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Cultivating Place: Normalizing Native Plant Landscape fun, with the Theodore Payne Foundation

All photos courtesy of The Theodore Payne Foundation, All Rights Reserved.
All photos courtesy of The Theodore Payne Foundation, All Rights Reserved.

Welcome June! This week, the third and final-for-now conversation in our series on the state of seed for native ecosystem restoration through the lens of California: seed identified, site-sourced, and grown for conservation & biodiversity support. The foundational level of seed – for scales large and small, and how it grows from there is top of mind at the Theodore Payne Foundation in Southern California, a historic conservation icon in their region through their seed banking and native plant conservation, education, and community-based work.

This week I am joined by Executive Director Evan Meyer, Seed & Bulb Program Manager Genevieve Arnold, and Horticulturist and California Native Plant Landscaper Certification instructor Alejandro Lemus to explore and celebrate more about the radical range of the Theodore Payne Foundation as it grows us into the future and normalizes the great fun of native plant landscapes. Listen in!

All photos courtesy of The Theodore Payne Foundation, All Rights Reserved.
All photos courtesy of The Theodore Payne Foundation, 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.