shifting ideas of beauty and meaning for other gardeners of the American Southwest since the 1980s. 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.

    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
185 Ratings

185 Ratings

Goldymanrwc ,

Magical podcast

I love this podcast for the wide range of horticultural topics, Jewell’s calm voice and interviewing style, and the great people she interviews. I always learn something and bought her new book that came out, which is just as informative and beautiful.

Stop The White Savior ,

too woke

Nice idea but poorly executed. This whole show feels like it is geared only for the overly-sensitive, race-obsessed women of twitter. It is the kind of show that goes out of its way to use woke language and tries to elevate indiginous and black communities by acting like they discovered/invented everything plant related. Get off your high horse and let's come together to talk about how everyone can enjoy plants.

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.

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