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Cultivating Place: Raise em' right: plant & human community at Barton Springs Nursery Austin, Texas

Photos courtesy of Jennifer Jewell; Bio photos of Amy and Willy courtesy of Barton Springs Nursery - all rights reserved.

If you ask me, the independent nurseries and growers of our world – especially those focused on helping us as gardeners create not only beautiful gardens but also gardens that contribute to the ecologies of our places, are some of our great national treasures. This week following Labor Day, we celebrate these treasures wherever they may be in conversation with one: Barton Springs Nursery in Austin, TX, where since 1986, the owners and staff have been raising both plants and gardeners right. In 2021, Barton Springs Nursery succeeded the founders Conrad and Bernadine Bering into the skillful and passionate hands of garden designer Amy Hovis, horticulturist William Glenn and photographer and systems designer Greg Thomas.
The three, plus their dedicated and knowledgeable staff, continue the long and beautiful Barton Springs Nursery legacy of offering in-house, seed-grown, native, and climate-adapted plants (without the use of toxic chemicals), inspiring display gardens, and garden education ensuring low-impact, high contribution - and even higher joy - gardening for Austin – and the planet. 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.