Cultivating Place

Gardeners and naturalists are remarkably ardent self-directed, life-long learners and doers. And the winter season is well-adapted to gardeners’ continuing education and community building, this week we’re joined by Louis Bauer of Wave Hill a New York Public Garden and Cultural Center. Their annual 3 part winter lecture series is under way now. Join us!

As an early Valentine to this garden life and plant loving community, Cultivating Place offers out a conversation with Melina Sempill Watts, author of Tree – a labor of audacity and arborphilia, Tree invites us to remain wide open, to listen and absorb what is shared with us, and thereby see the truth, beauty, and meaning in other being's existence. Join us!

Just three months since California’s November 2018 Fires made global headlines, the great winter greening of our state is underway and with it the urge to GROW - in humans as in plants. On the opposite side of the globe from us are holding their breath for the first rains of late autumn and an end to their annual fire season.

Sara Bir

For Sara Bir – food librarian, forager, chef and author – fruit are sweet, delicious, sexy and tactile – but every bit as important – they among her currency of memory. Sara, whose new book The Fruit Forager’s Companion is out now from Chelsea Green, joins Cultivating Place to share her fruit foraging philosophy and practice. Listen in!

 

Jennifer Jewell

Plants are all around us, and wherever there are plants, there are likely to be botanists at work trying to study, know and understand them better for us all. This week on Cultivating Place, botanist Linnea Hanson joins us to talk about the life of a botanist and the upcoming Northern California Botanist Symposium taking place in Chico Jan 14 – 16. Join us!

Photo courtesy of Pascal Baudar

 

Have you ever thought: that is just what the mountains taste like? That is just what the forest or the ocean must taste like? For wildcrafter Pascal Baudar, author of The New Wildcrafted Cuisine and The Wildcrafting Brewer, from Chelsea Green Publishing, what his place tastes like in a specific season is at the heart of his food and garden. Baudar works as a wild-food researcher, wild brewer, and instructor in traditional food preservation techniques. 

Photo used courtesy of Benjamin Vogt

Benjamin Vogt is a next generation student of the beloved conservationist and writer Aldo Leopold and a passionate nature and garden advocate himself. In his book “A New Garden Ethic: Cultivating Defiant Compassion For An Uncertain Future” he takes the essence of Leopold’s "A Land Ethic" and brings it home to our gardens in some surprising and sometimes challenging ways. 

Photo used courtesy Jason Dewees

 

This week on Cultivating Place, Designing with Palms – in the heart of Spring Break season where those of us in colder climates might be longing for a warm, sunny, palm punctuated beach, we dig into this remarkable plant family and get above and beyond its symbolism and closer to its truer history and essence.

Photos used courtesy of Tall Grass Prairie National Preserve

Last week we talked "Little House on the Prairie" and this week we visit the grassland prairies and plains of Kansas. According to the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve in Kansas and the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center in Texas, tallgrass prairie once covered between 170 to 250 million acres of North America – making it the largest ecosystem in the country. By 1860, the vast majority was developed and plowed under. Today less than 4 percent remains, mostly in the Kansas Flint Hills. 

We’re joined in conversation by Brad Guhr, education coordinator and prairie restoration ecologist for the Dyck Arboretum of the Plains in Hesston, Kansas. To learn more about this inspiring ecosystem based landscape - join us.

This week on Cultivating Place, we’re celebrating the February 7th birthday of Laura Ingalls Wilder with author and historian Marta McDowell. Her newest book is"The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder: The Frontier Landscapes That Inspired the Little House Books” (Timber Press, 2017)  – a surprising plant and environmental journey. 

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