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Gardens are more than collections of plants. Gardens and Gardeners are intersectional spaces and agents for positive change in our world. Cultivating Place: Conversations on Natural History and the Human Impulse to Garden is a weekly public radio program & podcast exploring what we mean when we gard… read more

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BEST OF The Palestine Heirloom Seed Library, Vivien Sansour

January 20th, 2022


On Cultivating Place this week, as we revisit a Best Of conversation with Vivien Sansour, the heart and head behind The Palestine Heirloom Seed …

Johnny's Selected Seeds, Independent Home and Market Grower Seed Supplier

January 13th, 2022


As seed catalogues continue to arrive in our mailboxes and in-boxes daily, filling our notebooks and dreams, we take a behind the scenes look at an independent seed source well-known to gardeners and market growers …

The Seed Keeper(s), with Diane Wilson

January 6th, 2022


To welcome the new year, Cultivating Place stays with the theme of seeds – this time focusing on seeding our imaginations in conversation with Diane …

New Year & Brave New Seed, Kellee Matsushita-Tseng

December 30th, 2021


As a farewell to the calendar year that has been, and a welcome/seeding for the new year that will be, I am joined by seed person and agent of growing transformational change - Kellee Matsushita-Tseng. Known as Brave …

Conservation of Generosity & Relationships, Gary Paul Nabhan

December 23rd, 2021


Gary Paul Nabhan is a gardener, an agricultural ecologist, an ethnobotanist, and an ecumenical Franciscan Brother based in Patagonia, Arizona.

He is …

Welcoming Dormancy & Sabbatical, Devorah Brous

December 16th, 2021


Winter in the Northern Hemisphere is a time of dormancy for the plant and animal kingdoms alike. While it may look relatively still and quiet, it is in fact a period of unseen activity worth looking at and learning from …

Trophic Cascades with poet & gardener Camille Dungy

December 9th, 2021


As another offering to all of you in your gardens tending toward the Solstice in just a few weeks on December 21st, this week we are in conversation …

The Three Tree Geeks of San Francisco & Their #CovidTreeTour

December 2nd, 2021


Mike Sullivan is the author of "The trees in San Francisco", Jason Dewees is a horticulturist and author of "Designing with Palms", and Richard …

THANKFUL FOR FARMERS: Matthew Martin, Pyramid Farms

November 25th, 2021


This week I’m thankful for my own garden, of course, but also for the good fresh food grown for all of us by so many hard-working souls wherever you …

Kinship - Belonging in a World of Relations, with Gavin Van Horn & Rowen White

November 18th, 2021


As a gardener and a human in this exact time on our planet, and in this specific season of the year - a season of communal gathering and thankfulness …

The Wild Seed Project, with Heather McCargo

November 11th, 2021


Fall and early winter are the perfect time in much of the Northern Hemisphere to plant bulbs, woody shrubs and trees, herbaceous perennials, and …

Garden History & Hindsight, The Garden Museum, London with Director Christopher Woodward

November 4th, 2021


Last week on Cultivating Place, we looked at Gardens and history through the lens of a historic Garden Cemetery – this week we look at Garden History …

Green & Sacred Space, Historic Mt. Auburn Cemetery

October 28th, 2021


Just in time for Samhain, All Hallow’s Eve, and Day of the Dead observances, this week we explore the sacred, green and communal space of a cemetery – specifically Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Boston, Massachusetts. Opened in …

Growing Flavor Past & Present, Chef Dave Smoke-McCluskey & Corn Mafia

October 21st, 2021


This week on Cultivating Place we’re in delicious conversation with Chef Dave Smoke McCluskey, founder of Corn Mafia, and a grower/producer of such …

The Greenhorns Envisioning A More Fertile Future, with Severine Von Tscharner Fleming

October 14th, 2021


As we enter the season of seed saving, of easing into dormancy, beginning to consider next season through the lens of the last season, of forward …

Gardening in Summer Dry Climates, with photojournalist Saxon Holt

October 7th, 2021


In our second episode focusing on the inspiring beauty of dry gardens and the plants and people who love them, Cultivating Place is joined this week …

High Style, Dry Gardens with Designer Daniel Nolan

September 30th, 2021


As we near the close of a dry, dry season in the generally dry climates of much of the US west, this week Cultivating Place has the first of a …

Planting A Bridge For Our World, With Ernesto Alvarado

September 23rd, 2021


Ernesto Alvarado is a Mexican-born, Southern California-based native plant and seed teacher and student. He is currently the Native Plant Nursery Assistant at the Riverside Corona Resource Conservation District where he …

Seasons Of Our Joy, With Rabbi Arthur Waskow

September 16th, 2021


September, October, and November are traditional harvest celebration months in the Northern Hemisphere from variations on Octoberfests to those around the idea of Thanksgiving.

The ancient Jewish harvest festival of …

Lenses On The Everyday & Seasonally Sacred, With London-Based Artist And Photographer Kristin Perers

September 9th, 2021


As we tend toward the Autumnal Equinox on September 22nd here in the Northern Hemisphere, we are deep in a period of time full of sacred seasonal …

CapRadio Garden @ Sac State's Summer Concert Series, W/ Jennifer Reason & Nicole McDavid

September 2nd, 2021


On Cultivating Place this week we celebrate (and say farewell) to the fullness of summer at its calendar-end with Labor Day weekend in full view here …

Ecological Lessons From The Human Built, Brooklyn Bridge Park, W/Rebecca McMackin

August 26th, 2021


In our final episode focusing specifically on ecologically rich and contributing gardens, we learn some innovative lessons in built ecology. …


August 19th, 2021


At a time when our gardens large and small often feel more important than ever, I think our focus on exactly what our gardens contain and consist of is also more important than ever.

In this second in a three-part …

The Order Of Energy, A Field Trip To The Regenerative Urban Food Forest Of Matthew Trumm

August 12th, 2021


In the heat of the dog days of summer, Cultivating Place celebrates the farms and gardens striving to not draw down resources but to contribute …

The Land Beyond The Trees, The Betty Ford Alpine Gardens in Vail, Colorado

August 5th, 2021


This week on Cultivating Place we continue our high-elevation garden view, now in Vail, Colorado at The Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, leaders in the …

Joy & Wonder at (8,000') Elevation - Isa Catto's Mojo Gardens, Woody Creek, CO

July 29th, 2021


This week on Cultivating Place we gain a little perspective with a lot of altitude as we begin a two-part series on 'Gardening at Elevation’.

Isa …

THE OUTSIDER: Botanize Globally, Grow Locally, With The UK's Hannah Gardner

July 22nd, 2021


Hannah Gardner is a gardener, writer, and mother. She is a garden designer and plantswoman with a passion for traveling the world to learn about and meet plants and their communities in their places, from Estonia to the …


July 15th, 2021


David Godshall is a landscape architect, gardener, and meta-garden philosopher making his way with his young family and his Terremoto Landscape Architecture design studio team in Los Angeles. The Terremoto team was …

Finding Solace in the Soil, Gardens and Gardeners of the Amache Japanese American Prison Camp

July 8th, 2021


Bonnie J Clark is a professor of anthropology at the University of Denver. Her new book "Finding Solace in the Soil, Archaeology of Gardens and …

Cultivating Intention: Traditional Ecological Knowledge, Ali Meders-Knight, Mechoopda

July 1st, 2021


Ali Meders-Knight is a Mechoopda tribal member whose traditional and present homelands are based in interior Northern California, a mother of five, and a traditional basketweaver in Chico, CA she is also a tribal …

New Naturalism With Iowa-Based Plantsman, Kelly Norris

June 24th, 2021


At a time in the gardening world when we're hearing the phrase "ecologically functional gardens" and "ecological landscape design" with great …

Growing Garden Life w/ Jessica Walliser

June 17th, 2021


Jessica Walliser is an avid gardener and professional horticulturist – working in the business of plants and gardening since the tender age of 15. As …

Growing Gently: Honeysuckle & Hilda, The Floral Work Of Claire Bowen, UK

June 10th, 2021


Through the many twists and turns of life, hers including a life-threatening battle with an auto-immune disorder and lung cancer, Claire’s organizing ethos has become: “Go Gently."

An environmental advocate before …

Slow Flowers for Summer, with Debra Prinzing

June 3rd, 2021


Debra Prinzing is the founder and leader of The Slow Flowers Society – She joins Cultivating Place in this first week of summer (after Memorial Day …

On Refugia: Growing Connection

May 27th, 2021


Just outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a team of plant folks known as Refugia is growing connection among places and people from their …

Fearless Gardening, With The Danger Garden's Loree Bohl

May 20th, 2021


Loree Bohl is the Portland Oregon-based founder and visionary gardener behind the well-known and well-loved Danger Garden Blog.

