Woman Use 500 Lush Plants To Turn Her Brooklyn Apartment Into Indoor Jungle

February 16, 2017

Summer Rayne Oakes lives in an urban jungle, and I mean that literally. Because the environmental scientist( and plant whisperer. And bug collector. And model) has managed to cram her 1,200 square-foot apartment in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, with 500 different plants ranging from herbs and flowers to fruit and vegetables.

“I think that the only route I’ve really been able to survive in New York is by surrounding myself with plants, ” Oakes told Modern Farmer. And as you can see, she’s done only that. Every room in her apartment overflows with verdant foliage; her bedroom contains a living wall connected to an irrigation system; she hangs jars and pots from makeshift platforms made from timbers and plywood; her bathroom is home to various succulents that live in a tray on her cistern, and the windowsills are host to several miniature greenhouses that contain more “light-necessary” plants such as herbs. She even has an entire vegetable garden growing in her closet! Insure for yourself in the pictures below.

“When my roommate moved out virtually six years ago it took me a couple of months to recognize that I could construct the place my own, ” Summer told Bored Panda

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“The first thing I did was go out and get a plant”

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“The first one I got was a Ficus lyrata( Fiddleleaf fig) that was around 1 meter tall. Now it’s probably around 4.5 meters”

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“When my daddy retired, we decided to build our first DIY project together–a mason jar plant garden”

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“As I moved more in matters of sustainable food systems, it seemed natural to have an herb and vegetable garden”

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“I don’t have any land, so I decided to convert my closet into a kitchen grow garden”

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“When I introduced food plants into my home, I started to attract more pesky glitches, so I’ve introduced some beneficial insects which have been…keeping noshing plant insects at bay”

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“I think that the only route I’ve really been able to survive in New York is by surrounding myself with plants”

Image credits: Erin Kestenbaum

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