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Temporary Closure due to COVID-19 Crisis

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Hello from the Secret Garden,

Starting March 19, 2020, we are temporarily closing our doors due to the coronavirus epidemic. It was a difficult decision, but the safety of our staff and customers are top priority. Here is a brief video message to you from Erin and Kathy:

We will be putting out daily messages, so please join our community on Facebook and Instagram to stay connected and support each other through these turbulent times.

Small businesses are really suffering right now, but you can help support your community by shopping online. We are offering a limited time sale on in-store Gift Certificates, so you can save up to $30 on future visits.

You can also still purchase our teas online, to be delivered straight to your doorstep. Now more than ever we can use a simple ritual to help us pause, breathe and gain perspective on the stresses we are facing!

The Secret Garden has been a gathering place for over 20 years, and we are so grateful for your support of our small family-owned business. We look forward to opening our doors to you again in the near future. Let’s get through this together!

Warmly,
Kathy and Erin
Co-owners of The Secret Garden

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Steel Magnolias in Vancouver

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Secret Garden server Jaime Piercy (pictured bottom right) will be starring in Steel Magnolias

One of our wonderful servers, Jaime Piercy, has been a performer since age 8. She is now co-producing and starring in the play Steel Magnolias at The Nest on Granville Island, February 14-March 8.

Jaime and her colleagues actually decided to produce this play while meeting over tea at The Secret Garden! Steel Magnolias is a heart-warming story of female resilience and the relationships women form to help each other through life.

You can enjoy $5 off each ticket purchase by using discount code SECRET. Join them for opening night on 2/14 and receive a glass of champagne, a rose, and your choice of chocolate or cupcake!

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Special Event: Women Aging Well – 2/26/20

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Please note: This event has now sold out! To be put on a waiting list in case of openings, please contact [email protected] 

The Secret Garden is excited to host a special after-hours evening event in partnership with the BC Women’s Health Foundation! This event will celebrate women’s health and share tips for prioritizing and advocating for women’s health as we age.

Kathy and Erin both had their kids at BC Women’s Hospital, so it’s a place that’s close to their hearts. Come, connect with others, and celebrate women’s health:

Special Event: Women Aging Well

An event in partnership with the BC Women’s Health Foundation

Wednesday, February 26, 2020
7-9pm at The Secret Garden

$85 per person

100% of ticket sales and funds raised by this event will benefit the BC Women’s Health Foundation.

Please note: This event has now sold out! To be put on a waiting list in case of openings, please contact [email protected] 

 

guest speakers

At Women Aging Well you’ll hear from two fantastic guest speakers:

Dr. Liisa Galea, a Professor of Psychology, Director of the Graduate Program in Neuroscience, and Scientific Advisor at Women’s Health Research Institute at UBC. As the evening’s primary speaker, she will share the impact that stress and age can have on the female brain, the development of diseases such as Alzheimer’s, and what you can do to keep your brain healthy.

Genesa Greening, President + CEO of BC Women’s Health Foundation. As the moderator of the evening’s discussion, she will provide her own advice and experience on aging with resilience in the face of chronic pain and an inequitable health care system.

You’ll be treated to a wide array of Secret Garden treats including savouries, desserts, tea, and sparkling wine. You’ll also receive a Secret Garden surprise goodie to take home.

Last year this special event sold out, so we recommend buying your tickets soon. We hope to see you there!

Please note: This event has now sold out! To be put on a waiting list in case of openings, please contact [email protected] 

Sparkling wine at The Secret Garden

Featured Artist: Jennifer Lamb

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Artwork by Jennifer Lamb

The Secret Garden regularly features works by local artists. This month we are showcasing photography by Jennifer Lamb, a Secret Garden customer and Kerrisdale resident for over 35 years.

Observing the world with camera in hand, she is fuelled by curiosity, delighted by discovery and inspired by beauty. Jennifer hopes her abstract and bird images will provide a serene backdrop for many enjoyable conversations over tea at the Secret Garden!

See more work by Jennifer Lamb

 

Giving Back

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High Tea at Vancouver Women's Health Collective

The holidays are the perfect time to reflect on the blessings in our lives and pay it forward a little bit. This month we partnered with the Vancouver Women’s Health Collective to host a free Holiday High Tea for women in the Downtown Eastside! It was a special night filled with tea, treats and music.

If you’re looking for a nonprofit to support this season, a few other favourites of ours include the Avalon Recovery Society, Union Gospel Mission, Looking Glass Foundation, and BC SPCA.

Wishing you a wonderful holiday season!

 

Giveaway: Win FREE High Tea To Go for 2! Contest ends 11/5/19

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Afternoon tea set at The Secret Garden Tea Company

This month, you can win free High Tea To Go for you and a friend! Here’s how to enter the drawing:

1. Visit us on Facebook or Instagram, and
2. Answer this question: What is one intention you’d like to set for the season? 

This question is something we’ve discussed in our Women’s Brunch events, and it always inspires conversation! It can really help to pause and set an intention for the coming weeks.

On 11/6/19 we’ll enter all participants into a drawing to win a Free High Tea To Go for 2. You can also print out our Women’s Brunch Intention Card here, as a visual reminder. We look forward to hearing from you!

Cookies for a Cause: The Looking Glass Foundation

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looking glass cookies to benefit the Looking Glass Foundation

Each month we hold special events to raise money for a different charity. This month, we’re raising funds for the Looking Glass Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to providing care and education for young people with eating disorders.

Stay tuned for more information on our upcoming events, and stop by our shop to purchase one of these beautiful Looking Glass cookies, crafted by our pastry chef Lysanne. Proceeds from each cookie will benefit the Looking Glass Foundation!

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Lavender High Tea in Chilliwack: July 11th

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Lavender High Tea in Chilliwack

The Secret Garden is excited to host a very special pop-up High Tea event in the lavender fields of Chilliwack!

High Tea in the Lavender Fields

When: Thursday, July 11th, 2019, 6-9pm

Where: Greendale Lavender Company in Chilliwack

 

Enjoy the fragrant lavender field in full bloom while you watch the sunset over the mountains and savour our premier High Tea service: three tiers of gourmet sweets, savouries, sparkling wine – and of course, tea!

Tickets are limited, so reserve your spot today!