A long-time Secret Garden customer recently shared some of her favourite teatime memories:
Judith has been a Secret Garden customer since the very beginning. Soon after the Secret Garden opened, her family developed a multi-generational tradition of meeting for lunch at the Garden every Saturday. As Judith’s mother became older and less mobile, this Saturday gathering with children and grandchildren became a very special highlight in her week.
Judith’s family also took their new-found love of High Tea abroad. While traveling in London they visited many well-known spots for tea, including Fortnum and Mason, The Dorchester, and Brown’s Hotel. While each tea was delightful, in the end they decided they actually preferred Secret Garden’s High Tea over the more traditional British High Teas!
“The Secret Garden continues to play an important role in our family life,” Judith explained. “We always attend special occasions including Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and Mother’s Day. Everyone in the family has their favourite pastry!”
Local event planner Kristina at The Swank Social recently visited The Secret Garden for High Tea with her girlfriends. She wrote a review on her blog, sharing,
“The girls and I had the most relaxing time catching up, while slowly sipping on our teas and enjoying our savoury and sweet petit fours. I can’t even tell you how great it felt to be able to sit back and connect with my girlfriends for a couple hours (or maybe three) without having to tend to requests from my little ones.
“Okay, and don’t get me started on the high tea menu. As if the mini sandwiches and confections weren’t cute enough, believe me when I say they taste even better than they look.”
Read the full review by The Swank Social
Tea is timeless. Recently three generations of tea drinkers enjoyed High Tea at the Secret Garden:
Dorothy (Grandma), Anne (mum), and Kenyon (11 years old) dressed up with fascinators to enjoy their day out for spring High Tea!
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Many years ago The Secret Garden served High Tea To Go and and other Treats To Go to the Duchess of Cornwall Camilla Parker Bowles, when she visited the VanDusen Botanical Garden. The Duchess liked our treats so much she asked for a “snack pack” to take on the plane!
Hear more about this story and learn about our High Tea To Go in this feature by Global News:
As we prepare for our move we’d like to honour all the people who make Secret Garden possible. This week we’d like to thank our long-time customers for supporting us all these years!
Recently customers Lorraine, Connie, and Catherine visited for their last High Tea in our current location. They said they can hardly wait to enjoy High Tea in the new space!
Oregon-based mystery writer Angela Pepper is a fan of the Secret Garden. She even mentions our popular Creamy Earl Grey tea in some of her novels!
“The Secret Garden Tea Company is one of my favourite places in Vancouver,” Angela explained. “It’s where I take my sweetest friends for tea.”
Angela’s humorous mystery novels go perfectly with a big pot of Creamy Earl Grey. Visit her website or browse her books on Amazon.ca to learn more.
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Here are a few sweet notes from guests of all ages:
…and one of our favourites:
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One of our customers, Angela H., loves our Kambaa Black Tea from Kenya. She takes her tea with her everywhere she goes!
In the photos above, Angela is posing with her Kambaa tea in Margaret River, Western Australia (left) and Arundel, Queensland (right).
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A Secret Garden customer recently shared this lovely story of his mother:
“As you walk by the Secret Garden at noon, you might see Audray at the left window table enjoying a wonderful High Tea.
“She’ll be with one of her daughters or even her son who visits twice a year from Ireland. We call this particular table ‘our table’ because we have always been able to reserve it 3-4 times a year for the past 10 years.
“Audray has been taken to other high teas, but nothing compares to the Secret Garden. At 95, she is a very independent lady. She grew up in Shaughnessy and has lived in Vancouver for most of her life. Kerrisdale is one of her favourite Vancouver haunts, so it’s natural that she would want to visit the Secret Garden.
“It’s quite usual to see a mother with her young well-behaved daughter having a High Tea as a treat. It reminds Audray of having a similar special day with her mother at the Empress in Victoria!”
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Some friendships are timeless duos, like salt and pepper, peanut butter and jelly, tea and cookies! Tea and friendship also go together well, since tea is the perfect excuse to catch up and share some time together.
A while back we featured the story of tea friends Patti & Brenda. These best friends recently reunited over High Tea! Patti said, “When [Brenda] came to Vancouver, we headed to my favourite tea spot…The Secret Garden. It is now Brenda’s favourite too!”