The Magical Thing That Happened When This New Yorker Kept Buying Houseplants

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Want to see the coolest proof that you can spark big changes with just one small thing? Step inside the New York apartment of Summer Rayne Oakes and her rescue chicken, Kippee. The environmentalist's life literally turned a new leaf with a single houseplant, transforming her 1,200-square-foot home into a lush oasis in the middle of the city.

Now, between volunteering in community gardens and organizing local plant swaps, the entrepreneur educates thousands of likeminded and inspired nature lovers on Homestead Brooklyn, which she founded way before the houseplant craze took over social media. (Really, check your feed—if you love plants, too, chances are you're already following Summer.)

"In the work I do and the way I live my life," she tells mbg, "I just want people to see that they can create the space they want to live in, not just within their homes but in their greater environment—and do one small thing to get closer to it every day." Because even an apartment with over 750 houseplants had to start with one. 

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