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Cultivating Place: Garden History & Hindsight, The Garden Museum, London with Director Christopher Woodward

The Garden and its historic and focal point headstone for famed British gardener and plantsman, Tradescant.

Last week on Cultivating Place, we looked at Gardens and history through the lens of a historic Garden Cemetery – this week we look at Garden History through the interpretive lens of how we preserve, interpret, codify and share gardens past and present. We are in conversation with Christopher Woodward, Director of the Garden Museum in London.

Garden Museum renovation as seen from the newly designed and imagined garden.
Garden Museum renovation as seen from the newly designed and imagined garden.

Garden history & Garden hindsight come together in the museum and in this week's conversation, helping us to interpret and plan for our shared Garden futures.

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Garden Museum Director Christopher Woodward.

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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.
Matt Fidler is a producer and sound designer with over 15 years’ experience producing nationally distributed public radio programs. He has worked for shows such as Freakonomics Radio, Selected Shorts, Studio 360, The New Yorker Radio Hour and The Takeaway. In 2017, Matt launched the language podcast Very Bad Words, hitting the #28 spot in the iTunes podcast charts.