Vancouver is well known for its mild seasons and gorgeous scenery. Summer is no exception, and thankfully you don’t need to get out of the city to enjoy our greenery. One of Diane’s favourite new tranquil spots in Vancouver is only a few minutes away from our offices and offers peaceful respite. A happy bonus as well, it is far less busy than (and just as beautiful as) the tourist must-see, Dr. Sun Yat Sen Gardens.
Hidden away in plain site at Hastings Park Conservatory, you’d never know it’s located along a busy main road!
Completed in 1993, The Park Board concurred with the PNE (a local non-profit organization that hosts our annual 17 day summer festival) and the Japanese-Canadian community to create the garden. It would end up representing the first step in Hastings Park’s transformation into the public green space that it is now.
With such a (not-so) hidden gem readily available to us, Diane and our media team decided to go for a quick stroll one sunny afternoon and take some pictures.
Serendipitously, while we were walking around, we noticed a very familiar flower…
Anyone who owns a Diane Kennedy item, knows our hangtags feature lovely artwork of this delicate flower! Aptly named the Pink Japanese Anenome, this gorgeous botanical is a Summer to Fall perennial; perfect for your own garden, if you have the space. This beauty likes to spread out. Just a little handy tip!
With Mother Nature showing off her colours, Momiji-style, Diane decided to show off her own with this darling summer outfit.
Diane designed our Downtown Tunic with a shorter length than some of our other tunics (with a shoulder to hem measurement of 26.5″), making it the perfect top for Petites to layer underneath our ever versatile Recharge Vest.
Pair it with another favourite, our popular Deck Tights, and you’ve got an outfit that flatters all statures. They look gorgeous with a great pair of heels! Diane loves wearing them with her blue-hued “Hopeful Flourish” shoes from Fluevog.
With practicality in mind, we also love this outfit because it’s a great look for transitioning into Fall (which is still thankfully at least couple months away). The thermal regulating, hypo-allergenic properties of our signature bamboo fabric will keep you comfortable as summer heats up, while our designs also allow for lots of layering and coverage, as it gets cooler as well.
We hope you enjoyed this little photowalk! It’s wonderful to be able to step outside and be so inspired by the beauty of your city. Don’t you agree?