In true Danger Garden fashion, Loree’s new book Fearless Gardening empowers us all to be …

Being Radicle, A Conversation W/Landscape Architect Christie Green, Santa Fe, NM

May 13th, 2021


This week on Cultivating Place, we have the second of a two-part series celebrating the publication of Under Western Skies in conversation with …

Gardens of Soul, Under Western Skies, with photographer Caitlin Atkinson

May 6th, 2021


CAITLIN ATKINSON is a photographer of places, spaces, and all things botanical. She has been my partner this past 2 + years in creating our new book Under Western Skies, Visionary Gardens from the Rocky Mountains to the …

Our Hunger, Heartache & Identities Healed In The Vegetable Garden, Claire Ratinon

April 29th, 2021


Claire Ratinon is a gardener, a writer, and a passionate advocate for the growing a food no matter where you live or how small a space you might live it. She herself first fell in love with growing her own food while …

Seasonal & Elemental: Calling All Tomatomaniacs, With Scott Daigre

April 22nd, 2021


It’s spring in the northern hemisphere (even though snow is still making visitations to parts of North American right now), and gardeners across the hemisphere are itching to get started with their summer vegetable …

In Advance Of California Native Plant Week, A Conversation With CNPS

April 15th, 2021


April 17 through 24th 2021 is California Native Week, designated by the California State Legislature in 2010 as an annual celebration of the fantastic diversity of plants on whom this large expanse of unique and …


April 8th, 2021


Amyrose Foll is a mother, a farmer, and a big thinker. As the executive director and founder of the multifaceted Virginia Free Farm at Spotted Pig …

Talking About A Revolution, A Foodscape Revolution With Brie Arthur BEST OF

April 1st, 2021


Just in time for spring and that itch we gardeners - new and long time - have to get the summer vegetables into the ground, Cultivating Place revisit …

GARDENS IN TIME & SPACE: Laura Ekasetya, Former Director Lurie Garden, Chicago

March 25th, 2021


Having just moved across the seasonal threshold of the Vernal Equinox here in the Northern Hemisphere, this week we continue our focus on land and …


March 18th, 2021


Here we are – mid-way into Women’s History Month, one year after the publication of The Earth in Her Hands. In honor of these two thresholds, this …

Balanced Systems Thinking & TEK, with Lorena Gorbet, Maidu Summit Consortium

March 11th, 2021


As the vernal equinox is imminent for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, a conversation on balance and our importance as humans in the balance of natural systems. Lorena Gorbet is a Mountain Maidu elder in …

Season Extending: In The Garden With Niki Jabbour

March 4th, 2021


It’s the first week of March and true spring let alone summer is still a ways off for many of us. This week on Cultivating Place, we lean into the …

Gardener Growing: Uprooted, With Page Dickey

February 25th, 2021


This week on Cultivating Place, we’re back stateside to visit with a longtime gardener and garden writer also engaged in a new level of relationship …

To The Forest, With Midori Shintani And Dan Pearson

February 18th, 2021


As Lunar New Year celebrations continue, we travel to Hokkaido, a northern Island of Japan to celebrate an amazing intertwining of the wild and …

LUNAR NEW YEAR, A Conversation With Taiwanese American Plantsman Eric Hsu

February 11th, 2021


On February 12th, the Lunar New Year begins. Celebrated by Asian cultures across the globe, this week Cultivating Place speaks with Eric Hsu, a …


February 4th, 2021


This week to welcome February we revisit a favorite conversation from our last season - a good reminder to mind the way you spend your days - added together they are what will grow your life. ENJOY!

Melanie Falick is a …

Tu B'Shevat (New Year Of The Trees), With Karen Flotte

January 28th, 2021


This week on Cultivating Place we lean into the spirit of the season and the traditional Jewish festival Tu B’Shevat, or New Year of the Trees in …

BIG IDEAS and Public Horticulture, MaryLynn Mack, South Coast Botanical Garden SOCAL

January 21st, 2021


MaryLynn Mack is a renaissance woman and leading voice in the world of public gardens today. After beginning her career in the Navy, her experiences have taken her in many directions, including 16 years in Phoenix at …

HOMEGROWN HOPE, Doug Tallamy EnVisioning a Homegrown National Park

January 14th, 2021


This week on Cultivating Place, we continue our FRESH STARTS series in conversation with a long established friend in the gardening world, Doug …

GARDEN FUTURE FORWARD, The Botanic Garden, Tim Johnson & Jamil DePeiza-Kern

January 7th, 2021


To kick off the new year, Cultivating Place offers out the first in what will be an ongoing and intermittent series exploring Fresh Starts in our …


December 31st, 2020


In honor of the losses, griefs, revisions, and transformations in our world this last year, and in honor of the hopes we all hold in our gardens and …

GOOD MEDICINE, With Sayaka Lean Of The Herb Pharm

December 24th, 2020


In this first week of winter in the Northern Hemisphere, Cultivating Place speaks this week with medicinal and habitat gardener Sayaka Lean of the …

IMAGINE: A Conversation With Amber Tamm

December 17th, 2020


In honor of the Solstice on December 21st, Cultivating Place speaks this week with Brooklyn-born farmer/horticulturist/floral designer, activist, and …

Something Wild & Composed for Winter, with Hort & Pott

December 10th, 2020


This week on Cultivating Place we continue our winter greening cheer in conversation with Todd Carr and Carter Harrington of Hort and Pott, a …

A Handful of Gratitude & Fortitude, Teresa Sabankaya "The Posy Book"

December 3rd, 2020


This week Cultivating Place kicks off December with a flourish in conversation with Teresa Sabankaya of the Santa Cruz-based Bonny Doon Garden …

Seed Lessons on Transformation, Vivien Sansour & The Palestine Heirloom Seed Library

November 26th, 2020


Join us this week on Cultivating Place for our final episode in the Seed Change series. We are in conversation with Vivien Sansour, heart and head …

SEEDBANKING A FLORISTIC PROVINCE II: Cheryl Birker, California Botanic Garden

November 19th, 2020


This week on Cultivating Place, the third in our 4 part Seed Change series with Cheryl Birker, Seed Conservation Program Manager at California …

Seed Banking A Floristic Province, Naomi Fraga Of California Botanic Garden

November 13th, 2020


This week on Cultivating Place, we continue our Seed Change series with Naomi Fraga, research assistant professor of Botany at Claremont Graduate …

SEED CHANGE: Seeds And Their People, Owen Smith Taylor And Chris Bolden-Newsome

November 5th, 2020


This week on Cultivating Place we continue our Seed Change series - a nod to faith and a vote for the next growing season. We’re joined this week by …

Best Of: Hope Springs - Growing Flowers From Seed, Clare Foster

October 29th, 2020


In this season of colliding urgencies and not infrequent dismay - the garden offers so many lessons. Among the largest of these, brought to you in …

Beauty & Balance: Southwest High Desert Gardens with Judith Phillips Albuquerque, NM

October 22nd, 2020


This week on Cultivating Place we’re joined by award winning landscape designer Judith Phillips of Albuquerque NM. Her Design Oasis, characterized by …

VIRIDITAS & Attachment Gardening, With Sue Stuart-Smith

October 15th, 2020


This week on Cultivating Place we speak with British gardener and psychiatrist/psychotherapist Sue Stuart-Smith, whose book, "The Well-Gardened Mind: …

Tools For Building A Home In This World: Homeless Garden Project - Santa Cruz, CA

October 8th, 2020


As we continue our exploration into creativity born of the garden –I share with you today a story and model for creativity coupled with kindness. On …

On Creativity: Life In The Studio (& Garden) With Frances Palmer

October 1st, 2020


This week we kick off October with a dive into creativity – the way gardeners harness it, riff off it, and share its results forward with the larger …

Trusting The Nature Of Our Gardens & Selves, With Camilla Jorvad

September 24th, 2020


Camilla Jorvad is a photographer, a gardener, a mental health and rewilding habitat gardening advocate based on the Danish Island of Aero. Her home-farm shared with her husband and children is known as Sigridsminde – …

FOR THE LOVE OF PLANTS, with Horticulturist Wambuii Ippolito

September 17th, 2020


Most gardens, gardeners, and gardening seasons are deeply informed first and foremost by a deep love of PLANTS. Of space, and design, and color, and …

Sculptura Botanica With Dustin Gimbel

September 10th, 2020


Dustin Gimbel is a landscape designer and large scale outdoor ceramic artist inspired by the botanical world and based in Southern California. In a new episode in our ongoing series about the art of the garden and art …

Back To School Special: The Little Gardener With Julie Cerny

September 3rd, 2020


In this very unusual back-to-school season here in the US, we’re joined this week by Julie Cerny a gardener, an outdoor enthusiast, and educator. Her …

