To be honest, I don’t particularly like summer in New Orleans. If you think it’s because of the oppressive heat, you’re right. But, as with all the lemons life throws at us, we just need to find as many flavors of lemonade as there are warm days – and preferably lots of ice cubes, too. Luckily for us, lemon trees thrive in New Orleans, so we’ll never run out of lemonade fixins. Meanwhile, over the next few months, we’ll be sipping this lemonade in tree-covered gardens, shaded outdoor living spaces, next to cool and stylish pools, and on breezy porches, all of which are great places to hang out. take refuge from the heat. In this issue, we’ve got a wealth of inspiration and expert advice for creating your own outdoor retreat.

This spring, I finally took the advice of our talented local experts and created my own outdoor oasis, complete with a small vegetable patch and herb garden, some beds for native plants, and a sweet little bath. of birds for our feathered visitors. a sip and a dip. In fact, by adhering to a few guidelines set by Audubon Louisiana, the state chapter of the National Audubon Society, and the National Wildlife Federation affiliated with the Louisiana Wildlife Federation, I even got my little backyard certified as habitat. wildlife. I can attest that it is a great feeling to create something beneficial for your own health and well-being as well as that of the planet and its other inhabitants.

Whether you have a lot or little space, a big budget or a small budget, we hope you find an idea or two in this issue that will make your summer brighter, cooler and more stylish. At the very least, you could plant a lemon tree in a pot or in your garden and have fresh lemonade at all times.


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