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March 2017

For the seventh year in a row, The Secret Garden was voted Best Teahouse in Vancouver, in the Georgia Straight Golden Plate Awards!

 


Recently our beautifully decorated Halloween cookies turned heads at Creators Vancouver! They share photos of some of the lovely (and delicious) creations decorated by our pastry chef Natania:

“‘And the secret garden bloomed and bloomed and every morning revealed new miracles.'”

“The Secret Garden author Frances Hodgson Burnett and her petulant young protagonist, Mary Lennox, might also be intrigued by the miraculous sweets revealed each morning at The Secret Garden Tea Company…”

Read the full article on Creators Vancouver


Vancouver Courier

September 2016

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Recently Kathy and Erin were interviewed by the Vancouver Courier!

They shared about their favourite teas, the time they hosted the Duchess of Cornwall, and stories of some long-time customers:

“…Both Kathy and Erin have created a space for people to slow down. Loyal customers – and there are many – tell them the Secret Garden is their oasis, their refuge. They say it’s a place where you put ‘devices down and pinkies up.'”

 

Click here to read the full article

 


Vancouver Sun

October 2016


Recently Kathy was interviewed by the Vancouver Sun! She shared how her grandfather, a successful construction magnate, gave her business advice from a young age:

“‘One of the things he always said was to set money aside for the hard times,” says Wyder. “He was a child of the Depression but it made such a big impression on me. It’s how we were able to make this move into a bigger space.

‘He also said make sure that you give people quality and treat them well and they’ll come back… I laugh because that was in my 20s and I had other things on my mind. Dinners at Grandpa’s house would always include stories about his construction business that were not only entertaining but rich in wisdom.”

Click here to read the full article

 


Best of Vancouver 2016

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We were honoured to be voted Best Tea House in the Georgia Straight’s Best of Vancouver 2016!

Thank you to everyone who voted for us this year. We’re very grateful for your support!

 


Business in Vancouver

August 2016

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This summer Kathy and Erin were interviewed by Business in Vancouver! They shared some of the lessons they’ve learned through running The Secret Garden, and how important it is to stay focused on customers’ needs.

Click here to read the full article.


Vancouver Magazine: “Must-Try” in Kerrisdale

June 2016

Recently The Secret Garden was featured in Vancouver Magazine’s Neighborhood Guide 2016.

The guide listed The Secret Garden as a “Must-Try” in Kerrisdale:

“This Kerrisdale gem is hardly a secret. Welcomed with open arms by locals since the first cup of tea was poured 20 years ago, The Secret Garden Tea Company is known as a quaint spot to engage in timeless delights, steeped in tradition. It offers a cozy ambience complete with a high tea experience, including dainty house-made treats paired with popular tea blends and served on vintage china. Owners (and sisters-in-law) Erin and Kathy intended to create a space where one is encouraged to unplug and indulge in the simplicity of tea, pastries, and personal connection—phones down, pinkies up.

See original article (PDF)

 


24/604 Visits The Secret Garden

May 2016

Recently Vancouver lifestyle show 24/604 visited The Secret Garden for High Tea:

“It’s a afternoon of treats, conversation, and relaxation that allows us to spoil ourselves in a formal, sophisticated manner that slows things down and adds a little class to the coffee breaks that pass through our daily lives.  High Tea takes that break to the next level, and at The Secret Garden Tea Company in Kerrisdale, you will be able to have a taste experience like no other as you enjoy your time in this idillic boutique setting…”

See full article


 

“Best Spots Afternoon Tea in Vancouver”

April 2016

The Secret Garden was recently named one of the best spots for afternoon tea in Vancouver by VancityBuzz!

“Once you’ve decided to experience high tea at the Secret Garden, your next big choice is going to have to be which of the many teas on their extensive list you’re going to sip on. The Kerrisdale tea house’s signature tea service includes all sorts of sweet and savoury items; don’t fear if you can’t finish them all, they will pack them up to go for you to enjoy later at home.”

 

 


 

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The Secret Garden was voted Best Tea House in the Georgia Straight‘s Best of Vancouver in October 2015. Many thanks to everyone who voted for us!

 


“5 Dainty Places for Afternoon Tea”

Recently the Secret Garden was featured in the Georgia Straight‘s article 5 Dainty Places to find Afternoon Tea in Vancouver:

“Delectable house-made miniature sweets, scones, and a variety of blended teas served on delicate china. Enjoy a delightful afternoon in this cozy and charming tea shop in Arbutus Ridge.”

We’ve been sharing experience of afternoon tea for 20 years, and would love to host you soon!

Read the full article


“Hidden Gems of Vancouver” by Shaw TV

January 2016

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January 2016

Shaw TV recently visited The Secret Garden in their feature “Hidden Gems of Vancouver.”

