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Cultivating Place: Reimagining May Sarton's house (and garden) by the sea, with artist & gardener Carly Glovinski

All images courtesy of Carly Glovinski. See individual images for pertinent Photographer credits; all rights reserved.
All images courtesy of Carly Glovinski. See individual images for pertinent Photographer credits; all rights reserved.

This week on Cultivating Place, we hear the magical story of how two gardeners, separated by time, came together to grow all of our imaginations.

May Sarton was a 20th—century writer known for her poetry, novels, and personal journals illuminating the landscape of the human heart and mind.

She was also a lifelong and avid gardener. She spent the last 22 years of her life on the coast of Maine in a house and garden called Wild Knoll, now a part of the Surf Point Artist In Residence Program.

Carly Glovinski is an artist working in a wide array of mediums that balance between craft, utility, and art.

She joins us today to tell the story of how she helped reimagine May Sarton’s former house site as a garden and to re-establish Sartons’s extant gardens using Sarton’s well-known journal “The House by the Sea” as her guide.

It's an inspiring story of how we all existentially garden with one another in so many ways, entwined across time and space, and how we garden the past, present, and future simultaneously. Join us!

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Jennifer Jewell is the creator and host of the national award-winning, weekly public radio program and podcast, Cultivating Place: Conversations on Natural History & the Human Impulse to Garden, Jennifer Jewell is a gardener, garden writer, and gardening educator and advocate.
Matt Fidler is a producer and sound designer with over 15 years’ of experience producing nationally distributed public radio programs. He has worked for shows such as Freakonomics Radio, Selected Shorts, Studio 360, The New Yorker Radio Hour and The Takeaway. In 2017, Matt launched the language podcast Very Bad Words, hitting the #28 spot in the iTunes podcast charts.