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Cultivating Place: Foregrounding Plants: the Arnold Arboretum celebrates 150 years of growing together, with William (Ned) Friedman

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Images courtesy of The Arnold Arboretum, Jon Hetman. All rights reserved.

In one of our more flamboyant arboreal seasons of the year—when our charismatic woody megaflora of the Northern Hemisphere—the trees—are chlorophyllin down, coloring up, and turning over their foliage biomass to the soil in preparation for the winter ahead, this week we are in a conversational exploration about the scale and meaning of trees, with William (Ned) Friedman, 8th director of the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University.

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Images courtesy of The Arnold Arboretum, Jon Hetman. All rights reserved.

Located in Jamaica Plain and Roslindale, Massachusetts, this free and open-to-the-public majestic convening of trees is celebrating its 150th anniversary of growing together. The trees have so much to teach us, and we have so much to learn.
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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.