Country Living in the Big City
 

Events + Workshops

I love sharing my knowledge and the beauty of plants and am currently doing a limited number of events, talks, and workshops to help bring more green into people's lives. Both public and private events here. If you're looking for something customized, just send us an inquiry.  Some customizable workshops may include: DIY Plant Workshop for the Office, Create Your Own Urban Jungle, and Private Garden Tours (minimum of 10 people).


 
 

How to Make a Plant Love You

A keynote talk at the Garden Club of America to introduce the beauty of houseplants.

Garden Club of America — NYC

Thursday, February 7, 2019 Time: 6:30-8:00PM

Founded in 1913, The Garden Club of America is a nationwide organization that celebrates the fields of horticulture, conservation, and civic improvement. In this keynote talk, Summer Rayne will share her personal story and how in fact you can make a plant love you—a prelude to her upcoming book, How to Make a Plant Love You.

Location: Garden Club of America HQ, 14 East 60th Street, New York, NY 10022

 
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Book Tour: NYC

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How to Make a Plant Love You — Book Tour: NYC

Saturday, July 13, 2019 Time: TBD

Stay tuned for a full list of events and book signings in NYC

Location: TBD

 
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Book Tour: Columbus

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How to Make a Plant Love You — Book Tour: Columbus, OH

July 13-16, 2019 Time: TBD

Stay tuned for a full list of events and book signings in Columbus, OH

Location: TBD

 

Millennials+Plants

Millennials now contribute to over 30% of houseplant sales. Hear firsthand on what they look for when it comes to buying plants.

Cultivate19

Sunday, July 14, 2019 Time: 1:30-2:30PM

Millennials now contribute to over 30 percent of indoor plant sales, making them a prime target for garden centers and nurseries. In this panel, you’ll hear firsthand from three houseplant enthusiasts, Summer Rayne Oakes of Homestead Brooklyn; Darryl Cheng of Houseplant Journal; and Maria Failla from Bloom and Grow Radio talk about what they look for when it comes to buying plants. A book signing for Summer Rayne’s book, How to Make a Plant Love You, will follow the panel session.

Location: Cultivate19 Conference, Greater Columbus Convention Center, 400 N High St, Columbus, OH 43215

 
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Book Tour: Chicago

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How to Make a Plant Love You — Book Tour: Chicago

July, 2019 Time: TBD

Stay tuned for a full list of events and book signings in Chicago.

Location: TBD

 
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Book Tour: Philadelphia

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How to Make a Plant Love You — Book Tour: Philadelphia

August 2019 Time: TBD

Stay tuned for a full list of events and book signings in Philadelphia.

Location: TBD

 
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Book Tour: SF & LA

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How to Make a Plant Love You — Book Tour: SF & LA

September 2019 Time: TBD

Stay tuned for a full list of events and book signings in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Location: TBD

 
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Book Tour: SLC

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How to Make a Plant Love You — Book Tour: Salt Lake City

Saturday + Sunday, September 7 - 8, 2019 Time: TBD

Stay tuned for a full list of events and book signings in Salt Lake City.

Location: TBD

 
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Book Tour: Vancouver

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How to Make a Plant Love You — Book Tour: Vancouver

September 18 - 21, 2019 Time: TBD

Stay tuned for a full list of events and book signings in Vancouver.

Location: TBD

 
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Book Tour: Seattle

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How to Make a Plant Love You — Book Tour: Seattle

September, 2019 Time: TBD

Stay tuned for a full list of events and book signings in Seattle.

Location: TBD

 
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Book Tour: Portland

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How to Make a Plant Love You — Book Tour: Portland

September, 2019 Time: TBD

Stay tuned for a full list of events and book signings in Seattle.

Location: TBD

 
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Plant Swaps (Nationwide)

June - September, 2019

Stay tuned for Plant Swaps in your area.

Location: TBD

 
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Plant Swaps (Nationwide)

June - September, 2019

Stay tuned for Plant Swaps in your area.

Location: TBD


TESTIMONIALS

"Summer Rayne Oakes led the succulent-planting workshop at the Well+Good and Origins Earth Month celebration, where she insightfully spoke to two consecutive groups of 50 plant lovers about succulents, plant-care, propagation, and more. . .

