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Best of Cultivating Place: Transforming lawns into meadows of life, with Owen Wormser

Owen Wormser.

Still in the Dog Days of Summer - the heat it hot, the days are long, and garden maintenance in the form of watering, weeding, and perhaps mowing and blowing (especially in the dry and droughty parts of the country right now) might be wearing thin….especially with the relentless watering/mowing/blowing of a thirsty lawn.

Maybe you’re rethinking your lawn? Wanting to water/mow less and see butterflies, hummingbirds, and fireflies more? With just this in mind, this week on CP, we revisit a Best of Conversation with Owen Wormser inspiring us to transform our lawns (or some portion of them) into meadows! Enjoy!

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At a time when our gardens large and small often feel more important than ever, I think our focus on exactly what our gardens contain and consist of is also more important than ever. 

 I’m pleased to be speaking about just this with Owen Wormser. Based in Western Massachusetts, Owen is the founder of Abound Design, providing design & consulting for regenerative, sustainability-focused landscapes. He is also the co-founder with traditional and clinical herbalist Chris Marano of the non-profit Local Harmony, which focuses on encouraging and creating community-driven regeneration. Finally, Owen is the author of a new book entitled "Lawns into Meadows, Growing a Regenerative Landscape," out now from Stone Pier Press. 

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Owen joins us to share more on his deep belief in the planet’s tendency towards abundance. Listen in.

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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.