Growing Food And Community: Urban Farming Institute, Boston

August 27th, 2020


This week on Cultivating Place we’re focused on growing food and community when we’re joined by Patricia Spence, President and CEO of the Urban …

The Lifelong Gardener, Toni Gattone

August 20th, 2020


Toni Gattone is a businesswoman, a master gardener, and a lifelong gardener of Italian descent. After struggling herself with a bad back, and the limitations this put on her as an active human and gardener, she began to …

Collaborative Growing: Farmer Meg

August 13th, 2020


Farmer Meg is an urban beekeeper turned flower and market grower turned farmer. Meg has been farming in NJ and NY city and state for almost a decade. Just over two years ago, she and her partner Neil migrated to upper …

Black Culture + Horticulture: Black In The Garden, With Colah B. Tawkin

August 6th, 2020


This week on Cultivating Place we get a booster shot of energy and inspiration as we enter the dog days of summer when we’re joined by Colah B. …

The Transformational (Garden) Art Of Jasna Guy

July 30th, 2020


Jasna Guy is an artist whose visionary and liminal work is based in close observation of the plants and pollinators – specifically bees – of her …

The Garden Curator - Art in and of the Garden, Colleen Southwell, Australia

July 23rd, 2020


In the throes of high summer, Cultivating Place continues to explore the fruits of the imaginative nature of the garden. We begin a two-part series …

Botanical Mythology And The Imagination Of Plants With Matt Hall, NZ

July 16th, 2020


A good read often plumbs the depths of imagination, for Matthew Hall - gardener & researcher at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand – it’s the Imagination of Plants he’s interested in, especially how and …

Writing Wild: 25 Women Poets, Ramblers & Mavericks w/ Kathryn Aalto

July 9th, 2020


This week on Cultivating Place we take a summer amble with British-based Californian Kathryn Aalto – a historian, designer, and writer whose most …

Botany, Geography, History & Power At The Heart Of The Garden, W/ Jamaica Kincaid

July 2nd, 2020


In honor of the Fourth of July, Cultivating Place is joined this week by the acclaimed writer and gardener Jamaica Kincaid, whose work "My Garden …

Summer Garden Gems: The Melon, With Amy Goldman

June 25th, 2020


Amy Goldman is a gardener, author-artist, and longtime advocate for seed saving, plant breeding, and heirloom fruits and vegetables. Her mission has …

FOR THE LOVE OF 'BUGS' (INSECTS) with Entomologist Nadia Ruffin

June 18th, 2020


Nadia Ruffin is an entomologist, gardener, and educator. She is the founder of Agricademy Inc and Urban Farm Sista based in Cincinnati, Ohio. A lover …

Wedding(FLOWERS)Season, With Philippa Craddock, UK

June 11th, 2020


June is traditionally a month in which many, many weddings are celebrated with family, food, and FLOWERS.

With many of these weddings on hold this …

Unabashed Gratitude, Delight & Structures Of Care - Ross Gay, Poet Gardener

June 4th, 2020


Ross Gay is a gardener - he is also an award-winning poet and a professor. A founding board member of the Bloomington Community Orchard, a food …


May 28th, 2020


Melanie Falick is a maker of many things by hand, and in her work from knitting to gardening, welding to baking, she explores the connection between what we do with our hands in our own lives and our quality of life and …

Growing Weed In The Garden, Johanna Silver

May 21st, 2020


Johanna Silver is a gardener, writer and editor, formerly the garden editor at Sunset Magazine and regular contributor to Martha Stewart Living, …

For The Love Of Roses, With Rose Devotee Fallon Shea

May 14th, 2020


Fallon Shea is a self-described rose devotee and roseologist currently making her life with roses in Southern California as a grower, designer, …

The Comfort Of Roses, With Michael Marriott Of David Austin Roses

May 7th, 2020


Cultivating Place kicks off the month of May - with two-episodes focused on ROSES – we start off this week before Mother’s Day here in the U.S., with …

Navigating By Plants: Uli Lorimer, Native Plant Trust

April 30th, 2020


Uli Lorimer is the director of Horticulture for the Native Plant Trust in Massachusetts. His work as a native plant and biodiversity advocate is …

FIBERSHED - Growing A Healthier Economy & Environment

April 23rd, 2020


Rebecca Burgess is a gardener, weaver and natural dyer. She is the executive director of Fibershed, the chair of the Carbon Cycle Institute, and the author of two books - her newest is FIBERSHED: Growing a Movement of …

Seedkeeper: Ira Wallace THE EARTH IN HER HANDS Series

April 18th, 2020


This week on Cultivating Place, a BEST OF in which we revisit our seedkeeping series. IN this one, we’re joined by plantswoman, seed advocate, farmer …

The Kitchen Garden Revival, With Nicole Johnsey Burke Of Gardenary

April 9th, 2020


For many, the orders to stay at home are also encouraging permission slips to GARDEN. On Cultivating Place this week, we are joined by Nicole Johnsey …

FOR THE WILD With Ayana Young, THE EARTH IN HER HANDS series #5

April 2nd, 2020


While we head into another month under social distancing and self-isolation restrictions in order to flatten the curve of the novel coronavirus …

Cultivated: The Elements of Floral Style with Christin Geall, THE EARTH IN HER HANDS #4

March 26th, 2020


So many people have reached out to express how the CP podcast is more important to them than ever. So even as this global crisis continues, so too …

Dr. Elaine Ingham, Soil Scientist - THE EARTH IN HER HANDS #3

March 20th, 2020


Women’s History month on Cultivating Place continues this week, knowing that radio and new voices are especially important to us all right now. Dr. …

Andrea DeLong-Amaya, THE EARTH IN HER HANDS #2

March 12th, 2020


Women’s History month on Cultivating Place continues this week with Andrea DeLong-Amaya, Director of Horticulture at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower …

Tiffany Freeman, Clinical Herbalist THE EARTH IN HER HANDS #1

March 5th, 2020


This week we wrap up our series on the healing power of gardens and kick off our Women’s History Month all at the same time.

For every episode in …

Horticultural Therapy At Work: Matt Wichrowski, MSW, HTR Rusk Institute HEALING GARDENS #5

February 27th, 2020


As we start to wind down our series on Healing Gardens and Therapeutic Landscape design, we’re joined by Matthew J. Wichrowski, MSW HTR, Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine and …

THE ELDER - An Ancient Healing Plant Ally, HEALING GARDENS #4

February 20th, 2020


This week the Cultivating Place series on Healing Gardens dives into one of our most ancient healing plant allies – the Elder – it’s genus, its …

HEALING GARDEN SERIES #3: Horticultural Therapy - Perla Curbelo, Puerto Rico

February 13th, 2020


Even as a girl growing up in Puerto Rico, Perla Sofía Curbelo recognized that the simple act of picking flowers for her mother to put out in their homemade everything more pleasant. This week, we continue our …

Healing Gardens Series #2: Therapeutic Landscapes Network, Dr. Naomi Sachs, Founding Director

February 6th, 2020


In our second episode in a series around the healing power of plants and gardens in our world, we get an overview of the professional field of …

Healing Gardens Series #1: Sanctuary, Annie Kirk Of Red Bird Restorative Gardens

January 30th, 2020


This week we kick off a series on the Healing Power of Gardens, in the series we’ll visit with Dr. Naomi Sachs, of the Therapeutic Landscapes …

GROWING EMPOWERMENT - Frailty Myths, with Erinn Carter & Georgia Faye Hirs

January 23rd, 2020


This week on CP, we're emboldened to consider our strength and power in the garden and in life generally by Erinn Carter and Georgia Faye Hirsty, two …

Emily Dickinson's Gardening Life, Marta McDowell

January 16th, 2020


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 …

(Gardening) News From The Capital: The Washington Gardener, Kathy Jentz

January 9th, 2020


It's shaping up to be a big news year for Washington DC, so this week Cultivating Place heads to the capital, but we’re there to check in with the …

Consider The Lilies, With Naturalist Educator Joe Joe Clark

January 2nd, 2020


As we ring in the New Year of this New Decade with the power of 2020 ours for the making, this week we are welcoming gardener, naturalist, educator, husband, and lily-lover Joe Joe Clark.

