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How to Make a Plant Love You : Cultivate Green Space in Your Home and Heart - Summer Rayne Oakes

How to Make a Plant Love You

Cultivate Green Space in Your Home and Heart

Hardcover Published: 16th July 2019
ISBN: 9780525540281
Number Of Pages: 208

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Potted plants aren't mere decoration; they offer a rare opportunity to find joy by caring for another living thing.

Summer Rayne Oakes keeps 700 live houseplants spanning 400 species 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. She even made her own irrigation system, using a 150-foot 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.

This isn't an interior design book about hanging ivy on your window sills. It's about the real reasons that it's good for you to bring plants inside. Most people think that the common potted plant is just a decorative object, but there's also a strong psychological benefit to taking care of plants as a path to mindfulness. Taking care of other living things is a basic human need. Urban millennials with weaker community networks than previous generations just don't have the chance to do that.

This book ties together all the known benefits of taking care of plants (lower blood pressure, lower stress, cleaner air) with a bigger, less obvious benefit: Taking care of plants makes you a more life-giving person. Through colorful vignettes that draw us into the mysteries and hidden stories of our plants, Summer shows how our chlorophyllic friends can serve as a gateway to a greater life.

Who doesn't want to cultivate beauty, care for the natural world, and live mindfully in these crazy times? Summer Rayne Oakes shows us the way.

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.

ISBN: 9780525540281
ISBN-10: 0525540288
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 16th July 2019
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.7 x 14.7  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.41
Edition Number: 1

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