Cultivating Place: Conversations on Natural History and the Human Impulse to Garden

Cultivating Place: Conversations on Natural History and the Human Impulse to Garden

From North State Public Radio

Cultivating Place: Conversations on Natural History and the Human Impulse to Garden is a weekly public radio podcast on gardens and gardening as integral to our natural and cultural literacy. A co-production of North State Public Radio (KCHO 91.7 FM in Chico, CA and KFPR 88.9 FM in Redding, CA) and Jewellgarden.com, Cultivating Place: Conversations on Natural History and the Human Impulse to Garden airs Thursdays at 10:00 AM and again Thursday evenings at 6:30 PM PST. The program is created and hosted by Jennifer Jewell; produced and engineered by Sarah Bohannon. Music by Matt Shilts, Ben Colbeck and Delarte Music.More from Cultivating Place: Conversations on Natural History and the Human Impulse to Garden »

Most Recent Episodes

Cultivating Place: Revisiting The Cut Flower Garden Ahead Of American Flowers Week

Next week – June 28 to July 4 – our country is celebrating American Flowers Week, celebrating American-grown flowers in 50 states. In celebration, Debra Prinzing, the founder of what's known as the Slow Flowers LLC — who we interviewed last July — has organized a Slow Flowers Summit in Seattle, Washington on Sunday, July 2. There will be speakers and activities – shared food, shared flowers and shared philosophy. It's been called a TED Talk day for flower lovers. For more information on the summit, please visit Jewellgarden.com for links.

Cultivating Place: Revisiting The Cut Flower Garden Ahead Of American Flowers Week

Cultivating Place: Dispatches From the Home Garden – A Father-Daughter Garden Heritage Story

In our last Cultivating Place "Dispatches from the Home Garden," we heard from a young gardener experiencing her first garden dislocation/relocation in Sacramento, California. This week – in many ways in honor of Father's Day — we hear from another home gardener, this time in New Jersey and this time on the same land her grandparents cultivated and which she and her husband, with the steady help and mentorship of her father, became the fourth generation of her family to steward this land after her uncle died and the property went on the market. The 20 years since taking on the family farm has seen a lot of hard work, the restoration of some elements of the homestead and the re-envisioning of other elements. Barns have been stabilized, old rose borders are now mixed perennial beds, and what was once an outbuilding is now our home gardeners writing studio, her father has now died. Other things – including the legacy and spiritual presence of her father – have remained reassuringly

Cultivating Place: Dispatches From the Home Garden – A Father-Daughter Garden Heritage Story

Cultivating Place: An Edible Feast – Edible Communities Publications Turns 15

This week on Cultivating Place we hear the story of the first 15 years of the Edible Communities – the umbrella name of the many publishers who bring you the edible communities publications across the US and Canada. 15 Years ago, two women who cared about food Tracey Ryder and Carole Topalian, published a 16-page 1-color newsletter to help connect the farmers in their area to the food-lovers in their area. That was the birth of Edible Ojai – in Ojai California, and the birth of what is now known and the Edible Communities publications – the rich look and face of local food across North America. Edible Communities, a James Beard Foundation award-winning family of 100 locally owned and licensed magazines devoted to the local food movement, is marking its 15th anniversary this Spring. Since the launch of Edible Ojai (California) in 2002, Edible Communities' publications have become an influential voice in the food world by keeping focused and passionate about local food, how it's grown

Cultivating Place: An Edible Feast – Edible Communities Publications Turns 15

Cultivating Place: Dispatches From The Home Garden – Urban Homesteading And A Garden Journey

Gardening is a specifically human endeavor. It is a characterizing feature of our species, fairly well documented throughout our evolution. Which fascinates me. And each of us come to this endeavor for our own reasons and needs – sometimes very practical, sometimes very esthetic, sometimes spiritual. Our gardens are like some larger version of our very fingerprints. Today Cultivating Place welcomes a home gardening member of the so called "millennial" generation, and self-described Urban Homesteader. Despite having grown up around gardening, she did not begin to really absorb its importance and her own attraction to it until her own early adulthood. Today, she shares with us her journey so far, some of the lessons and highlights, her first experience leaving an established garden, and the opportunities presenting themselves to her in her new garden. Melissa Keyser, along with her husband Matt, have recently relocated from Santa Rosa, CA to Sacramento, CA. After four years spent

Cultivating Place: Dispatches From The Home Garden – Urban Homesteading And A Garden Journey

Cultivating Place: Elevated – Gardens Of The High Line, With Landscape Designer Rick Darke

