Summer Rayne Oakes encourages city dwellers to get in touch with nature via her popular blog, Homestead Brooklyn, and her YouTube channel, Plant One on Me. She also has a new book, How to Make a Plant Love You, coming out in July. Here, she shares a few of her favorite New York spots to see some green.
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THE BOTANIC GARDENS
“Two others would be the botanic gardens, both the Brooklyn Botanic Garden (left) and New York Botanical Garden. I grow a lot of indoor plants, and you can see a lot of those plants in the tropical greenhouses. I don’t think I’ve ever gone to the botanic gardens just to go to the grounds. I always check out the conservatories.”
“There are two plant shops in Williamsburg, where I live, that are worth checking out. One is Chelsea Garden Center, which is great for both outdoor and indoor plants. The other is Crest Hardware & Urban Garden Center. They have a great houseplant collectionÂ and back-garden area where you can buy outdoor plants, in case someone has a balcony, backyard or community garden.”
“A really great off-the-beaten track greenhouse is Wave Hill. It’s considered a cultural center in the Bronx, and it’s a great place to travel to. A lot of weddings happen there. They have public horticultural gardens that are really charming and beautiful.”
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