Born and raised Vallejo, …

Seedlings - The Growing Power Of Children's Literature

December 26th, 2019


From anecdotal and personal experiences, we know that many gardeners in the world are born of early childhood experiences, while I can’t get every …

On FLOWERS with Amy Merrick

December 19th, 2019


Since time immemorial flowers have accompanied humans on our journeys – this week Cultivating Place welcomes the divine Amy Merrick, writer, florist, …

The Scentual Garden, Ken Druse

December 12th, 2019


Ken Druse is a gardener and garden writer. This week on Cultivating Place Ken joins us to explore and revel in the scented Side of the garden - the …

In Search Of The Canary Tree, And Other Thoughts On Resilience BEST OF

December 6th, 2019


Dr. Lauren E. Oakes is a conservation and adaptation scientist working to model and communicate how people can adapt at local levels to the GLOBAL climate crisis. Her book In Search of the Canary Tree: The Story of a …

Unabashed Gratitude, Delight & Structures of Care - Ross Gay, Poet Gardener

November 28th, 2019


Ross Gay is a gardener - he is also an award-winning poet and a professor. A founding board member of the Bloomington Community Orchard, a food …

Talking About A Revolution, A Foodscape Revolution With Brie Arthur

November 21st, 2019


This week – heading swiftly into the winter holiday season good food cooking and baking and communing – Cultivating Place is joined by grow-your-own …

All The Herbs, With Sue Goetz

November 14th, 2019


This week we’re settling into the flavors of the Autumn season – and the seasonings we turn to in cooler weather - headed toward the tastes of the …

Firescaping, With Butte Fire Safe Council And Douglas Kent, Author

November 7th, 2019


In honor of the one year anniversary of the Camp Fire, Cultivating Place is joined this week by Douglas Kent, author of Firescaping, and Calli-Jane …

Mastering The Art Of Being A Plantsman, With Matt Mattus

October 31st, 2019


From his "Growing with Plants” blog to his first book "Mastering the Art of Vegetable Growing”, which he researched, photographed and wrote – …

Garden Cartography - Misti Little, The Garden Path Podcast

October 24th, 2019


Misti Little is an environmental consultant working in GIS services. As a naturalist, gardener, explorer and fellow garden audio producer, she (and …

Cultivating A Gardening Culture - With Home Gardener Tucker Fitzpatrick

October 17th, 2019


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.

BEST OF: Daring to be Wild - We ARE The Ark - with Irish Plantswoman, Mary Reynolds

October 10th, 2019


Irish plantswoman Mary Reynolds has cultivated a deep love of her place in the mountains of Wicklow, Ireland - in all its complexity and mystery. As …

Considering Our Gardens From The Inside Out - The First Next Room With Architect David Abelow

October 3rd, 2019


This week Cultivating Place is joined by award winning architect David Abelow. David asks us look at our gardens from the inside out and his …

A Natural History of Love & Loss: Late Migrations With Margaret Renkl

September 26th, 2019


"Loss is the twin of love" – so writes Margaret Renkl in her human and moving memoir of place, plants, people and life entitled "Late Migrations – A Natural History of Love and Loss".

Margaret is a gardener, an …

Restoring The Land, Restoring A Family - Dean Kuipers On The Deer Camp

September 19th, 2019


Dean Kuipers has studied and written about the field of environmental politics and the human-nature relationship for decades.

His most recent book …

At Home - With Plants, With Baylor Chapman, Lila B Design

September 12th, 2019


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 …

In Search of the Canary Tree, and other Thoughts on Resilience with Dr. Lauren E. Oakes

September 5th, 2019


Dr. Lauren E. Oakes is a conservation and adaptation scientist working to model and communicate how people can adapt at local levels to the GLOBAL climate crisis. Her book In Search of the Canary Tree: the Story of a …


August 29th, 2019


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 …

High Ground: Penstemons & Other Alpine Plants, Mike Kintgen, Curator at Denver Botanic Gardens

August 22nd, 2019


Alpine and Steppe plants are uniquely interesting individuals and communities of plants that thrive in extreme conditions of high elevations and dry …

Plant Me A Rainbow, Meg Herndon And Sandra Nam Cioffi

August 15th, 2019


On Cultivating Place this week, we speak with two Landscape Architects who came together to create and offer out to the gardening world beautiful, …

Where The Wild Things Are: The Wild Yards Project, With David Newsom

August 8th, 2019


David Newsom is a filmmaker, storyteller, and outdoorsman. But when his daughter was born he realized he wanted to bring her butterflies, bees and all the rich diversity of the world, and so he became a gardener to a …

Reading A Landscape, Courtney Allen Of The Native Plant Trust

August 1st, 2019


This week we dive deep into a conversation on being more observant in our places with historic preservationist Courtney Allen, Director of Public Programs at the Native Plant Trust. Together we explore all that we can …

TO BE A PLACEMAKER With Gardener And Spiritual Memoirist Christie Purifoy

July 25th, 2019


As gardeners we are many things, among these we are place makers. What does it mean to be a placemaker – what is learned, what is lost, what is …

PLANTING YOUR TRUTH with Horticulturist and Public Horticulture Leader in the Making, Abra Lee

July 18th, 2019


Abra Lee is a public horticulture leader in the making. From rural roots in Georgia, to a passion for pop music and style, she sees the interweaving …

On Posh Cow Parsley & Other Adventures In Growing Flowers From Seed, Clare Foster

July 11th, 2019


There are few things so affirming as growing plants from seed, this week on Cultivating Place, we talk about the adventures of growing flowers from …

Robin Wall Kimmerer On Gardening And Citizenship

July 5th, 2019


On this Fourth of July – Cultivating Place is pleased to be in conversation with Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer, author of “Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous …

A Garden Can Be Anywhere, With Lauri Kranz Of Edible Gardens LA + More

June 27th, 2019


As summer heats us up and slows us down, the garden and in particular the edible garden is front and center. This week Cultivating Place is joined by …

A Father Daughter Horticultural Conversation with Robert & Catherine Hanss

June 20th, 2019


Robert Hanss and his daughter Catherine are a father-daughter duo in the Northeast working together to create and care for gardens and horticulture …

FOR THE LOVE OF BUGS with Entomologist, Gardener and Educator Nadia Ruffin

June 13th, 2019


Nadia Ruffin is an entomologist, gardener and educator. She is the founder of Agricademy Inc, and Urban Farm Sista based in Cincinnati, Ohio. A lover …

Best Of: Soul Fire Farm - Committed To Ending Racism In The Food System

June 9th, 2019


Soul Fire Farm is a working farm in upstate New York. Co-founded by Leah Penniman, the farm and all its work is committed to ending racism and …

A Way To Garden - 21 Years Along, With Margaret Roach

May 30th, 2019


For many gardeners, Margaret Roach will need no introduction. Longtime Garden Editor of Martha Stewart Living and Editorial Director of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Margaret is the author of several well-known …

The Happy Wanderer: The Journey Story Of Plantsman Bob Hyland

May 23rd, 2019


In a variation on the Dispatches from the Home Garden series, this week we enjoy a Dispatches from the Home Gardener and Plantsperson.

Self-described Happy Wanderer, plantsman Bob Hyland of Hyland Garden design currently …

GREEN UP: Brooklyn Botanic Garden's The Greenest Block In Brooklyn!

May 16th, 2019


The best public gardens are in fact community gardens at some level, this week on Cultivating Place we’re speaking with gardeners from New York …

LIFE FORCE & MOTHER's DAY, Louesa Roebuck Of Foraged Flora

May 9th, 2019


LIFE FORCE: In honor of mother’s day here in the US this coming weekend, we’re joined by artist, floral designer, textile designer and all around …

Truth, Beauty, Chaos And Plants: THE PLANTHUNTER Australia

May 2nd, 2019


TRUTH, BEAUTY, CHAOS & PLANTS - May Day is upon us and we celebrate in conversation with Australian gardener and writer - Georgina Reid. Based in Australia, her work under the name of The Planthunter finds truth …

Daring To Be Wild - We ARE The Ark - With Irish Plantswoman, Mary Reynolds

April 25th, 2019


Irish plantswoman Mary Reynolds has cultivated a deep love of her place in the mountains of Wicklow, Ireland - in all its complexity and mystery. As …

Nature Gardens At The Natural History Museum of LA County

April 18th, 2019


In our fifth episode in our five part series on our gardens as habitat and we gardeners as powerful land stewards and biodiversity protectors, we …

Hummingbirds In Our Gardens, With Dr. Susan Wethington

April 11th, 2019


Hummingbirds are a beloved and charismatic creature of the Americas, the more than 350 species of which have coevolved with the flora of the Americas …

The Migratory Bird Garden, The Shedd Aquarium, W/ Horticulturist Christine Nye

April 5th, 2019


In this our third in a five part series, on our gardens as important habitat links for the wildlife of our regions we’re joined by Horticulturist …

Monarchs And Milkweed - Our Gardens As Habitat Series Episode 2 of 5

March 28th, 2019


In 2018, scientists reported dramatic losses in populations of one of North America’s most charismatic insects, the Monarch butterfly, with an …

