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.

Abra Lee

Abra Lee is a public horticulture leader in the making. From rural roots in Georgia, to a passion for pop music and style, she sees the interweaving of horticulture and our everyday lives as a path to increasing horticulture’s relevance and importance for everyone. An advocate for Planting Your Truth – she shares more on Cultivating Place this week. Listen in!

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Clare Foster

There are few things so affirming as growing plants from seed, this week on Cultivating Place, we talk about the adventures of growing flowers from seed with 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! Listen in!

 

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Robin Wall Kimmerer / Milkweed Press

On this Fourth of July – Cultivating Place is pleased to be in conversation with Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer, author of “Braiding Sweetgrass: indigenous wisdom, scientific knowledge and the teachings of plants.” Together we explore the interrelationship between gardening and citizenship. She states: "I think that is our deepest longing - to belong to each other and to belong to this larger community of life and for me this notion of tending the garden at all the scales we’ve been implying here is a powerful way to belong." Join us!

Lauri Kranz & Dean Kuipers

As summer heats us up and slows us down, the garden and in particular the edible garden is front and center. This week Cultivating Place is joined by Lauri Kranz, of Edible Gardens LA conversing about how growing your own food is one of the most empowering things you’ll ever do.  Stay With us!

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Robert Hanss

Robert Hanss and his daughter Catherine are a father-daughter duo in the Northeast working together to create and care for gardens and horticulture traditions and relationships that will last for generations to come.

 

In this week following Father’s Day, and day before the Summer Solstice, they join us to talk about the changing nature of horticultural business models and the lasting legacy of family – landscapes included. Join us!

 

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 life forms since very young herself, Nadia loves sharing this admiration and curiosity, with youth especially.

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Soul Fire Farm is a working farm in upstate New York. Co-founded by Leah Penniman, the farm and all its work is committed to ending racism and injustice in the food system.

Leah is also the author of “Farming While Black,” in which she documents her work and passion for black and brown people coming back into healthy relationship with land and good food.

Margaret Roach

 


 

For many gardeners, Margaret Roach will need no introduction. Longtime Garden Editor of Martha Stewart Living and Editorial Director of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Margaret is the author of several well-known gardening books and the host of the gardening website and podcast A Way To Garden.

Her first book also titled A Way To Garden has been updated and re-issued in honor of its 21st Birthday. Margaret joins Cultivating Place this week to share more about her garden way. Listen in!

 

Hyland Garden Design


In a variation on the Dispatches from the Home Garden series, this week we enjoy a Dispatches from the Home Gardener and Plantsperson.

Self-described Happy Wanderer, plantsman Bob Hyland of Hyland Garden design currently of Portland Oregon has lived and worked at some of the most prestigious horticultural institutions in the U.S.

Along with his partner, Andrew, he founded and ran a successful specialty nursery in upstate New York, and he has served on horticultural boards around the country throughout his more than 40 year career in this work.

 

Phyllis Belkin


 

The best public gardens are in fact community gardens at some level, this week on Cultivating Place we’re speaking with gardeners from New York City’s Borough of Brooklyn where for 25 years the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens has hosted the Greenest Block in Brooklyn competition.

Promoting streetscape gardening, tree stewardship, and community development in New York’s borough of Brooklyn through block and merchant associations and other groups – this is gardening as community activism of the highest order. Join us to hear more about this Greening Up.

 

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