The Secret Garden was recently featured in the Kerrisdale Insider:
Mention Secret Garden Tea Company and an instant calm washes over people. They remark how much they love the tearoom and quickly follow with “We should go for tea together!”
In October 1995 the original Secret Garden Tea Company opened on West Boulevard. It was cozy and quaint and introduced many Vancouverites to the pleasure of high tea. Sister-in-laws Erin and Kathy Wyder are the owners; both were practically weaned on tea by their grandmothers.
“People crave a little beauty in their lives. I love that Secret Garden has become that place where people can slow down and connect with others.” – Kathy Wyder
And what a beautiful light and airy space it is. The moment you walk in the door you feel at home. The signature Secret Garden colour scheme remains (yellow, green, with accents of white and blue) which evokes memories of the former location, yet this is a fresh space and has a wow factor all its own. The square footage has increased dramatically; it is two thirds larger and seats 86 guests (as opposed to 40 previously).
…Testimonials for Secret Garden abound. Common themes include valuing time spent as a group celebrating an occasion such as an anniversary, birthday, bridal or baby shower, or an engagement. It’s also a place to spend one-on-one time with a friend, sister, daughter, mother, grandmother or husband.
What it boils down to is a visit to Secret Garden offers an opportunity to slow down and be present with others, away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Tea anyone?