In this clip, Erin shares the story behind how The Secret Garden got started 20 years ago, and Shaw TV host Bianca Solterbeck meets some of our long-time customers:

 

In this clip, Bianca samples the Garden’s signature High Tea Service and Creamy Earl Grey tea:

Click here for the full 20-minute feature “Hidden Gems of Vancouver”


 

“Best Warm Treats” list by This is Populist

December 2015

The Secret Garden was featured by This is Populist as one of the top spots in Vancouver for warm treats.

“Wanna know a secret? The best holiday tea can be found at The Secret Garden in Kerrisdale! The Christmas Blend Tea is the 25th in a cup. All of the things that make you feel warm and homey, with an added kick!”


 

Vancouver Observer – “Why we love Kerrisdale”

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September 2015

“Jennifer Hungerford and her seven-year-old daughter Victoria are the unofficial ‘tea party tourists’ of Kerrisdale. It’s a tradition they started when Victoria was three, and since then they’ve had tea parties all over the neighbourhood.

“’She’s big into tea,’ Jennifer says with a smile as her daughter picks a peach and pistachio frangipane tart from the three-tiered tray in front of them. Today they’ve chosen the Secret Garden Tea Company on West Boulevard, their favourite local tea party purlieu.

“’My grandmother was English and we had tea every Sunday when we visited,’ she explains. ‘It’s something we don’t really do at home ceremoniously like she would do, but when we come here it sort of feels like what she would normally have.’

This is why people love Kerrisdale so much, I realize, turning my attention back to my own pot of steaming vanilla rooibos. There’s something here for everybody that reminds them of home and heritage…”

Read the full article by Vancouver Observer


 

Foursquare – Best Places for Earl Grey in Vancouver

August 2015

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Secret Garden was listed as the #1 place for the Best Earl Grey in Vancouver by Foursquare! Here are some of our customer reviews on Foursquare:

“Try the creamy earl grey! Best tea in the house.”

“Try the creamy earl grey <3″

“Our favourite spot for high-tea with the ladies. Ask for the classic Creamy Earl Grey (with a hint of vanilla) and extra Devon cream for your pastries.”

Have you tried our famous Creamy Earl Grey?

Read the article on Foursquare

 


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High Tea Time, High Me Time!

September 2015

“We have found the perfect escape for a little “me” time! High Tea at the Secret Garden Tea Company is the perfect way to spend an afternoon removed from the hustle and bustle of daily life.

http://www.yoyomama.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/IMG_5710-768x1024.jpg“We enjoyed our High Tea with our 8 year old daughter, who was positively over-the-moon to be partaking in such sophistication! High Tea at the Secret Garden Tea Company is a truly special experience, that absolutely anyone in any age group, will enjoy.

“The Secret Garden Tea Company is conveniently located in Kerrisdale Village. Why not make a day of it!? With many fantastic shops for mamas and kiddos nearby, including Hills of Kerrisdale and Isola Bella, a perfect afternoon would include some shopping, a mommy-daughter mani-pedi at The Pure Nail Bar and High Tea at the Secret Garden Tea Company…”

Click here to read the full article

 


 

Vancity Buzz

Best tea houses in Vancouver, August 2015

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“With a vast amount of teas on offer, a range of homemade miniature sweets and scones, and an inviting atmosphere, The Secret Garden Tea Company is the perfect place to enjoy a spot of tea with friends. Choose from a variety of specially blended teas, like the vanilla almond black tea, served steaming hot in a teapot with a teacup and saucer.”

Click here to read full article


 

Vancouver Baristas

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“July’s high tea menu [at The Secret Garden] elevates a ho-hum day into an indulgent one.”

Click here to read the full review


Vancouver Homes Names Secret Garden One of Vancouver’s Best Teashops

June 2015

“The Secret Garden Tea Company offers plenty of in-house options, including a high tea service complete with finger foods (including tiny sandwiches) and desserts. Do yourself a favour and arrive early; this will give you time to browse the Secret Garden’s selection of loose leaf teas, over-the-counter goods, tea pots, gift items, and more.”

Read full article


Creators Vancouver

April 2015

We were thrilled to have Lysanne our head pastry chef featured on Creators Vancouver! The website celebrates professional artists and creators around the city.

In her interview Lysanne shares about her passion for her work at The Secret Garden. Our High Tea menus, such as the ones we introduce above, are particularly challenging and fun. Lysanne explained, “High tea is where I get to create a lot. I try to do new recipes every time; it can be difficult.”

Lysanne is a true artist, and and her creations are as delicious as they are beautiful. We hope you’ll get a chance to try them at the Garden!