Oakes patiently listened to questions and responded methodically with straightforward and easy-to-comprehend answers. Guests felt comfortable asking about plants at home with yellowing leaves, funny stalks, and potted plants growing in odd shapes. Oakes enthusiastically answered everyone’s questions for hours. Oakes is eloquent, enthusiastic, professional, and wildly knowledgeable about plants. Everyone left the workshop with a ton of valuable insight and the boosted confidence to care for their indoor plants.” ~ Joann Pan, Assistant Branded Content Editor, Well+Good

"Her presentations are much more than informative; they are electric, passionate and insightful. Each one is fresh, different and tangible. She has a talent for reaching audiences of all ages, but she unmistakably inspires young people the most." ~ John C. Bersia, Special Assistant to the President for Global Perspectives, University of Central Florida

"Extremely articulate and energetic! Her presentation is emotionally moving [and] she delivers just the right mix of humor and information." ~ Jeni Sweatt, Records Management Coordinator, Collective Brands

 

🍂 PAST EVENTS 🍂

December 2016

Lululemon winter dinner succulent garden making!

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

Meditation at the Hanging Gardens via Medi Club. RSVP here

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

A private Meditation + Conversation (for models only) at the Hanging Gardens.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Reserved: A private "Create your own urban jungle indoors" company tour with Hazon.

Saturday, May 15, 2017

Meditation at the Hanging Gardens (7PM-9PM). Tickets here.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Brooklyn Plant Lover Meet-up at the Hanging Gardens (6:30PM-8PM). Please RSVP here.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Chelsea Garden Center x Homestead Brooklyn. Houseplant 101 Workshop, 11AM-12PM at Chelsea Garden Center, Williamsburg.  Tickets here.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Chelsea Garden Center x Homestead Brooklyn. Herbs, Three Ways Workshop, 11AM-12PM at Chelsea Garden Center, Williamsburg.  Tickets here.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Join Homestead Brooklyn in partnership with Ivy.com to do a "Plant & Brunch"

Thursday, June 8, 2017

EcoSessions Sleep - holistic and sustainable strategies for better sleep. "Plants and Sleep" discussion. CocoMat, 49 Mercer Street, New York, NY.  RSVP here with 25% off. 

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Free and open to the public: #PlantPorn — Enjoy a Williamsburg "Garden Tour" and photograph plants in the neighborhood (3PM-5PM) with Homestead Brooklyn and Apple Williamsburg!  247 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211. RSVP here

Monday, June 19, 2017

Panel on Sustainable Living & Health & Wellness with Lauren Singer, Trash is for Tossers; Talia Pollock, Party in my Plants; Summer Rayne Oakes, SugarDetoxMe & Homestead Brooklyn; Phoebe Lapine, The Wellness Project at Package Free Shop. 137 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11249. RSVP here

Thursday, Jul 6, 2017

Join Homestead Brooklyn for a Succulent and Cacti Garden Workshop with the pop-up shop, Package Free Brooklyn. Bring your own planting container. 137 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11249. Tickets here.

Saturday, Jul 29, 2017

Chelsea Garden Center x Homestead Brooklyn. Houseplant 101 Workshop, 11AM-12PM at Chelsea Garden Center, Williamsburg.  

Saturday, Aug 9, 2017

Chelsea Garden Center x Homestead Brooklyn. Houseplant 911: Troubleshooting Houseplants Workshop, 11AM-12PM at Chelsea Garden Center, Williamsburg.  Tickets here.

Wednesday, Aug 23, 2017

Join Homestead Brooklyn for the Become A Houseplant Ninja class with Free People. SoHo, NYC 99 Spring Street. 6 - 8 PM. (Free workshop). 

Sunday, Oct 1, 2017

NYC Plant Swap & Chat. SoHo, NYC 99 Spring Street. 6 - 8 PM. (Free workshop). lululemon Hub Seventeen 114 5th Avenue NY, NY. 

Thursday, Oct 5, 2017

Join Summer Rayne Oakes of Homestead Brooklyn for Living Sustainably in NYC - Networking Happy Hour + Fireside Chat in conjunction with Be Social Change. This is a FREE event, but you'll still need to RSVP.