The Xerces Society & Their BEE CITY Initiative - Ep. 1 Of 5 Gardens As Healthy Habitat

March 21st, 2019


The news goes from bad to worse when we’re talking about biodiversity, insect declines and habitat loss in our world. This week we kick off an all new five-week curated series on the critically important habitat our …

Spring Break Special: Kids At Play (Outside), With Amanda Thomsen & Nancy Striniste

March 14th, 2019


Spring is right around the corner and Spring Break Season is here – have you been outside lately? Have you been outside to play? Our guests this week …

Gather, Learn, Grown: The Garden Bloggers Fling

March 8th, 2019


On Cultivating Place this week – we’re joined by Pam Penick of the garden blog Digging, and founder of the Garden Bloggers Fling, together with Judy …

Farming's Bright & Just Future - The NYFC With Lindsey Lusher Shute

February 28th, 2019


Working to ensure a bright and just future for U.S. Agriculture – that’s the work of the The National Young Farmers coalition whose advocacy, …

Hortlandia: The Hardy Plant Society of Oregon, with Nancy Goldman

February 21st, 2019


Home of the famed spring plant sale HORTLANDIA, The Hardy Plant Society of Oregon is a thriving community of gardeners and Hort Heads who offer year …

Wave Hill And The Lifelong Learning Of Gardeners

February 14th, 2019


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 …

The Audacity Of Interconnecting With Plants: Tree, By Melina Sempill Watts

February 7th, 2019


As an early Valentine to this garden life and plant loving community, Cultivating Place offers out a conversation with Melina Sempill Watts, author …

Fire Recovery Guide, With CNPS

January 31st, 2019


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 …

Best Of - The Danger Garden - Dispatches From The Home Garden With Loree Bohl

January 25th, 2019


Danger Ahead: Home gardener and garden blogger Loree Bohl loves a garden with stand-out foliage and bold form. But pay attention - it can be …

Fruit As The Currency Of Memory With Fruit Forager, Sara Bir

January 17th, 2019


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 …

Plant-Colored Glasses: A Botanist's Life

January 10th, 2019


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 …

An Exercise In Intimacy: Turning Into Flowers

January 3rd, 2019


As an exercise in intimacy for the New Year – this week on Cultivating Place, we visit an artistic and botanical project in South Africa known as …

Floral Tete A Tete Fun For The New Year

December 27th, 2018


Some Floral tete a tete fun visits Cultivating Place this week just in time for the New Year. Josh Werber – founder of Floral Tete a Tete, a creative …

Recalibrating Our Nervous Systems & Floral Artistry With Max Gill

December 20th, 2018


Recalibrating our nervous systems and the art of seasonal, local floral design is what we’re exploring On CP this week with Max Gill, floral designer perhaps best known for his weekly floral artistry at Chez Panisse in …

When We Talk With Our Gardens: Ilene Flax, Dispatches From The Home Garden Inbox

December 13th, 2018


In constant conversation with her home garden, our guest this week on Cultivating Place is committed to both the listening and the speaking roles. In …

Seasonal Garden Book Round Up

December 6th, 2018


Did you say you needed a good Garden Book Recommendation?! The holidays and end of year are upon us – and with them, all those lists. Things to do, …

Adaptation & Innovation - Abigail Willis & The Compendium Of Amazing Gardening

December 3rd, 2018


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 …

Wanderlust GardenLust: An Armchair Tour Of Some Of The World’s Best New Gardens

November 22nd, 2018


In the wake, and still the fury of the #CAMPFIRE here in Northern California - we lean into some escapism on this long weekend of the U.S. …

Gratitude & Morning Altars BEST OF

November 18th, 2018


This week on Cultivating Place, we revisit our Gratitude Special of last year - celebrating this season of harvest, of taking stock, of giving back, …

No Ghosts But A Good Story: The Asa Gray Garden Renovation At Mt. Auburn Cemetery

November 13th, 2018


In this week after All Hallow eve, Day of the Dead, Samhain, All Saints Day, and All Soul’s day – I thought – let’s visit a garden for our ancestors. …

Soul Fire Farm – Ending Racism In The Food System

November 1st, 2018


Soul Fire Farm is a working farm in upstate New York committed to ending racism and injustice in the food system, co-founded by Leah Penniman.

Leah is …

Ann Wood of Woodlucker Studios & Ngoc Minh Ngo Botanical Artistry Series, Part 4

October 25th, 2018


"Our craving to connect with nature continues to be the perfect foil for the magic of the human imagination," writes photographer Ngoc Minh Ngo.

This …

Julia Lucey & Botanical Aquatint Etching; Botanical Artistry Series, Part 3

October 18th, 2018


There’s an ancient association between the botanical world and the inspiration it provides to artists of all kinds. For our Botanical Artistry series …

Obi Kaufmann & The California Field Atlas; Botanical Artistry Of October, Part 2

October 12th, 2018


There’s an ancient association between the botanical world and the inspiration it provides to artists of all kinds. For our Botanical Artistry series part two, we meet Obi Kaufmann – author and artist of The California …

GRAPHIC and EPIC: Kate Blairstone & Mona Caron; Botanical Artistry Series, Part 1

October 4th, 2018


There’s an ancient association between the botanical world and art inspired by it. This week on Cultivating Place, we kick off a four-part series in …

The Seeds Of Who We Grow To Become: Stonegate Farm; Seeds Of September, Part 4

September 27th, 2018


This week on Cultivating Place, our final in the Seeds of September series we're joined by Matthew Benson of Stonegate Farm in New York's Hudson …

To Be A Seed Keeper: Rowen White & Sierra Seed; Seeds Of September, Part 3

September 20th, 2018


This week on Cultivating Place, the third installment in the Seeds of September four part series– we’re joined by Rowen White, founder of Sierra …

Ira Wallace And Southern Exposure Seed Exchange; Seeds Of September, Part 2

September 13th, 2018


This week on Cultivating Place, the second installment in the Seeds of September four part series – when we’re joined by plantswoman, seed advocate, …

Jere Gettle, Organic Seed Alliance, Redwood Seeds; Seeds Of September, Part 1

September 6th, 2018


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 …

More To Life Than Meets The Eye - Eugenia Bone, Author Of "Microbia"; Best of CP

August 30th, 2018


They are in your garden by the billions, they are in your food, in your house, and all over your skin. They partner us in all we do and they make all …

Tools Make The Man — Or Woman, Best Of Cultivating Place

August 23rd, 2018


The right tools can make all the difference in our lives and in our work. This is as true in gardening as in all other aspects of life. This week on …

In The Night Garden With The International Dark-Sky Association, Best Of Cultivating Place

August 16th, 2018


This week on Cultivating Place, we spend a little time revisiting our conversation exploring and appreciating the many gifts of darkness with the …

Gardening Under Australian Skies, A Conversation With Pen Pender, Best Of Cultivating Place

August 14th, 2018


This week on Cultivating Place, a best of conversation with a home gardener who has moved not just gardens, but continents and hemispheres. As we …

Leslie Bennett & Pine House Edible Gardens, Best Of Cultivating Place

August 2nd, 2018


Leslie Bennett is a garden designer of both English and Jamaican descent working out of Oakland, CA. With a Jamaican-born husband, a two year old …

The Garden In Every Sense And Season

July 26th, 2018


The garden is a full contact playground engaging us at all levels: We can hear, we can taste, we can see and smell - touch and feel. Tovah Martin is …

New England Wild Flower Society

July 19th, 2018


The New England Wild Flower Society is one of the oldest native plant conservation organizations in the country and represents the New England …

Beth Chatto Garden & Garden Symposium

July 12th, 2018


In May of this year, the gardening world – specifically the ecologically based gardening world – lost one of it’s great leaders, Beth Chatto. This …

The Case Of The Poached Dudleya

July 5th, 2018


This week we’re joined by two native plantspeople – Julie Nelson and Michael Kauffmann - to delve into the unsettling case of the poached Dudleya …

Wallflowers - Nekisha Durrett and the U.S. Botanic Garden

June 28th, 2018


In preparation for the 4th of July holiday, this week we visit our nation’s capital and the U.S. Botanic Garden. We’re joined by Devin Dotson, …

National Pollinator Week With Biologist Dave Goulson

June 21st, 2018


On Cultivating Place today we celebrate National Pollinator Week in the US when we’re joined by British biologist, conservationist and Professor of …

School Gardens: Kevin Jordan & Leo Palmiter's High School Garden Program

June 14th, 2018


It is now officially summer vacation for most public school districts in the US. Today, Cultivating Place takes a little field trip to visit …

