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


How to experience this session:

Jennifer Jewell, host of public radio’s award-winning program and podcast “Cultivating Place” discusses her new book, The Earth in Her Hands: 75 Extraordinary Women Working in the World of Plants, during this virtual book talk which also includes a virtual tour of the Gardens at Spring Creek and live Q & A with the author.

​Focusing in a wholly unique way on how horticulture intersects with our every day world and on women whose work has enriched and expanded these intersections in the last 25 years, The Earth in Her Hands: 75 Extraordinary Women Working in the World of Plants explores and celebrates how the plant world is improved by not only greater representation of women generally but also by diversity amongst those women.

It chronicles how working in the world of plants is a more viable and creative career path for women than ever before and how the plant-work world is demonstrating greater social and environmental responsibility, in large part due to women’s contributions.

Walking through profiles of women doing current and innovative work in all fields horticultural – botany, environmental science, landscape design and architecture, floriculture, agriculture, social justice, plant seeking and breeding, seed science, gardening, garden writing and garden photography, public garden administration, research, and public policy – we see how they often represent larger issues or shifts in our world.

The work of these women illustrates how the many challenges of our world – environmental, economic, cultural/societal, individual – can and are being met through cultivating an interdependence with plants. The group of 75 includes representatives from the United States, England, Ireland, Wales, Canada, Australia, India, and Japan.


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Location: Virtual Date: October 9, 2020 Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Jennifer Jewell