Press Release (ePRNews.com) - BROOKLYN, N.Y. - Feb 13, 2018 - Summer Rayne Oakes, a Brooklyn resident, author and founder of the blog, HomesteadBrooklyn.com, has announced the launch of a Kickstarter campaign for How to Make a Plant Love You: Houseplant Masterclass (http://kck.st/2G7dnbj), an online audio-visual course and experience to help people demystify plant care and learn how to have a relationship with their plants.
Oakes launched her blog, HomesteadBrooklyn.com, Instagram account @homesteadbrooklyn, and her respective weekly video series on YouTube called “Plant One On Me” in February 2017 soon after her home went viral due to people’s interest in her copious houseplants.
“I didn’t expect the outpouring of interest,” said Oakes, “nor the myriad questions that I was getting across the world about plant care.” Oakes began giving plant workshops in New York, partnered with AirBNB to provide indoor-outdoor plant tours, and also launched her web series and blog to cater to people’s growing fascination and interest in plant care. “This enthusiasm was very heartening, as I feel it’s a way to reconnect people back to nature, which is my core mission in life,” she said.
“The logical next step was an online course,” she said. “There is a ton of wonderful houseplant information online, but much of it exists in disparate places, and very few if any houseplant courses actually exist online, so I wanted to bring that knowledge all in one place in an engaging, fun, modern way.”
“The interest in houseplants has never been higher both in the burgeoning urban centers and among gardeners with larger properties in the suburbs,” says Jim Peterson, Publisher of Garden Design magazine. Summer Rayne’s background in environmental science, plant knowledge, btjhu and personal experience in her living laboratory of plants (her apartment) make her the perfect instructor for this online masterclass.”
The course, which is up on Kickstarter now, will feature text, audio and visual, and use cutting-edge illustration and animation to convey more complex topics. Oakes, though she is not quite finished with writing the course, sees the Houseplant Masterclass as being 3 chapters with 5-20 subsections apiece.
Supporters who pledge on Kickstarter can get an “early bird” special on the course, as well as a number of other plant-related prizes, including indoor organic liquid fertilizers by Espoma; unique houseplants by Steve’s Leaves; hand-crafted bowls and bracelets made out of noble hardwoods from the Mezimbite Forest Centre in Mozambique; as well as an opportunity for Summer Rayne to speak or give workshops worldwide.
The Kickstarter campaign runs until March 2nd and can be found here: http://kck.st/2G7dnbj