Summer Rayne Oakes is a scientist, environmental activist, and model who has transformed her Williamsburg apartment into a lush, green oasis.
Oakes’ lengthy list of projects include assisting the launch of companies such as Good Eggs and Foodstand; along with her own SUGARDETOX.ME publishing site, cookbook, and now a blog on connecting with nature in the city.
She gives the public a tour of all the plants in her house through several Youtube videos on her channel.
While doing all of this she has also managed to grow over 670 plants in her 1,200-square-foot apartment! According to a report from Modern Farmer, Oakes home forest includes:
“a living wall, an irrigated vertical garden constructed out of mason jars, and, in a closet garden, edible plants ranging from the familiar (herbs, greens) to the exotic (a pineapple plant, curry leaves—the latter of which she raves about).”
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This corner of the house was WAY overdue for a clean-up. I had a Philodendron that was well over 12 feet tall scrambling up the wall and on the ceiling and was in desperate need of cutting; and some uncontrollable ivy, which has been living with brown scale for years. Time to repaint and reimagine this corner of the house!
Her first plant was began at about 4-feet, and has now grown to nearly 14-feet tall! Her dedication and passion is inspiring.
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