With Thanksgiving just around the corner, now is a great time to steep a pot of tea and take a few minutes to reflect on the many blessings in our lives. Join us in cultivating an attitude of gratitude this month!
If you enjoy gardening, you’re sure to love the many beautiful butterflies that flit and fly through the gardens and parks around Vancouver. Butterflies are an important part of our ecosystem, pollinating plants, eating weeds and providing food for other birds and animals in the region.
Sadly, butterfly populations have been on the decline in recent years. In Canada Monarch butterfly populations declined by 90 percent in 2017 compared to historical averages! Some good news is that due to efforts of many regions, Monarch butterflies made a comeback in 2018, but butterfly populations worldwide have still been in severe decline. Reasons may include pesticides, loss of habitat, and droughts caused by climate change.
This article by DIY Garden offers some great tips for how to help butterflies in your neighbourhood. Check it out and learn why butterflies are so important, and how we can help save them!
You might have heard about the Squamish Gondola being closed because the line was severed by vandals. Our heart goes out to those in Squamish and the many employees who lost their jobs!
The photo above is a throwback to when we took our High Tea To Go up the Squamish gondola to enjoy tea with a view. You can still enjoy a fun day out with family and friends with our Treats by the Dozen and High Tea To Go.
The Secret Garden is happy to offer a completely Gluten Free High Tea at our Vancouver teahouse! We do our best to accommodate dietery needs, and many of our customers love our gluten free offerings, including our famous three-tiered tower of treats. We also recently launched a Vegan High Tea which guests are raving about!
Our High Tea menu changes every two months to feature seasonal delicacies and new sweets. We like to keep things fresh and interesting, so you’ll never experience the same menu twice! However, High Tea always features a decadent selection of sweets, mouthwatering savouries, a fluffy fruit scone, and petit cheddar cheese scone.
Click here to see the current menu, and reserve your table today!
On the sweets tier, our current High Tea features Dark Chocolate Coconut Mousse Cake, an Orange Raspberry Macaroon, and English Breakfast Chocolate Chai Meringue.
The middle tier features a Cheddar Cheese and Chive Scone, and a Petit Cranberry Scone with Raspberry Jam and Devonshire Cream.
The bottom tier of savouries currently feature Walnut & Dill Chicken Salad on Petit Cheddar Cornbread Muffins, Secret Garden Egg Salad on Rosemary Crackers, and Lemon Mint Cucumber Sandwiches on Housemade Buttermilk Biscuits.
Everything is served on a three tiered tray, and comes with a pot of Secret Garden Tea (your choice of flavors). It’s the ultimate tea experience!
**Please note that our gluten free items are not prepared in a gluten-free environment.
We also sell a variety of freshly made gluten free pastries, available daily in-store. Our Gluten Free pastries and sandwiches are also available to order by the dozen for business events, at-home tea parties, showers and other catering events and occasions.
“The people who give you their food give you their heart.” – Cesar Chavez
We put our heart into everything we offer to guests here at the Garden. Pictured above is Paula, our newest kitchen staff. Her favourite Secret Garden treat is our mini lemon tart!
If you’re interested in joining the Secret Garden team, click here to learn more.
Berry season is almost here! If you’re in the mood for fresh, juicy berries, you’re sure to love these housemade pastries. All of them are available daily in-store, or you can pre-order them by the dozen for parties and special events:
Our caffeine-free Provence Rooibos is the perfect tea to pair with berry pastries, or fresh berries. We blend sweet, nutty rooibos tea with French lavender, elderberries, blueberries, and rose for a floral infusion with bright berry notes.
Local blogger Keisha at Loving Littles recently enjoyed our Mother’s Day High Tea To Go at the Chilliwack Tulip Festival! She shared,
“I loved how while I sat there I remembered days of being young and pretending to set up my own tea and picnic. Reminiscing and now being able to actually have one as an adult and share that same idea with my daughter was a lot of fun to experience. Seeing her face light up was the best!”
Mother’s Day is coming up soon! If you’re not sure what to get mom, this is the guide for you.
Need a last minute gift? Choose our electronic gift certificates! Your mom will love our popular High Tea For 2 Gift Certificate, or select a dollar amount, good for any in-store purchase. Paper Gift Certificates are also available, and receive free shipping across Canada.
If your mother lives nearby, our Mother’s Day High Tea To Go is the perfect way to celebrate the day! Enjoy a picnic in the park, or a special tea party in the comfort of your own home. Simply pre-order at least 3 days in advance, and pick up your treats on Mother’s Day! You can even rent teaware to complete the tea party.
Sending warm wishes for a wonderful Mother’s Day!
Narcity recently featured The Secret Garden’s new Vegan High Tea in their article “You Can Go To the Most Decadent Vegan High Tea in Vancouver This Spring.” They wrote:
“Their Vegan High Tea has sweets and savouries that give you the full and indulgent experience of high tea with none of the animal products. Add a mimosa or glass of prosecco to your tea for the ultimate treat day!”
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