PUBLICITY MAGNET: Summer Rayne has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Vanity Fair, Vice, Inc, Nylon, Elle, and Modern Farmer magazine, among over 180 press outlets worldwide in the past 2 years. Many of these contacts consistently ask her for plant knowledge.
NEW TWIST ON A TREND: The houseplant trend is poised to explode on an international scale. 5 million 18-34 year olds took up gardening in 2016, and 37% of all millennials own plants. Summer Rayne’s book not only demystifies plant care but also explains why it’s ok—even admirable—to love plants so much.
SUPPORT FROM SIMON SINEK: Sinek will write the foreword and support the book enthusiastically to his huge fan base.
TV EXPERIENCE: As a prior host on Discovery Networks, a host on a weekly YouTube Series called “Plant One On Me” with 2.5 million total views on all videos, Summer Rayne is primed to speak on behalf of her book on television.
GIFTY PACKAGE: The book will feature beautiful two-color illustrations throughout.
“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!”
—Colleen Vien, sustainability director, Timberland
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