Picnic in the Park

Gariloch hydrangeas dress

Dress: Anthropologie  (sold out, very similar options here and here | Plates: Anthropologie | Bowl: Anthropologie | Sunglasses: Prada | Sandals: J. Crew Factory | Cheese board: Indigo| Towel: Kate Spade | Picnic basket: my moms (thanks momma!)

Gariloch garden gallery 2

One of my favourite places to visit during the summer is Gairloch Gardens in Oakville. When you initially enter Gairloch Gardens, from the parking lot, it seems fairly unassuming, but as you get closer to the lake and catch a view of the flower gardens, gallery, and lake, you realize why this is such a popular spot.

Picnic set up

Gariloch garden boats 2

A couple weeks ago, we packed up a basket, grabbed a blanket, and headed to the gardens for a picnic lunch before heading downtown for the Oakville Jazz Festival. One of the many reasons I love the gardens so much is that you can often find bridal parties taking photos there on the weekends. On this particular day, there were two sets of bridal parties taking photos, one of which asked if they could use our picnic set up.

Park picnic oakville

Gariloch hydrangeas.jpg

For our picnic we did’t want to bring anything too heavy, since it was a very hot and sunny day, so we packed some cheese, meat, and crackers, along with fresh fruits and fresh cupcakes from Hillary’s, from the Milton Farmers Market. It was so nice to sit, relax, and enjoy the view from the shade. We also squeezed in a bit of people watching and cheering on the bridal parties!

Gariloch garden header

garden party dress back detail

I threw on this fun floral printed dress from Anthropologie, which I also wore to my Bridesmaid Brunch. I picked this dress because from the moment I saw it, I  couldn’t get the image of an elegant garden party out of my head. I love finding pieces like this dress, pieces that bring out inspiration, or a new creative idea. Though this picnic wasn’t quite the elegant garden party that the Oakville Gallery is hosting next month, I still loved wearing this and twirling around in the gardens all afternoon.

After our picnic, we packed up and toured around the gardens, and outside of the gallery. I have been here a number of times, and I am always blown away by the beauty of the gardens and landscaping, it’s such a great place to spend a couple hours and enjoy a picnic, or sitting down by the water.

Gariloch garden gallery view

Gariloch garden fountain


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