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Cultivating Place: The Prairie Gardener's Go To Guides, with Calgary gardener Janet Melrose

Photos courtesy of Janet Melrose, all rights reserved.

In our ongoing exploration of where gardeners are and what they are doing in our world right now, we head pretty far north on Cultivating Place this week in conversation with Canadian gardener Janet Melrose. 

Janet is known in Calgary, Alberta as the Cottage Gardener, she is also an urban farming spokesperson and leader, a horticultural therapist, and co-author with fellow gardener Sheryl Normandeau of a series known as the Prairie Gardener’s Go-To guides - the first of those guides was published in March 2020 by Touchwood Editions and two additional guides have been released every year since.

Photos courtesy of Janet Melrose, all rights reserved.

The series is up-to-date Q & As for gardening in Janet’s specific northern prairie place on everything from vegetables to soil, seeds to garden pest management, trees, and shrubs to perennials, but Janet is deeply embedded in her garden community in a wide variety of ways. Listen in!

Photos courtesy of Janet Melrose, all rights reserved.

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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.