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Cultivating Place: GROW with Riz Reyes, award-winning plantsman and author of "Grow: A Family Guide to Plants"

Images courtesy of Riz Reyes, all rights reserved.
Images courtesy of Riz Reyes, all rights reserved.

This week we’re in conversation with award-winning plantsman Riz Reyes of Washington State-based RH Horticulture and Landwave Gardens.

Riz is the current Assistant Director of Heronswood Garden and started his new role in May 2022. His duties include overseeing garden staff, volunteers, organizing garden events/plant sales, teaching lectures/workshops, and assists in maintaining and redesigning prominent sections of the gardens.

Images courtesy of Riz Reyes, all rights reserved.
Images courtesy of Riz Reyes, all rights reserved.

From his early inspirations as a child in the Philippines to his international horticultural studies, to his rich garden career in iconic horticultural landscapes across the Pacific Northwest, to his family-oriented picture book “GROW a Family Guide to Plants and How to Grow Them” (2022) – Riz’s stories and his inherent joy in living with plants will inspire you to grow more, too. 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.