Cultivating Place: Conversations on Natural History and the Human Impulse to Garden

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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.

Original Theme Music by Ma Muse, Engineer and Producer Matt Fidler, Executive Producer Sarah Bohannon.

Uli Lorimer


Uli Lorimer is the director of Horticulture for the Native Plant Trust in Massachusetts. His work as a native plant and biodiversity advocate is informed by years of work in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Native Flora Garden, in the woodland garden at Wave Hill in the Bronx and even earlier at the US Botanic Garden. 

 

Uli and I met just after we recorded this conversation during the annual conference of the Ecological Landscape Alliance in Amherst Mass where I was the keynote speaker, and now these long weeks later Uli reports that the pandemic has not only brought people to gardening, but to an increased interest in native plants, the climate, and an understanding that among what we deem essential at this time – biodiversity and a wholistic resilience are key. 

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Rebecca Burgess is a gardener, weaver and natural dyer. She is the executive director of Fibershed, the chair of the Carbon Cycle Institute, and the author of two books - her newest is FIBERSHED: Growing a Movement of Farmers, Fashion Activists, and Makers for a New Textile Economy (Chelsea Green, 2019).

 

She joins Cultivating Place this week to share more about her vision behind the cooperative, community-based Fibershed movement she is helping to grow for an innovative and integrated approach to textiles, our environments, and economies. Listen in!

Ira Wallace

 


 

This week on Cultivating Place, a BEST OF in which we revisit our seedkeeping series. IN this one, we’re joined by plantswoman, seed advocate, farmer and author Ira Wallace of the Southern Exposure Seed Exchange and the Heritage Harvest Festival in Charlottesville VA.

 

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Nicole Burke / Gardenary

For many, the orders to stay at home are also encouraging permission slips to GARDEN. On Cultivating Place this week, we are joined by Nicole Johnsey Burke of Gardenary.com, an online platform teaching and supporting people wishing to dive into new or expand existing Kitchen Gardens.

The author of soon to be published Kitchen Garden Revival, and host of the Grow Your Self Podcast, Nicole is enthusiastically teaching people and showing people how to create gardens where once there were none - for food, for health, for joy. Join us!

For The Wild

While we head into another month under social distancing and self-isolation restrictions in order to flatten the curve of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak, we close out our women’s history month interview conversation with Ayana Young founder and host a For The Wild Podcast and Projects. Her work and words remind us we are never in fact alone. Join us!

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TRUTH, BEAUTY, CHAOS & PLANTS - May Day is upon us and we celebrate in conversation with Australian gardener and writer - Georgina Reid. Based in Australia, her work under the name of The Planthunter finds truth beauty chaos and what it is to live an important life – in constant relationship with Plants. Join us.

Soil Food Web inc

 


 

Women’s History month on Cultivating Place continues this week, knowing that radio and new voices are especially important to us all right now. Dr. Elaine Ingham is the founder of Soil Food Web Inc.

 

An early researcher and articulator of the soil food web model, she brings us up to speed on things soil life. Hang in there and Join us! We are committed to being the encouraging and expanding voice in your ear as we all hang in there.


Women’s History month on Cultivating Place continues this week with Andrea DeLong-Amaya, Director of Horticulture at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin Texas. Two great women’s stories with plants in one! 

 

The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at the University of Texas at Austin is the botanic garden for the state of Texas.  Andrea has been on for over 20 years and has more than 30 years of experience in horticulture, she guides 15 staff in the design and management of 9 acres of native gardens, 275 acres of natural areas and a native plant nursery. 

Tiffany Freeman


This week we wrap up our series on the healing power of gardens and kick off our Women’s History Month all at the same time.

 

For every episode in March to celebrate the month, Cultivating Place will be highlighting one of the women in The Earth in her Hands, 75 Extraordinary Women Working in the World of Plants, which officially published just two days ago on March 3, 2020! 

Matt Wichrowski


As we start to wind down our series on Healing Gardens and Therapeutic Landscape design, we’re joined by Matthew J. Wichrowski, MSW HTR, Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine and Senior Horticultural Therapist at Rusk Rehabilitation at NYU Langone Health. 

 

A longtime educator and practitioner in the field of horticultural therapy. From acute care bedsides to locked ward psychiatric care, plants make everything better. Join us.

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