Is taking care of plants the best way to take care of yourself?
As part of Wellness Wednesdays at NYBG, join Summer Rayne Oakes in conversation with Simon Sinek for the launch of How to Make a Plant Love You: Cultivating Your Personal Green Space. 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.
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.
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.
This event is included with grounds admission and takes place in the Edible Academy. Books will be available for purchase.
About Wellness Wednesdays
Take part in activities throughout the Garden that focus on healthy choices for mind and body, from local food options at the NYBG Farmers Market to yoga, cooking demonstrations, and more.