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Cultivating Place: Andrea Wulf

Ever wonder how a plant got its name? Or for whom it was named and why? Those are the sorts of questions that started historian and author Andrea Wulf down the path of her research. This week on Cultivating Place, we’re joined by Ms. Wulf, the author of multiple books exploring the ways nature, botany and horticulture influence art, science, politics, human culture and even the development of nations.

 Her titles include: “The Brother Gardeners: Botany, Empire and the Birth of an Empire” published in 2008; “Founding Gardeners: The Revolutionary Generation, Nature and the Shaping of the American Nation” published in 2011 and “The Invention of Nature: Alexander Von Humboldt’s New World” published in 2015. Hers is a fascinating journey researching and writing about these people and events of horticultural which have in many ways impacted us all.

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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.