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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 • 215 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.

    In Advance Of California Native Plant Week, A Conversation With CNPS

    In Advance Of California Native Plant Week, A Conversation With CNPS

    April 17 through 24th 2021 is California Native Week, designated by the California State Legislature in 2010 as an annual celebration of the fantastic diversity of plants on whom this large expanse of unique and uniquely beautiful land and history rests in so many ways. The California Floristic Province is one of the Biodiversity Hot Spots on Earth and as the most populous state in the US, California also has an incredible diversity of humans making their lives here as well.

    In honor of these plants and their communities, Cultivating Place speaks this week with members of the California Native Plant Society community to chat about what CNPS is, and what it is striving to grow into more fully. It is a small, candid look into how the environmental conservation world generally is meeting this moment in time through the lens of one organization.

    In looking back over the course of this last year, and many years and decades prior, there is renewed clarity and urgency around the environmental world generally having quite a bit of acknowledging and resetting to do for itself and for the greater benefit of the human and greater than the human world around us. It is in that spirit that I am joined today by CNPS staff member Liv O’Keefe, Senior Director of Public Affairs; by Cris Sarabia, Conservation Director of the Palos Verdes Peninsula land Conservancy and the chair of the board of CNPS, a volunteer position; and finally, by John L. Sanders, Founder, and Director of the Delphinus School of Natural History, who is a CNPS community member and volunteer consultant for the society.

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    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 34 min
    REIMAGINING THE FOODSHED: AMYROSE FOLL, THE VIRGINIA FREE FARM

    REIMAGINING THE FOODSHED: AMYROSE FOLL, THE VIRGINIA FREE FARM

    Amyrose Foll is a mother, a farmer, and a big thinker. As the executive director and founder of the multifaceted Virginia Free Farm at Spotted Pig Holler in Kents Store Virginia – she is looking to reimagine the foodshed of her world – and ours.

    As Spring takes hold and the warm growing season greens our northern Hemisphere gardens and farms, Amyrose sees a greater foodshed model within reach. Join Cultivating Place in conversation with Amyrose 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
    Talking About A Revolution, A Foodscape Revolution With Brie Arthur BEST OF

    Talking About A Revolution, A Foodscape Revolution With Brie Arthur BEST OF

    Just in time for spring and that itch we gardeners - new and long time - have to get the summer vegetables into the ground, Cultivating Place revisit a favorite conversation with grow-your-own revolutionary, Brie Arthur – author of the "Foodscape Revolution" and "Gardening with Grains". Her enthusiasm will get your season growing – 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 Podcast, and Stitcher. To read more and for many more photos please visit www.cultivatingplace.com.

    • 55 min
    GARDENS IN TIME & SPACE: Laura Ekasetya, Former Director Lurie Garden, Chicago

    GARDENS IN TIME & SPACE: Laura Ekasetya, Former Director Lurie Garden, Chicago

    Having just moved across the seasonal threshold of the Vernal Equinox here in the Northern Hemisphere, this week we continue our focus on land and land and ecology-based garden projects – this time in conversation with horticulturist and plantswoman Laura Ekasetya.

    I spoke with Laura late last season checking in with her on her work as Director and Head Horticulturist at the famed Lurie Garden in Chicago’s Millennium Park -landscape architecture by Gustafson, Guthrie & Nichol and planting plans by Piet Oudolf. Laura’s decade at the Lurie Garden ended in January of 2021. 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.

    • 56 min
    The PERFECT EARTH PROJECT: EDWINA VON GAL

    The PERFECT EARTH PROJECT: EDWINA VON GAL

    Here we are – mid-way into Women’s History Month, one year after the publication of The Earth in Her Hands. In honor of these two thresholds, this week on CP we offer out a conversation with one of the extraordinary women working in the world of plants featured in the book: Edwina Von Gal - a landscape designer based on New York’s Long Island. Having designed landscapes for the rich and famous in the New York area it was midway through her career that Edwina had an epiphany about the potential impact for the better or worse of how gardens are cared for in our world.

    In order to help tilt the balance back toward gardens large and small being positive contributors to the life, health, habitat and biodiversity of our world – she founded The Perfect Earth Project – promoting toxin free lawns and landscapes for the people, pets, and the planet.

    In the last few years, Edwina has expanded her mission with advocacy known as 2/3rd for the birds – in collaboration with the research of Dr. Doug Tallamy – urging all residential and campus landscapes to dedicate 2/3rd of their plantings to be native plants for habitat value and to commit to going toxin free.

    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.

    • 57 min
    Balanced Systems Thinking & TEK, with Lorena Gorbet, Maidu Summit Consortium

    Balanced Systems Thinking & TEK, with Lorena Gorbet, Maidu Summit Consortium

    As the vernal equinox is imminent for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, a conversation on balance and our importance as humans in the balance of natural systems. Lorena Gorbet is a Mountain Maidu elder in Northeastern California, a mother, a basket weaver, a land restoration activist, and an educator.

    She joins Cultivating Place this week to share more about the balanced systems thinking of the traditional ecological knowledge of her culture. Listen in!

    The Maidu Summit Consortium’s mission is "to preserve, protect, and promote the Mountain Maidu Homeland with a united voice.

    The Maidu Summit Consortium envisions re-acquired ancestral lands as a vast and unique park system dedicated to the purposes of education, healing, protection, and ecosystem management based upon the Maidu cultural and philosophic perspectives, as expressed through traditional ecology.”


    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

Customer Reviews

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215 Ratings

215 Ratings

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