Five Seasons - The Gardens Of Piet Oudolf

June 7th, 2018


In the global gardening world, Piet Oudolf is synonymous with a naturalistic planting style - rich in sweeps of grouped flowering perennials (often …

The Humane Gardener With Nancy Lawson

May 31st, 2018


The Oxford English Dictionary defines the word Humane as this: Being characterized by consideration of other, compassionate. This week on Cultivating …

Memorial Day - A Reflection Garden, Southern CT State University

May 24th, 2018


Entryways of Civility, Pathways of Kindness: A Reflection and Social Justice Garden on the Campus of Southern Connecticut University in New Haven, CT. Originally conceived to celebrate the lives and lights of four women …

A Tea Garden In Tivoli, Dispatches From The Home Garden

May 17th, 2018


Unprecedented – Never to Happen Again. This Zen idiom refers specifically to the transient nature of time and each and every moment no matter how seemingly mundane. This sacredness in the everyday is at the heart of our …

Art In The Garden, Art From The Garden With Melody Overstreet

May 10th, 2018


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, …

More To Life Than Meets The Eye - Eugenia Bone, Author Of "Microbia"

May 4th, 2018


They are in your garden by the billions, they are in your food, in your house, and all over your skin. They partner us in all we do and they make all that we do well possible to start with. Listen in to this week's …

Cultivating Place: Gardening While Young—National Children & Youth Garden Symposium 2018

April 26th, 2018


The second best time to become a gardener and nature lover is right now. The first best time, is as a child. This week on Cultivating Place, we’re …

Cultivating Place: CA Native Plant Week & Dispatches From The Home Garden With Vincent Bellino

April 19th, 2018


Happy California Native Plant Week! The California Floristic Province is home to on the order of 6,500 native plant species and there are those among us who love and want to ensure the long life of the genetics and …

Cultivating Place: Monticello - The Gardens And Gardening Legacy Of Thomas Jefferson

April 12th, 2018


On April 13th, Statesman and third president of the United States, Thomas Jefferson, would be 275 years old. He was also an avid and curious and …


April 5th, 2018


Grow what you love, it’s advice we’re given early in our gardening adventures as to how to choose what to plant, to tend and to pray over. Grow the food you love to eat, grow the flowers you love to look at or smell, …

Cultivating Place: What A Mountain Tastes Like With Pascal Baudar

March 29th, 2018


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 …

Best Of Cultivating Place: The Nurturing Plant Power Of Mama Maiz

March 22nd, 2018


Nurturing – that’s what comes to mind when I think of the work of Blanca Diaz also known as Mama Maiz. Blanca is a practicing doula and herbalist …

Cultivating Place: Maria Failla - Bloom & Grow Radio

March 15th, 2018


This week on Cultivating Place, a conversation with Maria Failla, the host of Bloom & Grow Radio – a unique podcast from New York City designed …

Cultivating Place: Benjamin Vogt - A New Garden Ethic

March 8th, 2018


Benjamin Vogt is a next generation student of the beloved conservationist and writer Aldo Leopold and a passionate nature and garden advocate …

Cultivating Place: Designing With Palms, A Conversation With Jason Dewees

March 1st, 2018


This week on Cultivating Place, Designing with Palms – in the heart of Spring Break season where those of us in colder climes might be longing for a …

Cultivating Place: A Pot Spot Classic (Handcrafted) Stone Vessels

February 22nd, 2018


Most gardeners - of the indoor or outdoor variety - love (and covet) a good pot. For house plants, for focal points, for cut arrangements, for … …

Best Of Cultivating Place: The Healing Power Of Gardens With Author And Gardener Clare Cooper Marcus

February 15th, 2018


The healing power of gardens and nature is well known to almost anyone who gardens and has been recorded by gardeners, landscape designers and …

Land And Water - A Conversation And Upcoming Conference With Hunter Ten Broeck

February 8th, 2018


This week on Cultivating Place, we talk land and water with Hunter Ten Broeck of WaterWise Landscapes Inc. in Albuquerque, NM. No matter where we …

The Danger Garden - Dispatches From The Home Garden With Loree Bohl Of Portland, OR

February 1st, 2018


Danger! Home gardener, garden communicator and blogger Loree Bohl, loves a garden with stand-out foliage and bold form. But pay attention to where …

Cultivating Place: North America's Largest Ecosystem - The Prairies and Plains With Brad Guhr

January 26th, 2018


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 …

Cultivating Place: Happy Birthday Laura Ingalls Wilder

January 18th, 2018


This week on Cultivating Place, we’re celebrating the February 7th birthday of Laura Ingalls Wilder with Author and historian Marta McDowell. Her …

Cultivating Place: Dispatches From The Home Garden – Laura Christman And Planet Pomegranate

January 11th, 2018


This week on Cultivating Place our next in the occasional series of Dispatches from the Home Garden - this time through the lens of a regional …

Cultivating Place: A Seasonal Feast For The Senses, Sarah Statham Of Simply By Arrangement

January 4th, 2018


This week on Cultivating Place we start off the new year with some thoughts on life and our gardens as feasts for the senses, with an eye toward …

Cultivating Place: A New Year Vision: The Abiquiu, NM Garden Of Georgia O'Keeffe

December 28th, 2017


Georgia O’Keeffe is known as the innovative mother of modernism in the art world. She was also a gardener. O’Keeffe's garden in Abiquiu, NM has always moved me as a visionary, gardener’s garden - one of those gardens of …

Cultivating Place: The Spirit Of Christmas Past In The Garden

December 21st, 2017


This week on Cultivating Place, a lesson in garden history seen through the lens of holiday decorations and traditions from seasons past when we’re …

In The Night Garden: A Conversation With The International Dark Sky Association

December 14th, 2017


This week before the Winter Solstice, Cultivating Place is exploring and appreciating the many benefits and beauty of winter’s bountiful darkness – …

Bringing Nature Home – An Ongoing Entreaty: A Conversation With Doug Tallamy

December 7th, 2017


This week on Cultivating Place we’re joined by gardener, author, activist and entomologist, Doug Tallamy. Ten years ago, his first book "Bringing …

Cultivating Place: Holiday Blooms – A Conversation With Thomas Broom-Hughes Of Thomas Blooms Flowers

November 30th, 2017


As we knock on the door of December, and the garden and its greenery call out to us in very different ways than they do in other seasons of the year, …

Cultivating Place: Gratitude In The Garden

November 23rd, 2017


The late autumn into winter months – from the Harvest Moon rising in October to the Winter Solstice on December 21st and through the beginning of the …

Cultivating Place: Tools Make The Man — Or Woman

November 16th, 2017


The right tools can make all the difference in our lives and in our work. This is as true in gardening as in all other aspects of life. This week on …

Cultivating Place: Kiss The Ground – The Hundreds Of Ways To Do Just This – With Finian Makepeace

November 2nd, 2017


The 13th century Persian poet Rumi famously wrote: “Let the beauty you love be what you do, there are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.”

Ryland Engelhart and Finian Makepeace took these words to heart and in …

Cultivating Place: The Nurturing Plant Power Of Mama Maiz

October 26th, 2017


Nurturing – that’s what comes to mind when I think of the work of Blanca Diaz also known as Mama Maiz. Blanca is a practicing doula and herbalist …

Best of Cultivating Place: Jinny Blom – The Thoughtful Gardener

October 24th, 2017


This week on Cultivating Place we’re joined by Uk based garden designer Jinny Blom, whose new book is entitled “The Thoughtful Gardener: an …

Cultivating Place: California Native Plant Society Conservation Conference

October 18th, 2017


No matter where you live, the native plants of that area help define the beauty, history and meaning of all life there – from the soil, to the birds …

Cultivating Place: The Central Texas Gardener

October 18th, 2017


This week on Cultivating Place, we’re joined by a gardener who lives and works beneath the great, big beautiful Sky of Austin, Texas –one of many …

Cultivating Place: Elizabeth Lawrence And Her Southern Garden

October 18th, 2017


Elizabeth Lawrence was one of the grand dames of American horticulture in the 1900s. She was not only an avid gardener, but the first trained and …

Cultivating Place: The Healing Power Of Gardens, With Author And Gardener Clare Cooper Marcus

September 25th, 2017


The healing power of gardens and nature is well known to almost anyone who gardens and has been recorded by gardeners, landscape designers and …

Cultivating Place: Cutting Back With Author Leslie Buck

September 25th, 2017


In the realm of gardenways and traditional garden design being inextricably interwoven with a culture, for me the garden design and techniques, and …

Cultivating Place: Gardens Of The Wild, Wild West – Lessons From Pioneers, With Mary Ann Newcomer

September 25th, 2017


When you hear the phrase "gardens of the wild, wild west," what comes to mind? For gardener, author and radio host Mary Ann Newcomer of Boise, Idaho, there’s a long history of intrepid plants, gardens and gardeners that …

Cultivating Place: Leslie Bennett & Pine House Edible Gardens

September 25th, 2017


Leslie Bennett is a garden designer of both English and Jamaican descent working out of Oakland, CA. With a Jamaican-born husband, a two year old …

Cultivating Place: Land On Fire – A Conversation With Ecologist And Author Gary Ferguson

September 25th, 2017


Late summer is fire season in the American West. A part of life.

