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How to Make a Plant Love You

Cultivate Green Space in Your Home and Heart
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Summary

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

"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)

"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)
 

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beautiful book. lovely to listen to. definitely a self care book and learning to understand plants and how we interact with them. how people and plants need each other. understanding how to choose the right plant for your environment. listened through twice since buying.

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This book was surprising to be honest. Totally out of my comfort but a lovely surprise. The narration was good and the story well written and delivered. I did have moments where I struggled a bit because the technical terms and some history etc that I found a little challenging to focus on but for plant enthusiasts that will probably be fascinating. I could relate to a lot of the story and so much was applicable to me. I definately believe it is worth it and summer does well in the execution.

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  • CB
  • 21-07-19

Lots of hype

Did not learn much new. Not a plant book, more just a bunch of essays on stuff she knows. Patronizing tone, I kept waiting and hoping for some plant substance, but it never came. Will try to get my credit back. Title has no relation to book content.

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  • Sam Coker
  • 29-04-20

An egotisitcal rambling of self indulgence.

The entirety of the lesson of this book could be summed up in one sentence: recreate the plant's enviroment. No duh. It takes the author the marjority of the book to get to that point. The rest is just ramblings and bragging of personal life. in addition, the book is ridiculously padded with quotes from her comments section. Skip this book if you value your time, or actually want to learn botany us the title implies.

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  • Natália
  • 29-01-20

It’s a good book

It’s a good book, but I was expecting to learn more about plants. As I’m already familiar with plants I didn’t learn too much. The good point is that it teaches you to see plants as living beings not decoration objects.

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  • Izumi TEXIDORHIRAI
  • 03-10-19

I learned so much!

I loved this book. It has transformed my house because II now have plants and I feel confident that I can care for them. Taking care of my plants is my favourite time of the day, it brings me so much joy! This book made my life better. Thank you!

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  • Kelly Lyell
  • 05-08-19

Good but Short

I enjoyed the book. But, I had awaited it's release for so long that I am now disappointed at how short the book is. Other than that, it's good.

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  • 801mushu
  • 26-07-19

Beautifully done

Wonderful message. I love my plants and have formed a relationship with them but, this relationship will definitely deepen after listening to this book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-07-19

Beautifully read and written

I enjoyed the message of the book of how plants are a lens into caring for our environment. The various voices throughout the book were also a nice and unexpected touch.

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  • Anoop Nair
  • 12-07-19

Good Read

Well written and narrated. love the different perspectives of this book. I started gardening this year and could identify with some of the concepts she talks about . as a leader i have devoted my last 2 years to enhancing my ability to be mindful . i think this book has validated some of the virtues i believe in and helped me in my journey to being a mindful person nourshing and caring for people who i lead.