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Summer Rayne Oakes has been reaching people across the globe with the healing properties of gardening for years. Now, she brings what she’s learned to you, with vignettes that draw us into the hidden lives of our plants and playful illustrations from Mark Conlan.

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Summer Rayne Oakes keeps over 500 species of live houseplants in her Brooklyn apartment. She’s an environmental scientist, an entrepreneur, and (according to a New York Times profile) the icon of wellness-minded millennials who want to bring nature indoors.

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"This book goes way beyond teaching us how to care for plants – it also shows us a better way to treat people." –Simon Sinek

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"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
 
"My perspective was changed when I saw our planet from space. I felt connected to the rivers, forests, people and plants as I orbited our Blue Marble every ninety minutes. In 
How to Make a Plant Love You, Summer Rayne expertly tells the story of connecting to terra firma through her lifelong love and perspective of plants.  A must read for even the not so green thumbers."
--Leland Melvin, astronaut and author of Chasing Space

“So many of us are far removed from the outdoors. As Summer Rayne Oakes notes, gardening has not kept pace with society's gravitation from the suburbs to the city. 
How To Make a Plant Love You is written as a relationship guide for bringing plants and plant knowledge into your world and discovering their wonderful ways. It's not a “place this plant in this light condition book.” Instead it digs deep into how you can have a relationship with plants–and how you'll be a better person for it.”
--Jim Peterson, publisher of Garden Design Magazine

"Find the perfect plant for your home and all the advice you need to help it thrive with Summer Rayne Oakes's passionate and timely love letter to houseplants. Less practical plant directory, more mindfully observed and scientifically founded relationship manual between plants and people to help nurture an intuitively green thumb and get the best out of your plant family. Putting houseplants back into the context of their natural habitats and the environment, and the onus on the many wonders of the Plant Kingdom–that’s how to make a plant love you, and you fall more deeply in love with it."
--Sonya Patel Ellis, author of The Botanical Bible 

"The world’s first gardeners were women, and in this remarkable book Summer Rayne Oakes shares their centuries of wisdom. In addition to being a love story about one woman’s collection of over a thousand houseplants in a Brooklyn apartment, it’s a guide the rest of us can use to get closer to nature in the modern world."
--Michelle Slatalla, editor-in-chief of Gardenista

"I already feel more in tune with my little windowsill garden of houseplants and with the earth's wider ecosystem. It's incredibly grounding to be reminded of how we come from nature and are a part of it, constantly interacting with it, dancing to its tune."
--Aine Campbell, co-founder of Model Mafia

"You will be irresistibly drawn into the world of plants through the power and beauty of Summer Rayne Oakes's prose. Whether describing the myriad houseplants in her Brooklyn apartment or retelling stories of the great but fragile rainforests of the north, Summer Rayne's writing makes you feel you're right by her side in this journey towards a more beautiful, more observant way of being." 
--Marianne Krasny, Professor and Director of Civic Ecology Lab, Cornell University

"Summer Rayne Oakes beautifully captures the essential role that plants play in our lives and the world at large. We may not all end up with 1,000 living plants inside our homes, but she shows us how we can take small steps toward a stronger connection with nature and a greener future.  This is something we think about a lot at Timberland, so I particularly enjoyed this book!" 
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Colleen Vien, sustainability director, Timberland

About the Author

Summer Rayne Oakes is an environmental scientist and entrepreneur whose work focuses on health, wellness and sustainability. She founded Homestead Brooklyn, a website and YouTube channel, to help people become more attuned to nature in the city. Her work has been featured by many media outlets, including CNN, The New York Times, Vanity Fair, and Inc.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Optimism Press; Illustrated edition (July 9, 2019)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 208 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0525540288
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0525540281
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 12.8 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.7 x 0.85 x 8.6 inches
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Summer Rayne Oakes is an entrepreneur, author and model whose work centers on health, wellness and sustainability. Graduating Cornell University cum laude with degrees in Environmental Science and Entomology, Oakes began to bridge her interest in ecological systems to industries that affect our everyday life—from what we wear to what we eat to what we grow.

In 2009, while modeling full-time, Oakes co-founded the award-winning start-up Source4Style (now Le Souk) to connect designers to more sustainable textile suppliers around the globe—from cotton weavers in India to silk spinners in Cambodia. From there she applied her knowledge of sustainable systems to the world of food, helping to launch food startups seeking to build and strengthen more sustainable, regional food systems.

After working to nix her own sweet tooth, Oakes founded SugarDetox.me in 2014, a website which offers easy-to-follow, affordable 10-day and 30-day guided cleanses, centered around helping people transition away from sugary, processed foods and to begin embracing whole foods free of added sugars.

Most recently, she founded Homestead Brooklyn to help people become more attuned to nature in the city, largely around growing plants indoors and outdoors. Homestead Brooklyn includes a blog and Instagram channel (@homesteadbrooklyn), a weekly YouTube series called "Plant One On Me", Plant Swaps, and the Houseplant Masterclass (houseplantmasterclass.com)—the first online audiovisual course on houseplant cultivation, care and maintenance.

Oakes’ vision is to help find the extraordinary in the everyday person by inspiring and empowering those to live an active, healthy, fulfilling and sustainable life. Her work has been featured in a range of media outlets worldwide including: CNN, The New York Times, The Guardian, Vogue, Vanity Fair, INC, and others. You may see her in Brooklyn cooking sugar-free meals, hanging out at her local community garden, or tending to her own copious indoor jungle. More about her work at www.summerrayne.net, www.homesteadbrooklyn.com, and www.sugardetox.me.

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I'm having a wonderful time reading Summer's book, 'How To Make a Plant Love You', and have participated in the #PlantShopPubCrawl in my local neighborhood when it was going on. I'm a new plant enthusiast who was looking for advice on caring for houseplants in a more thoughtful way, then found this piece to be much more with the storytelling, science and memoir aspect.
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This is a lovely keepsake book and would make a wonderful gift for any plant lover. Some people have mentioned the title is deceiving and while I fully understand that, the concept is all about the psychological impact/benefits that plants in our immediate environment can offer us. The personal stories are moving and instantly make you feel you aren't alone in your obsession for all things green! Additionally, Summer backs up her writing with many interesting case studies. If you love watching Summer on her YT channel, you'll no doubt benefit immensely from this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful book with a purpose.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful book with a purpose.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 13, 2019
I advice you to buy the physical book. The quality is unique, the illustrations are beautiful and it was written with the purpose to make you stop and think about the people and the nature around us. This book also helps you to see your special role in God's creation. You are here for it. And it is here for you. Holding this book is a real experience of mindfulness.
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