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“Cultivating Life” Connects 21st-Century Living to the Outdoors

Thirteen-Part Lifestyle Series Comes to Public Television in March 2006

Washington, D.C. — As Americans strive to balance the demands of the home and workplace, many seek ways to spend more of their free time outdoors. “Cultivating Life,” a new 13-part, half-hour weekly series demonstrates that reconnecting to the land is as easy as stepping out your backdoor. Hosted by Sean Conway, landscape designer and creator of a line of garden and outdoor living products, the series premieres in March 2006. “Cultivating Life,” which is a production of Ginkgo Leaf Productions and WETA Washington, D.C., will be distributed by American Public Television (APT) to public broadcasting stations nationwide.

In each episode of the series, Conway explains easy-to-do projects and offers inspiring ideas for integrating the outdoors into daily living. By exploring various trends and how they relate to garden, home, table, craft and land, “Cultivating Life” provides viewers with timely ideas for outdoor living, cooking, gardening and entertaining.

“Cultivating Life” demystifies time-honored agrarian traditions and related crafts, demonstrating how they can be reinterpreted to fit modern lifestyles. Conway, along with guest experts such as chef Jacquie Borden and craftsman Eric Pilotte, sets forth a framework for making life easier and developing a new consciousness about relating to the world outdoors. Viewers will find helpful tips — whether they are buying organic produce or heirloom tomatoes from an organic grocer, taking a seasonal share in a local farm, growing decorative borders of ornamental grasses in the backyard, or learning how to save endangered breeds of farm animals.

While Conway brings many years of landscape gardening experience to the series, “Cultivating Life” is more than a gardening program. As the episodes demonstrate ways to reinvigorate old perennial borders, collect and use rainwater, or renovate a stock shed to create an outdoor room, they also reveal the inspiring stories of people who are changing their surroundings in subtle — and often surprising — ways.

“Cultivating Life” is a production of Ginkgo Leaf Productions and WETA Washington, D.C. The executive producers for Ginkgo Leaf Productions are Sean Conway and Lee Buttala, winner of an Emmy Award for his work on “Martha Stewart Living.” Dalton Delan and John Potthast are executive producers for WETA.

Funding for “Cultivating Life” is provided by Target, Smith & Hawken, Kellogg’s and Kashi.

Ginkgo Leaf Productions is a production company based in Tiverton, Rhode Island, and is a partnership between outdoor living expert Sean Conway and Lee Buttala. For more information on its premier series, “Cultivating Life,” visit

WETA Washington D.C., is one of the three largest producing stations in the public television system and the flagship public broadcaster in the nation’s capital. WETA productions, co-productions and presentations include “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer”; “Washington Week”; “In Performance at the White House”; “The Kennedy Center Presents”; “Everyday Food”; “Globe Trekker”; and documentaries by filmmaker Ken Burns, the most recent being the Emmy Award-winning “Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson.” Sharon Percy Rockefeller is president and CEO of WETA. For more information on WETA and its programs, visit

For 44 years, American Public Television (APT) has been a prime source of programming for the nation's public television stations. APT distributes more than 10,000 hours of programming including “JFK: Breaking the News,” “Simply Ming,” “Globe Trekker,” “Rick Steves’ Europe,” “Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home,” “Battlefield Britain,” “Jungle,” “America’s Test Kitchen,” “Lidia’s Family Table” and classic movies. APT is known for identifying innovative programs and developing creative distribution techniques for producers. In four decades, it has established a tradition of providing public television stations nationwide with program choices that enable them to strengthen and customize their schedules. For more information about APT’s programs and services, visit


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