Friday, Oct 6, 2017

Urban Oases Garden Tour with Homestead Brooklyn x AirBNB. Williamsburg, Brooklyn

A Woman's Role in a Sustainable World 

Tuesday, Mar 27, 2017 

A Woman's Role in a Sustainable World. Longwood University, Jarman Auditorium.

NYC Plant Swap & Chat 2018

Saturday, April 14, 2017 

Our 2nd edition of the Plant Swap!

One Person Can Make a Difference

Monday, April 16, 2018

We all wake up and put on clothes but do we think about how those clothes impact the environment and the people who make them? Keynote talk at East Carolina University. 

How We Wear the World: Sustainability & Fashion

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 | 4:30PM-5:30PM

We all wake up and put on clothes but do we think about how those clothes impact the environment and the people who make them? In this keynote talk, Summer Rayne outlines her career in the world of fashion, how the clothing and textiles industry has improved, and how we can all help shape the future of how we wear the world.  Location: University of Rhode Island, Kingston 

 

Succulent Garden Workshop  

Saturday, April 21, 2018 | 11:00AM - 12:30PM

Succulents have become all the rage—for newbie plant lovers and aficionados alike. Their stand-up-to-neglect attitude, geometric shapes, and unconventional good looks particularly make them a perfect plant. Join Homestead Brooklyn’s Summer Rayne Oakes for the Well+Good & Origins Earth Day Celebration featuring succulent planting, crafting, care tips, propagation and more.  

Location: The Assemblage, 114 E 25th Street, NY, NY

 

The Future of Sustainable Living

Thursday, May 10, 2018 | 6:30PM-9:30PM 

Join us for a networking + panel event with innovators in the sustainability space creating products, services, and platforms to make sustainable living affordable and accessible. From paperless toilet paper to a zero waste grocery store to sustainable cleaning tools for the home, this diverse panel will share their personal narratives, experiences, and values in how they are creating a more sustainable future and help NYC reach its goal to send zero waste to landfills by 2030. 

Location:  Prime Produce, 424 W 54th St NY, NY''

Planting Workshop 

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 | 3:00PM - 4:00PM 

Take a break from the daily grind and get your hands dirty with some planting lessons from Summer Rayne Oakes of Homestead Brooklyn.

Location: Slack Technologies, 436 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10003, USA

Help Build a Chicken Coop & Garden for Los Sures! Part 1 & 2

Saturday, May 12 and 19, 2018 | 11:00AM - 3:00PM 

We're building a hen coop, chicken run, and chicken garden for Kippee and her friends at Los Sures, a non-profit organization that has been dedicated to the welfare of the Williamsburg Brooklyn residents since 1972. Feel free to join us! 

Location: Los Sures, 145 S 3rd Street, Brooklyn, NY 11249

Houseplant 911 (Workshop)

Sunday, May 27, 2018 | 11:00AM - 12:00PM 

Ever bring a plant home and eventually witness its demise only because you couldn't read the warning signs or caught the symptoms too late? Well, the Plant Doctor is in and will help navigate common problems in plants like yellowing leaves, brown tips, decaying roots, insect damage and more. After this class, you'll be more well-versed in plant care — a perfect companion class to Houseplant 101!

Location: Chelsea Garden Center, 87 Havemeyer Street, Brooklyn, NY 11249

Foundermade Forum: The New Nutrition (Panel) 

Monday, June 11, 2018 | 10:20AM - 11:00AM  

Recently we've seen a dramatic shift in the way that consumers view and approach health and nutrition. We've seen brands start to take market share in previous categories that wouldn't have even been considered part of nutrition a few years back. Our panelists will be discussing how their brands are leading this shift and what trends they're seeing in the market. 

Moderator: Summer Rayne Oakes

Panelists: Drew Harrington, Co-founder, Yasso; Diana Trout, Founder and CEO, Health-Ade; and Bill Creelman, Founder & CEO, Spindrift. 

How we Wear the World: Sustainability & Fashion (Keynote)

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 | 5:30PM

Women for Healthy Living Conference. We all wake up and put on clothes but do we think about how those clothes impact the environment and the people who make them? In this keynote talk, Summer Rayne outlines her career in the world of fashion, how the clothing and textiles industry has improved, and how we can all help shape the future of how we wear the world.  

Location: Pittsburgh Golf Club | 5280 Northumberland St, Pittsburgh, PA 15217