What do we mean when we use the word "wild" and why does it matter? In 2017, the New York City urban landscape commonly known as The High Line celebrates its official 5th birthday. This milestone is being marked by the publication of a new book entitled " Gardens of the High Line: Elevating the Nature of Modern Landscapes " (Timber Press, 2017), coauthored by plantsmen Piet Oudolf and Rick Darke, with graphic design by Lorraine Ferguson. Oudolf is the renowned plantsman responsible for overseeing the planting design and plant choices, and Rick Darke has documented and collaborated on the project since its inception. "Gardens of the High Line: Elevating the Nature of Modern Landscapes" reflects decades of dedication to viewing gardens through the lenses of cultural geography and social anthropology. The specific garden design and plant choices of these now famed and highly visited gardens is of global interest and a primary focus of the new book. But the philosophy and design ethos

Cultivating Place: Elevated – Gardens Of The High Line, With Landscape Designer Rick Darke

Cultivating Place: Paying Love's Celebrations Forward, With Floral Designer Melinda Benson-Valavanis

Melinda Benson-Valavanis is a floral designer and owner of MCreations in Chico, CA. She recently committed her business to participating in a project called re-bloom – in which she accepts the flowers from a wedding or other large event after the event is over and and re-purposes them for distribution to people and communities who might need a bit of floral energy and cheer in their lives. In this season of extravagant and joyful weddings, graduations, reunions and anniversaries – I can't think of a better way to pay love and joy forward - and along to its next recipients. Melinda is with me this week on Cultivating Place from the North State Public Radio studios to share more. Join us!

Cultivating Place: Paying Love's Celebrations Forward, With Floral Designer Melinda Benson-Valavanis

Cultivating Place: 'Heaven Is A Garden' And 'The Spirit Of Stone' With Author Jan Johnsen

This week on Cultivating Place, we're joined by Jan Johnsen – a gardener, landscape designer and author of the books " Heaven is a Garden " and " The Spirit of Stone ," both published by St. Lynn's Press. As a speaker for botanical garden show audiences, Jan loves to share her insights on the beneficial effects of informed garden design. Her unique approach — incorporating ancient practices with contemporary ideas — is entertaining, inspiring and informative. Join us!

Cultivating Place: 'Heaven Is A Garden' And 'The Spirit Of Stone' With Author Jan Johnsen

Cultivating Place: Earth Wisdom – John Muir, The Accidental Taoist – With Author Raymond Barnett

Spring is a time of awakening and full sensory immersion in the world around us - even if we aren 't gardeners or nature lovers. It is hard to avoid, ignore or miss Spring's reckless abundance and generosity. It is the perfect counterpoint to the winter's restful, healing darkness and dormancy. In appreciation for all of spring's growing energy, I am pleased to be joined this week by Dr. Raymond Barnett, author of " Earth Wisdom: John Muir, Accidental Taoist, Charts Humanity's Only Future on a Changing Planet ," which he published in 2016.

Cultivating Place: Earth Wisdom – John Muir, The Accidental Taoist – With Author Raymond Barnett

Cultivating Place: Energetic – The Dynamics Of Biodynamics At Fern Verrow Farm

Close to 21 years ago, a cordon blue trained chef and business woman named Jane Scotter left a busy city life in London and bought a farm. She was joined not long after by another professional chef, Harry Astley. Together the two have taken their 16 idyllic acres in Herefordshire, England and crafted a life fully integrated and interdependent with the land, its plants and animals, their food and their own sense of purpose. Their farm Fern Verrow, is not just any farm, it is a biodynamic farm and in 2015, Jane and Harry with the photographic assistance of Tessa Traeger produced a lushly reciped and photographed account of their journey and its richly depicted hows and whys . I have always been fascinated by biodynamics — its earthy and yet otherworldly attributes and I've been eager to learn more. As we near that universal and ancient celebration of land and re-growth, May Day, Jane and Harry join us to share with us this week on Cultivating Place.

Cultivating Place: Energetic – The Dynamics Of Biodynamics At Fern Verrow Farm

Cultivating Place: California Native Plant Week – A Conversation With Dennis Mudd, Calscape

It is California Native Plant Week this week. Officially designated by the California Native Plant Society in 2010, this year the festivities and educational and awareness activities are scheduled all week April 15–23. In celebration of this and in honor of the many native landscapes I love, and native plants that bring beauty, life and a deep sense of place to my home garden, this week I am pleased to welcome Dennis Mudd to Cultivating Place. Dennis is a retired tech industry CEO and developer of such things as MusicMatch and Slacker Radio. He is also an avid native plant home gardener in Poway – near San Diego.

Cultivating Place: California Native Plant Week – A Conversation With Dennis Mudd, Calscape

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