gardening ethics

Marta McDowell / Timber Press


January and mid-winter indeed feels poetic in its spareness, and while many poets come to mind, for me Emily Dickinson stands out for seasonality and abundance in spareness.

 

In 2004 writer and gardener Marta McDowell published Emily Dickinson’s Gardens – a celebration of a poet and a gardener; Following up on new research and her own experience as Gardener-In Residence at the Emily Dickinson Museum, Marta updated her original work with Emily Dickinson’s Gardening Life – The Plants and Places that Inspired the Iconic Poet, which was published in 2019. 

Tucker Fitzpatrick


Tucker Fitzpatrick is a home gardener who thinks a lot about how cultural norms and biases directly impact how and why we garden in interesting ways.

 

A father, a lawyer, a gardener and a gardening culture observer, he joins us today from his home and garden in Southern California to share more about his gardening journey and his curiosity and observations on his garden and the broader 'gardening culture.’ Listen in!

 

Sophie de Lignerolles


Baylor Chapman loves plants and she’s spent a good part of her career helping people to learn about, see, love and care for plants wherever people might need them – in their homes, offices, work spaces, apartments. She believes they make us healthier, happier, better people and I agree. 

 

As students return to dorms and workers return to offices post summer – Baylor joins Cultivating Place this week to encourage us to tend toward more green – stay with us!

The Native Seed Pod

As we head into the month of September, and we tend toward the Autumnal Equinox later in the month, I am reminded of this being one of the best seed seasons in our gardens and in our wildlands. 

Ecosystems everywhere in the Northern Hemisphere are reminded by the light of the need to set seed before growing season’s end. 

I thought this was a perfect moment to return to one of the episodes from our series last year entitled Seeds of September. Today Cultivating Place revisits our conversation with SeedKeeper, Indigenous woman, mother, writer and Seed Rematriator, Rowen White.

Robin Wall Kimmerer / Milkweed Press

On this Fourth of July – Cultivating Place is pleased to be in conversation with Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer, author of “Braiding Sweetgrass: indigenous wisdom, scientific knowledge and the teachings of plants.” Together we explore the interrelationship between gardening and citizenship. She states: "I think that is our deepest longing - to belong to each other and to belong to this larger community of life and for me this notion of tending the garden at all the scales we’ve been implying here is a powerful way to belong." Join us!

Photo used courtesy of Abigail Willis

Do you ever stop to wonder where your garden tools came from? The history behind plant and garden trends or techniques? Gardens and garden history are microsms of world history and every story illuminates the larger course of humanity. In her new book The Compendium of Amazing Gardening Innovations, Abigail Willis highlights 50 important gardening innovation. Host Jennifer Jewell also share her reflections on the innovations and adaptations put to work in states of emergency such as our region continues to face in the aftermath and long road to regeneration following the #CampFire 2018. Join us!

Image used courtesy of Jere Gettle

Welcome to The Seeds of September – this week on Cultivating Place we kick off our four-part series in conversation with Jere Gettle of Baker Creek Seeds, and more from the Organic Seed Alliance and Redwood Seeds. I think you’re going to love it! 

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Jennifer Jewell

This week we’re joined by two native plantspeople – Julie Nelson and Michael Kauffmann - to delve into the unsettling case of the poached Dudleya this last year here in California – j oin us as we explore the interesting, sometimes bothersome issues an incident like this brings up for us gardeners. 

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Photo used courtesy of Dave Goulson

On Cultivating Place today we celebrate National Pollinator Week in the US when we’re joined by British biologist, conservationist and Professor of Biology at the University of Sussex in England, Dave Goulson. A gardener and bumblebee expert, Dave is the founder of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust dedicated to growing the awareness and appreciation for the life and importance of the bumblebees - and all insects of our world - join us! 

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Photo courtesy of Melody Overstreet

Art in the garden, art from the Garden – these are concepts familiar to most gardeners and yet for many of us also perhaps still largely unplumbed. This week, we visit with Iranian-American artist and plant person, Melody Overstreet to speak more about the culture of plant and land based art and the crafting of pigments, inks, dyes and watercolors.  Melody shares her cultural, artistic and plant based journey with grace and in a way that interweaves her art with her world view and ethics.