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Spring has sprung, flowers bloomed, weather is weatherin’, and I’m finna be outside. Like, sunsets are lasting longer than 5:00 p.m.; there’s no reason why I’m not enjoying the fresh air and sunshine. And if you’re like me—aka a girlie who likes chillin’ and relaxin’ outdoors on her patio with a marg in hand—then you know the No.1 way to start summer is to spice up your outdoor space. I’m talking about a colorful three-piece table set, some cutesy plants, and maybe a chic lounge chair or two. Time to turn that Pinterest feed into a real-life amazingly decorated patio, babes.
Now, I know furnishing your place isn’t cheap, even if it’s a space as pint-sized as your patio. Because decorating is expensive!! I said it! Like, I’m still cringing at the memory of my bank account after splurging on that beautiful but oh-so-expensive cloud couch. I didn’t even have enough cash to buy a tall matcha latte from Starbs, RIP 😭. But, from one broke financially-challenged Gen-Zer to another, I know where to find the best deals, sans couches bc they’re my decorative weak spot. You don’t need to search the dark web for an affordable patio set or a daybed because I delivered you this handy dandy list of the 10 best small-space outdoor furniture, coupled with affordable picks and colorful, lightweight pieces. And best of all, all of these 10 outdoor furniture sets are perf for compact spaces! There’s nothing worse than finding a dazzling table set only to discover it doesn’t inside your patio. Been there, done that.
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Sipping a cold drink on a patio, enjoying the August long weekend and visiting the Royal Botanical Gardens are the quintessence of summertime in Hamilton and Burlington.
And now all three are wrapped up in a neat little package.
The RBG is introducing an event called SummerTide for the July 29-Aug. 1 holiday weekend, which it touts as “the most unique outdoorpatio experience in Hamilton.” Over those four days, the rock garden at the venerable nature sanctuary willl offer a wine bar, roaming musicians and light installations during the evening. The event has been dubbed “SummerTide.”
Further information and ticket purchases are available at rbg.ca/summertide. The daytime event, whose admission is covered by the nomral admission fee or a RBG membership, is from 10 a.m. till 6 p.m. on the Saturday and Sunday (July 29-30), and 10 a.m. till 8 p.m. on the holiday Monday.
The evening edition of SummerTide is from 6 till 11 p.m. from July 29 to 31, and requires separate admission. It is also a 19-and-over event.
Royal Botanical Gardens hosts over 2,500 plant species across 2,400 acres of nature sanctuaries, including more than 50 species at risk. It is considered a plant biodiversity hotspot for Canada, and is also part of the Niagara Escarpment World Biosphere Reserve.
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