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How to Make a Plant Love You

By: Summer Rayne Oakes
Narrated by: Summer Rayne Oakes, Simon Sinek, Kaleo Griffith
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Summer Rayne Oakes, an urban houseplant expert and environmental scientist, is the icon of wellness-minded millennials who want to bring nature indoors, according to a New York Times profile.

Summer has managed to grow 1,000 houseplants in her Brooklyn apartment (and they're thriving!) Her secret? She approaches her relationships with plants as intentionally as if they were people.

Everyone deserves to feel the inner peace that comes from taking care of greenery. Beyond the obvious benefits - beauty and cleaner air - there's a strong psychological benefit to nurturing plants as a path to mindfulness. They can reduce our stress level, lower our blood pressure, and improve our overall outlook. And they offer a rare opportunity to find joy by caring for another living being.

When Summer Rayne Oakes moved to Brooklyn from the Pennsylvania countryside, she knew that bringing nature indoors was her only chance to stay sane. She found them by the side of the road, in long-forgotten window boxes, at farmers' markets, and in local garden shops. She found ways to shelve, hang, tuck, anchor, secure, and suspend them. She even installed a 150-foot expandable hose that connects to pipes under her kitchen sink, so she only has to spend about a half-hour a day tending to her plants - an activity that she describes as a "moving meditation". This is Summer's guidebook for cultivating an entirely new relationship with your plant children.

Inside, you'll learn to:

  • Pause for the flowers and greenery all around you, even the ones sprouting bravely between cracked pavement
  • Trust that your apartment jungle offers you far more than pretty décor
  • See the world from a plant's perspective, trading modern consumerism for sustainability
  • Serve your chlorophyllic friends by learning to identify the right species for your home and to recreate their natural habitat (Bonus: your indoor garden won't die!)

When we become plant parents, we also become better caretakers of ourselves, the people around us, and our planet. So, let's step inside the world of plants and discover how we can begin cultivating our own personal green space - in our homes, in our minds, and in our hearts.

©2019 Summer Rayne Oakes (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Critic reviews

"In her book, Summer Rayne will upend so much more than your approach to plant care. You’ll learn how to better care for and treat people - starting with yourself. Highly recommended for anyone who struggles with the emptiness of modern living." (Hannah Bronfman, author of Do What Feels Good)

"I don’t care what color your thumbs are - Summer Rayne Oakes will not only inspire you to connect with nature by taking care of plants but open your eyes to how even the humblest of them takes care of us." (Michael Brune, executive director, Sierra Club)

“A beautiful, deeply researched celebration of the power that plants have to change our lives. In this compelling book, Summer Rayne Oakes invites us into a greener, more connected world, and gives us the tools to cultivate an unbreakable bond with nature, wherever we are.” (Ingrid Fetell Lee, author of Joyful and founder of The Aesthetics of Joy)

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Plant ownership has experienced a huge spike over the past two years, and it’s easy to understand why. Plants are one of the best ways to experience nature from the comfort of your own home. With such a wide variety of plants appropriate for all skill levels, almost anyone can jump in. Rather than write ourselves off as hopelessly black-thumbed, many more of us are becoming confident in our ability to keep our green friends alive and thriving.

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