Beyond the Dough

March 2015

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Local pastry chef Jeanette LeBlanc gives a lovely review of Secret Garden’s High Tea, saying,

“We had such good conversation flowing that the time passed quickly, but we did not feel rushed either. I would definitely return for another experience here, and I would happily gift this experience too.  If you haven’t been to the Secret Garden Tea Company, yet, you must go.”

Click here to read the full review


Darpan Magazine

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Secret Garden was featured in the June 2014 edition of Traditions Magazine by Darpan, as the perfect place for a bachelorette party:

“The Secret Garden Tea Company is a local favourite, located in Vancouver’s Kerrisdale neighbourhood. The warm, cozy atmosphere, delicious tea and delicate tea cups provide a beautiful setting for the ultimate girlfriend bonding experience. One of the owners, Kathy Wyder, says many bridal showers are conducted on site. You can bring your own décor and request your favourite tea blends to make your shower perfect. But if having a shower on site is not your “cup of tea,” The Secret Garden offers a “High Tea to Go” package with tea and a set menu of sweet and savory treats, so you can surprise the bride with a lovely tea party picnic, including the aunties and grandmothers, before the real bachelorette partying begins!”


Visual Heart

November 2014

“The Perfect Earl Grey Tea”

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Graphic designer and blogger VisualHeart calls our Creamy Earl Grey the perfect Earl Grey:

“I’m sharing a secret. I love Earl Grey tea and for years I thought I was enjoying a good cup, but then I went to a bridal shower at a local tea shop and discovered the most amazing Earl Grey tea on the planet. I’m not even exaggerating, it’s really that good.

“The tea is from The Secret Garden Tea Company in Vancouver, British Columbia. It’s loose tea and when you poke your nose into the container to smell it, it’s magical and creamy. Blends of citrus and vanilla, perfect on it’s own or with a dash of cream and sugar.

“I love it on it’s own because the aroma is so perfect.”


Sororitea Sisters

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The Sororitea Sisters tea blog reviewed a number of our teas:

Provence Rooibos – “This is a really lovely melody of flavors.  I like the way the floral notes of lavender and rose contrast with the earthy and nutty flavors of the rooibos and the sweet-tart berry notes of elderberry and blueberry.”

Mango Green Tea – “The mango is sweet and has a flavor that reminds me of fresh mango.  It has a very authentic fruit flavor.”

Secret Garden’s Secret Black Tea – “It’s really quite a delicious and a fun tea to drink.  I’m really glad I tried this one!”

Vanilla Almond Black Tea – “This is so smooth from start to finish.  It starts out smooth and creamy, I pick up on the vanilla immediately.  As the sip progresses, I notice the almond and the sweet, nutty flavor accentuates the creamy, sweet vanilla tones beautifully.  These two flavors were made for one another!”

Avalon Blend Black Tea –   “This is the first tea that I’ve tried from The Secret Garden and I think we’re off to a good start with this blend.  [A] really pleasant twist on an Earl Grey Creme!”


C’est la vie a Maggie (blog)

June 2014

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Food blogger Maggie Mei reviewed our High Tea and other menu items, saying:

“Located in a lovely area with abundant parking, this is an easy destination for a get together with friends , or as an afternoon snack stop by yourself. They offer everything you imagine tea to be: a peaceful setting, based on the other patrons seated; a warm friendly environment cultivated by inviting and accommodating staff; and delectable nibbles, each deserving of its own feature. And if you think high tea will not enough food for you they also offer a heartier breakfast and a more fulsome lunch. From soups and salads, to stews and pot pies. Don’t deny your cravings.”

Read the full review here


District Local

June 2014

“5 Non-Boozy Drinks You Must Try”

District Local Vancouver recently mentioned Secret Garden’s Creamy Earl Grey tea in an article  saying:

“A floral butterscotch candy came to life in the form of a cup of tea, and it is heavenly.”

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Global News

June 2014

“Miracle Weekend Helps Raise $200 Million for BC Children’s Hospital”

The Secret Garden has been a long-time supporter of BC Children’s Hospital. Recently we had the pleasure of hosting one cancer patient and her parents for Miracle Weekend, an event which has helped raise over $200 million for BC Children’s Hospital since 1988. This video shares more about the family’s visit to Secret Garden.

Proceeds from our black tea blend, Children’s Hospital Vanilla, also go to BC Children’s Hospital. You can purchase this tea, a playful blend of baby rosebuds, vanilla, and bergamot, at our store or in our Online Shop.


Vancity Buzz

May 2014

“Best High Tea in Vancouver”

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Vancity Buzz has nothing but praise for The Secret Garden:

“Once you’ve decided to experience high tea at the Secret Garden, your next big choice is going to have to be which of the many teas on their extensive list you’re going to sip on. The Kerrisdale tea house’s signature tea service includes all sorts of sweet and savoury items; don’t fear if you can’t finish them all, they will pack them up to go for you to enjoy later at home.”


 

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