This week Cultivating Place speaks with Gary Ferguson, author of "Land on Fire: The …

Cultivating Place: Big Dreams, Small Garden – A Conversation With Marianne Willburn

September 25th, 2017


In my experience, no home and garden are just perfect. And yet, they are just right if we bring the right perspective. Author and gardener Marianne …

Cultivating Place: Dispatches From The Home Garden – Emily Wilkins, Seattle, WA

September 25th, 2017


This week on Cultivating Place we hear the next in our series of Dispatches from the Home Garden, this time from a north Seattle neighborhood where …

Cultivating Place: Jinny Blom – The Thoughtful Gardener

September 25th, 2017


This week on Cultivating Place we’re joined by Uk based garden designer Jinny Blom, whose new book is entitled “The Thoughtful Gardener: an …

Cultivating Place: A Wide-Angle Garden Design Education with Katharine Webster

September 25th, 2017


There's something to be said for having deep and historic roots to one region – one gardening and natural history home. I have an admiration for gardeners who’ve been born and raised in the historic home territories of …

Cultivating Place: The Wild Ornamental Buckwheats!

September 25th, 2017


In life, there are generalists and there are specialists. This week on Cultivating Place, we’re speaking with botanist Dr. Ben Grady about his work …

Cultivating Place: 'Natural Selection' - A Conversation With Dan Pearson

September 25th, 2017


It is full on summer. Perhaps you are in the very middle of summer holidays here at mid-July. If you are like me, there is a special anticipation to …

Cultivating Place: Cultivating America's Gardens - Smithsonian Gardens

September 25th, 2017


Over the past year of Cultivating Place interviews, we’ve heard references to the importance of the Smithsonian Gardens archives for the research of …

Cultivating Place: Gardening Under Australian Skies, A Conversation With Home Gardener Pen Pender

September 25th, 2017


This week on Cultivating Place, a conversation with a home gardener who has moved not just gardens, but continents and hemispheres. As we just …

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

September 25th, 2017


Next week – June 28 to July 4 – our country is celebrating American Flowers Week, celebrating American-grown flowers in 50 states. In celebration, …

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

September 25th, 2017


In our last Cultivating Place "Dispatches from the Home Garden," we heard from a young gardener experiencing her first garden dislocation/relocation …

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

September 25th, 2017


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 …

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

September 25th, 2017


Gardening is a specifically human endeavor. It is a characterizing feature of our species, fairly well documented throughout our evolution. Which …

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

September 25th, 2017


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 …

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

September 25th, 2017


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 …

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

September 25th, 2017


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 …

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

September 25th, 2017


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, …

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

September 25th, 2017


Close to 21 years ago, a Cordon Bleu 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. …

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

September 25th, 2017


It is California Native Plant Week this week. Officially designated by the California Native Plant Society in 2010, this year the festivities and …

Cultivating Place: 'Useful, With A Pleasant Degree Of Humor" – The Old Farmer's Almanac Turns 225

September 25th, 2017


“Useful, with a pleasant degree of humor” — that is the tag line for the Old Farmer’s Almanac, an annual handbook for American growers, farmers and …

Cultivating Place: The Garden Conservancy’s 2017 Open Days Directory, With Laura Wilson

September 25th, 2017


If you’re like me, you love getting out into your own garden, but visiting someone else’s garden is almost as good — there’s just less weeding required. The end of March/beginning of April is also the unofficial kick …

Cultivating Place: 'The Chinese Kitchen Garden' With Wendy Kiang-Spray

September 25th, 2017


Gardenways and "The Chinese Kitchen Garden" - a conversation with gardener and author, Wendy Kiang-Spray

I am fairly accustomed to hearing the phrases …

Cultivating Place: Harvest – Stefani Bittner, Alethea Harampolis

September 25th, 2017


Sometimes when you use the word garden – people immediately conjure up images of the ornamental perennial border, other people however conjure up …

Cultivating Place: The Irish Garden With Fionnuala Fallon, Correspondent For The Irish Times

September 25th, 2017


It is the eve of St. Patrick’s Day and it does seem that even if you’re not Irish per se, St. Patrick’s Day brings out a little bit of Irish in us all. And while I have no interest in green beer, I do have an interest …

Cultivating Place: Dispatches From The Home Garden – Christin Geall, Victoria, BC

September 25th, 2017


Every garden has a story as does every gardener. In our next in the occasional series of Dispatches From the Home Garden, today we travel to the Pacific Northwest and cross the border to Canada, where we speak with a …

Cultivating Place: 'The Cut Flower Farm' – Erin Benzakein And The Flower Farmer Revolution

September 25th, 2017


There is a flower farming revolution sweeping across our country and I for one am all for it. A few months back, Cultivating Place was joined by …

Cultivating Place: Presentation Is Everything—The Garden-Based Pottery Of Artist Frances Palmer

September 25th, 2017


As gardeners or naturalists, we often share an urge to display our love – flowers or fruits of the season arranged in bottles and vases, in bowls and on platters. The deep beauty of the harvest and the season have a …

Cultivating Place: The Roses Have It - Early Spring Rose Care And Rose Societies With Jolene Adams

September 25th, 2017


Late winter early spring might be kind of quiet in the garden in terms of flowers, but it is very busy in terms of plant care – especially in the care of keeping of our roses. Roses are a favorite of many gardeners, a …

Cultivating Place: Dispatches From The Home Garden #1 - Christl Findling

September 25th, 2017


Have you ever noticed how every garden has a story? No matter how many gardeners might have worked that spot: just 2 - for instance mother nature …

Cultivating Place: The Nature Fix - How Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier And More Creative

September 25th, 2017


“Anyone who’s gazed at the moon or stood still in a magnificent stand of trees knows what it’s like to experience the Power of Awe – it seems to slow time, proffer reverence for life and connect us to one another. …

Cultivating Place: Digging Deep - Fran Sorin

September 25th, 2017


Digging deep: this is a phrase that has a wide variety of meanings and uses – both literal and figurative — in the garden, and in the body, mind and heart.

In a new year, many of us have a tendency to generate a to-do …

Cultivating Place: Eliot Coleman And 'The Four-Season Harvest'

September 25th, 2017


It is mid-January. It is deep mid-winter, even in my relatively mild USDA zone 9, Sunset zone 8. While I am fortunate enough to have a year-round Saturday farmer’s market available to me, my own home garden is looking …

Cultivating Place: River Partners

September 25th, 2017


As a celebration of the many ways that one’s cultivation of place can benefit not only the individual cultivator – gardener or naturalist – this week …

Cultivating Place: Sunset Western Garden Test Gardens With Editor Johanna Silver

September 25th, 2017


Happy New Year! For over 100 years Sunset magazine has been inspiring gardens and gardeners in the American West. This year marks the first full year …

Cultivating Place: Heidrun Sparkling Mead

September 25th, 2017


There is something inherently satisfying about a full circle – a completion – a beginning brought to its fullness and coming to its natural end, …

Cultivating Place: Michael Kauffmann, Founder And Editor Of Backcountry Press

September 25th, 2017


In this season of the winter solstice — marked by the beauty and appreciative contemplation that mark the celebrations of winter holidays the world …

Cultivating Place: In Bloom: Creating And Living With Flowers – Ngoc Minh Ngo

September 25th, 2017


The famous British gardener and writer Vita Sackville-West stated that no room is ever complete without flowers. This week on Cultivating Place we …

Cultivating Place: Emily Dickinson – Poet Gardener

September 25th, 2017


Emily Dickinson references plants, flowers, nature or her garden in more than one-third of her known poems, with many more references in her extensive correspondences with family and friends. Flowers and nature provided …

Stephen Orr - The New American Herbal

September 25th, 2017


The term “herbal” refers to far more than a soothing tea or tasty spice. An herbal is a book or otherwise codified collection of knowledge about the …

Cultivating Place: Winter Craft

September 25th, 2017


Every year about this time, the light wanes, the temperatures drop and we as people draw in a bit, hunker down and begin whatever we can of a winter dormancy.

