As the days grow longer and the surrounds more vibrant, our doors beckon to be opened, drawing us out to bask in the bliss that awaits just beyond them. In this special issue, we’re bringing you the best of two of Southern Lady’s favorite summer pastimes—gardening and porch sitting. In these pages, you’ll find inspiration to ready your porch for its endless possibilities. From lavish seating to creative tabletop vignettes, these sweet escapes prove that oftentimes the greatest getaway is right outside your home. But what would a veranda be without a grand garden view? We’ve packed this issue with expert advice for organizing and decorating your garden spaces with distinctive touches that add unique style. Come sit a spell with us, and enjoy an abundance of gracious outdoor living ideas to prepare your personal retreat for the season.