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Cultivating Place: Panayoti Kelaidis, Denver Botanic Gardens Senior Curator

Panayoti Kelaidis

This week our guest is something of a renaissance man. A Colorado native of Greek descent, PanayotiKelaidis has a background in Chinese literature and as a computer systems analyst in addition to being an expert in — and enthusiastically curious about — most things that photosynthesize and contain chlorophyll. 

His story as a “life-long servant of the Goddess Flora” reminds us of the importance of sharing our passion and knowledge. Senior Curator and Director of Outreach for the Denver Botanic Gardens in Denver Colorado, where he has served for 36 years, Panayoti is characterized by colleagues as an expansive, expressive and generous gardener, educator, mentor and friend.

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Jennifer Jewell is the creator and host of the national award-winning, weekly public radio program and podcast, Cultivating Place: Conversations on Natural History & the Human Impulse to Garden, Jennifer Jewell is a gardener, garden writer, and gardening educator and advocate. Particularly interested in the intersections between gardens, the native plant environments around them, and human culture, she is the daughter of garden and floral designing mother and a wildlife biologist father.