For gardeners and non-gardeners alike, I think, there is a …

Cultivating Place: Qayyum Johnson, Farm Manager Green Gulch Farm Zen Center

September 25th, 2017


As we enter a traditional two-month period marked by celebrations of giving thanks, this week on Cultivating Place we’re joined by Qayyum Johnson, …

Cultivating Place: Arlington National Cemetery, Memorial Gardens and Arboretum

September 25th, 2017


This week on Cultivating Place, we speak with Steve Van Hoven Chief Arborist and Horticulture Supervisor of Arlington National Cemetery, Memorial …

Cultivating Place: Garden History: Blithewold And The Country Place Era Garden

September 25th, 2017


Gardens can be important repositories for cultural and environmental history. From the plants included to materials used — you can read a great deal …

Cultivating Place: The Garden Conservancy

September 25th, 2017


Gardens and landscapes, gardeners and gardening are integral to our cultural literacy and sense of place and self as a nation. In 1989 Frank Cabot …

Cultivating Place: Sustainability In Prisons Project

September 25th, 2017


I don't know about you, but for me the garden grounds me, at the same time that it liberates me. Being out in nature - in the garden or on the trail …

Thomas Rainer And 'Planting In A Post-Wild World'

September 25th, 2017


Thomas Rainer is a “horticultural futurist fascinated by the intersection of wild plants and human culture." A landscape architect by profession and …

Ruth Bancroft And Her Epic Dry Garden

September 25th, 2017


Every garden has something to teach me – truly. About plants, about people, about space and light and place. I recently had the pleasure of visiting …

Gardening For Sustainable Cloth And Community

September 25th, 2017


Some people garden for food, some people garden for beauty, and some people garden and farm for cloth. Sandy Fisher is a weaver and fiber artist who …

Cultivating Place: Heirloom Bulbs With Scott Kunst Of Old House Gardens

September 25th, 2017


Today is the Autumnal Equinox. If gardening at its core is an activity of optimism, then planting fall bulbs is one of its most profound gestures of …

Cultivating Place: With A Little Help: Fine Gardening And Fine Gardeners, A New Generation

September 25th, 2017


Does simply removing your lawn bring you up to speed as a gardener? Have you noticed how when a lawn is replaced with a garden, some homeowners approach these new gardens with the same mow and blow management technique …

Cultivating Place: Removing Lawn, Becoming a Gardener

September 25th, 2017


In the wake of the ongoing drought in the state of California, the state and many municipalities have offered incentives for homeowners and …

Cultivating Place: Kelly Comras, Landscape Architect, Historian, And Author

September 25th, 2017


Landscape architects create outdoor spaces with intention and thought. While the effects are often unnoticed consciously, they are absorbed and …

Dr. Peter Raven – Plant Biology And The Conservation Of Biodiversity

September 25th, 2017


Dr. Peter Raven is one of the leading plant biologists in the world today, having begun his botanical and natural history journey falling in love …

Cultivating Place: Sasha Duerr — Rich, Healthy Pigments From The Garden

September 25th, 2017


It's late summer. The light is shifting incrementally each day now — tilting toward a new season. I notice especially in those transitory, …

Beth Pratt-Bergstrom, Author Of 'When Mountain Lions are Neighbors'

September 25th, 2017


This week on Cultivating Place, life in the garden gets a little more wild when we speak with Beth Pratt-Bergstrom, California director of the …

Cultivating Place: Stefani Bittner And The Beautiful Edible Garden And Its Multilayered Harvest

September 25th, 2017


Sometimes when you use the word garden – people immediately conjure up images of the ornamental perennial border. Other people, however, conjure up …

Cultivating Place: Humble Roots Nursery

September 25th, 2017


Kristin Currin is owner and founder with her husband Drew Merritt of Humble Roots Native Plant Nursery in Mosier, Oregon.

Situated at the interface …

Debra Prinzing And The Slow Flowers Movement

September 25th, 2017


Cultivating Place this week welcomes Debra Prinzing, the producer of, the online directory to American flower farms, and florists, …

Cultivating Place: Marta McDowell, "All The Presidents' Gardens"

September 25th, 2017


In this election year, and with the Independence Day holiday just past, we have something of a patriotic garden theme going. This week, we’re joined …

Cultivating Place: Gardens For Heroes

September 25th, 2017


Are you a person who takes refuge in the natural world or your home garden? If so, then you appreciate the many benefits of these for regrouping from …

Cultivating Place: Genny Arnold And California Native Bulbs

September 25th, 2017


This week on Cultivating Place, we’re joined by Genny Arnold, Seed Program Manager at the Theodore Payne Foundation who speaks with us about the care …

Cultivating Place: Jessica Lundberg, VP of Administration at Lundberg Family Farms

September 25th, 2017


The impulse to garden is prismatic, right? It's about connection, about beauty, about plants, about productivity and self-sufficiency, about health …

The Xerces Society and Gardening For Butterflies (And Other Invertebrates!)

September 25th, 2017


Flower gardens grow flowers, vegetable gardens grow vegetables, and, yes, butterfly gardens grow butterflies. This week on Cultivating Place we’re …

Cultivating Place: Andrea Wulf

September 25th, 2017


Ever wonder how a plant got its name? Or for whom it was named and why? Those are the sorts of questions that started historian and author Andrea …

Cultivating Place: Ernie Wasson And Salvias

September 25th, 2017


Salvias are among my favorite of flowers. Do I say that about a different plant group just about every other week? It could be. Let’s say then that …

Cultivating Place: Mia Lehrer And Urban Landscapes

September 25th, 2017


We all know that human development impacts nature, and that the most developed of human spaces — cities — without any nature in them, negatively impacts humans. Since the very beginnings of the fields of landscape …

Cultivating Place: Native Plants And California Flora Nursery

September 25th, 2017


Nothing says place like the cultivation and caring for the plants native to your place. As gardeners we hear a lot about native plants. This is …

Cultivating Place: Robin Parer And Geraniaceae

September 22nd, 2017


Do you have particular plant groups you like more than most? Because of family history or where you live, perhaps? The Geranium family of flowering …

Cultivating Place: Bloomin' Hope And 'The Language Of Flowers'

September 22nd, 2017


Sometimes flowers, gardens and nature speaks to us. Sometimes we employ them to speak on our behalf. What do our gardens and flowers say to the …

Cultivating Place: Dr. Bill Thomas On Reinventing Aging

September 22nd, 2017


This week, we’re joined by Dr. Bill Thomas: gardener, farmer, parent with his wife Jude, and Harvard-trained geriatrician and international authority on eldercare. In the 1990s he co-founded with his wife Jude a …

Cultivating Place: The Atlanta Botanical Gardens

September 22nd, 2017


On Cultivating Place this week we talk with Mary Pat Matheson and George DeMan, the current president and founding president of the Atlanta Botanical …

Cultivating Place: Elizabeth Hoover On Native Gardens, Social Justice, Food Sovereignty And More

September 22nd, 2017


Sometimes our understanding of what gardening or a garden are can be expanded just by asking for someone else’s history and understanding of these …

Cultivating Place: Deborah Koons Garcia

September 22nd, 2017


If seed is the beginning and end of all plant life, soil is the place that most seeds call home. Soil then is a foundational aspect to any garden a …

Cultivating Place: Organic Seed Alliance

September 22nd, 2017


“Seed draws you in,” says Micaela Colley. “They capture your imagination,” Kalan Redwood adds.

Seeds are the alpha and the omega, the beginning and …

Cultivating Place: Daniel Atkinson On Seeds, Beans, Music, Family And More

September 22nd, 2017


This week on Cultivating Place, we’re joined by Daniel Atkinson — teacher, student, scholar of the African American Diaspora and Jazz and Rhythm and …

Cultivating Place: Sam Lemheney And The Philadelphia Flower Show

September 22nd, 2017


The first official day of spring is right around the corner, and among other things that means we're in the heart of flower and garden shows around the country.

This week, we speak with Sam Lemheney, Chief of Shows and …

Cultivating Place: Panayoti Kelaidis, Denver Botanic Gardens Senior Curator

September 22nd, 2017


This week our guest is something of a renaissance man. A Colorado native of Greek descent, Panayoti Kelaidis has a background in Chinese literature …

Cultivating Place: Gardening, Designing and Living With Lorene Edwards Forkner

September 22nd, 2017


Cultivating Place: Gardening, Designing and Living With Lorene Edwards Forkner by Jennifer Jewell

Cultivating Place: Author, Landscape Designer and Inward Gardener Julie Moir Messervy

September 22nd, 2017


For more than 25 years, Julie Moir Messervy has inspired gardeners, readers and thinkers with her garden designs and her garden philosophy. She …

Cultivating Place: A Conversation With California Landscape Designer Bernard Trainor

September 22nd, 2017


This week on Cultivating Place, the program’s conversations begin with Bernard Trainor, the Australian-born landscape designer. Known for his iconic …

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