Is taking care of plants the best way to take care of yourself?
In this book, model and environmental scientist Summer Rayne elevates the common potted plant from a decorative object that makes one’s space “look good” to a gateway to something deeper. Taking care of other living things is a basic human need. Without exercising care for others, we become stuck in own heads, anxious, lonely, and unreceptive to beauty. Becoming a good plant parent can radically open your mind. Watering plants, listening to their needs, and breathing in their scents can mold you into a more mindful and caring person.
Think of plants as any other living thing: you need to form a relationship with them. In Oakes’ case, a lifelong love affair with plants led her to an apartment housing 700 of them. In this book, she weaves a panoply of colorful vignettes that draw us into the mysteries and hidden stories of our plants. From the practical (plants remove toxins from indoor air and enhance concentration), to the personal (plants are mood-boosters), you’ll learn how our chlorophyllic friends can serve as a gateway to a greater life.
You’ll also learn to care for plants more strategically and more intuitively. Along the way, you’ll arrive at new realizations about yourself and the world around you, proving once again that Nature is and will always be our greatest teacher.
Who doesn't want to cultivate beauty in their lives, care for the natural world, and live mindfully in these modern times? Those desires are clear, but the "how" seems much more complicated. Author Summer Rayne Oakes is here to show that it needn't be.
Author bio: Summer Rayne Oakes is an environmental scientist, entrepreneur and model whose work centers on three interconnected areas: health, wellness and sustainability. She founded Homestead Brooklyn, a website and YouTube channel, to help people become more attuned to nature in the city. Prior to this she founded SugarDetox.Me to help people reduce sugar in their diets and co-founded Le Souk, a sustainable materials marketplace for designers. She has worked with brands like Toyota, Aveeno, Payless, Pirelli, Celestial Seasonings, Espoma, lululemon, and more. And she and her work have been featured in a range of media outlets worldwide including: CNN, The New York Times, The Guardian, Vanity Fair, INC, and others. You may see her in Brooklyn walking her foster hen, Kippee; hanging out at her local community garden; or tending to her own copious indoor jungle.