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Cultivating Place: Firescaping, with Dr. Adrienne Edwards and Rachel Schleiger

Adrienne Edwards and Rachel Schleiger guide how to harden your home against fires.
Adrienne Edwards and Rachel Schleiger guide how to harden your home against fires.

In the throes of fire season, especially in the western regions of North America, this week, we turn to the idea of not only gardening for beauty, food, and/or habitat but also fire preparedness.

We’re speaking this week with Dr. Adrienne Edwards and Rachel Schleiger, biologists, botanists, gardeners, and authors of the new book Firescaping Your Home, a manual for readiness in wildfire country – including 640 resilient native plant recommendations with a focus on native plants of California, Oregon and Washington but widely applicable across wildfire-prone region. 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.