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April showers do bring May flowers

Photo by Arno Dimmling – Publisher Lori Goodridge-Cribb with Amanda McNulty, host of the SCETV call-in program “Making It Grow.”

Everything in our gardens is rosey this time of year.

Spring has sprung and another successful Heritage is under our belts. May is the month locals get serious about their gardens, so this issue is dedicated to the glory of getting outside to grow and cultivate vegetables, flowers and other plants. It is a personal passion for me because I was once a plant lady. I moved to Hilton Head in 1986 as an art teacher, but there were no jobs at the time, so I became “The Plant Lady” (that’s actually what many clients called me). Duties involved me traveling to hotels, homes and offices to care for plants. I even had a few celebrities as clients (Michael Jordan’s mom was one of them)!

The whole experience taught me a lot about plants. It also helped me appreciate the beauty that surrounds us here in the Lowcountry. While I eventually transitioned my career from plant lady to publisher, tinkering in my garden remains a favorite pastime.

In this issue, you will discover cool gardens, meet local growers, explore a lavender farm, forage for mushrooms and shop for awesome home garden swings and accessories. We have tips and advice for growing a great garden, throwing a garden party and building floral arrangements. We share details on this month’s All Saints Garden Tour, highlight local community gardens, showcase great floral art from local artists and more.

We also have a ton of other great content, including the latest installment of our Local ITK (in the know) series, where we take an unbiased approach to explaining an important topic in our community. This month’s subject is affordable housing and how locals are finding creative ways to deal with the issue. Other highlights include an exclusive interview with famous jewelry designer Kate Lagos, a stunning mother/daughter fashion spread and perfect recipes to make your mom on Mother’s Day.

We hope this issue inspires you to try something new in your gardens and that your flowers bloom all summer long. As always, we appreciate your feedback about LOCAL Life as it helps us grow — so please keep sharing!

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When life gives you lemons

I love my Meyer lemon tree, and so does our team at LOCAL Life! One tree gives me enough lemons for my lemonade, my cooking and to be the hero at the office when I bring in lemon baskets for everyone! Here is a great way to use them.

Meyer Lemon Pasta


1 pound Bucatini pasta

2-3 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoons butter, melted

1 garlic clove, minced

1/4 cup Meyer lemon juice (about
2 Meyer lemons)

1 Meyer lemon, zested

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

1/2 cup ricotta


[1] Boil pasta over high heat until tender, about 8-10 minutes. Drain pasta, reserving 1/2 cup of the cooking liquid. [2] Cook the garlic in the olive oil and butter over low heat for 2 minutes. [3] Put drained pasta in serving dish and add remaining ingredients, including pasta water, if needed. Top with ricotta cheese.