By Nora Hakramaj @norahakramaj

A MODEL has created an oasis in the middle of New York City by cramming 500 plants into her apartment

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Videographer / Director: Ruaridh Connellan
Producer: Nora Hakramaj, Ruby Coote
Editor: Sonia Estal

Plant collection: Summer Rayne Oakes crammed 500 plants into her home

Self confessed “crazy plant lady” Summer Rayne Oakes decided to turn her Brooklyn apartment into a forest after her roommate moved out six years ago.

Since then she has expanded the collection in her 1,200 square foot apartment and now has more than 150 plant species including a full forest wall, pineapple plants and even a banana tree.

Plant obsessed: she has more than 150 plant species including a full forest wall, pineapple plants and even a banana tree

Summer Rayne said: “It’s hard to walk into a plant shop without wanting to buy a plant.

“I would say that this is a borderline obsession.”

Despite being a successful eco-model the 32-year-old has sacrificed her closet and turned it into a kitchen grow garden for herbs and vegetables.

Eco-model: she grows all her plants in her 1,200 square foot apartment

“I have everything from fiddle focuses - which are fig trees, to a bunch of vegetables, green plants, willows and pothos,” added Summer.

“I can probably say so many different names but only plant lovers will know what they are.”

Maintenance: Summer typically spends $100 a month to grow her plant collection

Summer typically spends $100 a month to grow her plant collection and even has a 150ft water hose that she plugs into her sink to make watering easier.

Garden closest: the 32-year-old has sacrificed her closet and turned it into a kitchen grow garden for herbs and vegetables

Summer added: “It takes me like 30 minutes a day but for me it’s like a moving meditation - caring for my plants and at weekends I spend a little bit more time with them.”

"It takes me like 30 minutes a day but for me it’s like a moving meditation."

She got her first plant six years ago and has not stopped buying them since.

“When my friends and strangers come into my house they don’t say anything at first their jaws just drop,” added Summer.

“When my friends and strangers come into my house they don’t say anything at first their jaws just drop."

“When people come in to the house I like for them to feel that they’re walking through a forest.

Fascination: She got her first plant six years ago and has not stopped buying them since

“My friends would always get wacked in the face with a branch but I was like that’s the point”

The Pennsylvanian native hopes one day to fully homestead from her Brooklyn apartment.

Not stopping: The Pennsylvanian native hopes one day to fully homestead from her Brooklyn apartment

She said: “I would like to carry this on to the future by getting a plot of land in the community garden, continuing gardening and inspiring others to garden.

“I’m going to be like a crazy plant lady when I get older. I’m already the crazy plant lady.”