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Cultivating Place: Digging deep and garden sparks in Austin, with Texas gardener Pam Penick

All Photos courtesy of Pam Penick. All rights reserved.

Pam Penick is the gardener behind the well-known long-time garden blog known as Digging. Based in Austin, Texas, Pam is an avid and audacious gardener and garden writer.

She is also a determined garden community builder in all that she does from digging, to writing, to organizing gatherings like the Garden Bloggers Fling, a convening of garden communicators in a different city or gardening region of the US each year.

All Photos courtesy of Pam Penick. All rights reserved.

In 2017, she dug in deeper and began organizing and hosting a garden design speaker series called Garden Spark, to facilitate bringing some of the best voices in gardening for the benefit and expansion of her garden region.

Pam joins Cultivating Place this week to share more about life in a hot & dry climate as a thinking gardener. Join us!

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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.