Jennifer Jewell

Host, Cultivating Place

Jennifer Jewell is a professional garden writer and avid home gardener based in Northern California, where she lives and gardens with her husband, two daughters and two dogs. Her writing about gardens and gardeners around the world has been featured in Edible Shasta-Butte, Gardens Illustrated, House & Garden, Natural Home, Old House Journal, Colorado Homes & Lifestyles and She is a member of the Garden Writers Association. She is the host of Cultivating Place: Conversations on Natural History and the Human Impulse to Garden. That program, and more of Jennifer's work, can be found at

Jennifer Jewell

Thresholds are such interesting aspects of life, aren’t they? They’re important physical and metaphysical moments between this place and that place.

The winter solstice is now past and the New Year is upon us — iconic moments in time that come around again and again — each time reminding us how endings are so intimately intertwined with beginnings.

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The annual choosing of garden books to carry me through the winter comes with such promise of pleasure. As girls, my sisters and I would be asked by our mother for a list of books we might like from Santa and we would diligently write down one or two. Without fail, she (Santa) would bestow those and at least one — maybe two? — more. It wasn’t until I was older that I realized that the additional titles were always based on a loving formula of the interests indicated from our original lists carefully warmed and expanded into larger (still unseen by us) hopes and dreams.

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I am planting bulbs, culinary and ornamental. A heavy box of hope and spring dreams arrived from the heirloom bulb supplier Old House Gardens Heirloom Bulbs arrived last week, and they are now calling me to get them in the ground in the next few weeks. 

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Each evening when I get home from work, I water my front, south-facing garden — a dry, rocky landscape which is cooked by the sun most of the day.

Almost every evening, I am kept company by two western fence lizards, one of which lives on the south side of a low stucco wall and the other of which lives on the north side.

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Is "Farm-to-Fork" just a marketing phrase? Where did the concept begin and how has it grown in the past 45 years? What does it mean to us today in the North State? Jennifer Jewell, host of NSPR's In a North State Garden, hosts a colorful conversation with local food advocates, providers and eaters to discuss the state of Farm-to-Fork in the North State. 

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On this episode of In a North State Garden, host Jennifer Jewell talks about late-summer blooms — including California fuchsias.

Gardening isn't simply the act of establishing and keeping a garden. It's a process — a covenant with the land, and a ongoing  of optimism. 

Long days of high, dry heat can leave our North State gardens looking a little beaten down. Jennifer Jewell talks about how we can draw inspiration on drought-tolerance and resilience from Californian members of the eriogonum family — wild buckwheats.

California's drought has given many residents cause to stop and think about how they use their water. Jennifer Jewell here speaks about the good things — and the not-so-good — that expanded water consciousness has brought about.

Jennifer Jewell talks with Michael Kauffmann, author of "Field Guide to Manzanitas," about why it is about the California native plant that he finds so interesting.