Cultivating Place: Talking Open Days with Jennifer Jewell

cultivating_place_online_logo_1500x1500pixels_72dpiWhat else can you say when your favorite garden podcast asks you to be a guest? You say “Hell, yes!” and worry about the rest (you know, like how on earth will you be able to keep up with her previously impressive guests and wonderfully thoughtful interviews) later.

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. Created and hosted by Jennifer Jewell, Cultivating Place airs on North State Public Radio.

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

Jennifer and I spoke about the Garden Conservancy’s Open Days program, my since resigned position that I still volunteer with and advocate for, and about garden visiting in general – our own personal experiences, and what the public can take away from a stroll through someone else’s private garden.

I discovered Cultivating Place just as it launched in February 2016. Jennifer’s beliefs on gardens and gardening reflect my own, and I felt a sense of relief the first time I read her mission statement. Great! I never have to try and put that into words again – she nails it. Hurray! Now I know (of) at least one person in California who is just. like. me.

Cultivating Place is based on two beliefs: The first, that horticulture (“the art of garden cultivation or management” according to the Oxford English Dictionary) is a foundational element of our cultural literacy — on par with art, music, architecture, history, geography, social studies and literature. The second, that gardens and gardening provide a unique, and uniquely beautiful, bridge connecting us to our larger environments — culturally and botanically.”

To find out more about Cultivating Place visit the weekly program page on the NSPR website, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or Stitcher, and follow along on Instagram and Facebook for even more inspiration. You’ll be so glad you did.

Stay tuned for an upcoming post featuring highlights to look forward to with Northern California’s 2017 Open Days season. Meanwhile, here’s a peak at the three NY gardens I mention as my favorites in the interview…

GCOD.NY.AmyGoldmanFowlerGarden of Amy Goldman Fowler, Rhinebeck, NY (Open Days 2016)


Hyland/Wente garden, Millerton, NY (Open Days 2014)
View additional photos from this garden here.


Garden of Anne Spiegel, Wappingers Falls, NY (Open Days 2012)
View additional photos of this garden here.