Summer Rayne Oakes: How to Make a Plant Love You (A Union League Club Event)

Summer Rayne Oakes keeps over 1,000 live houseplants spanning over 500 species in her Brooklyn apartment. She's an environmental scientist, an entrepreneur, and an icon for wellness-minded millennials who want to bring nature indoors. She's even installed a sub-irrigation system and helpful watering hacks, such as 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 a ticketed luncheon at the beautiful Union League Club in downtown Chicago. For reservations, or to order a signed copy of the book, call The Book Stall at 847-446-8880. The Union League Club requires business casual attire; no denim please.

How to Make a Plant Love You 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 simply a decorative object, but there's a strong psychological benefit to taking care of plants as a path to mindfulness. Taking care of other living beings is a basic human need. Urban Millennials with weaker community networks than previous generations 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 Rayne shows how our chlorophyllous 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.


Event date: 

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - 11:30am

Event address: 

Union League Club
65 W. Jackson
How to Make a Plant Love You: Cultivate Green Space in Your Home and Heart Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525540281
Availability: Not on hand, usually available within 1-5 Days
Published: Optimism Press - July 9th, 2019

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?