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Mother and daughter at The Secret Garden Tea Company: Featured in the Kerrisdale Insider

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

Kathy and Erin Wyder, sister in-laws and co-owners of The Secret Garden

Kathy and Erin Wyder, sister in-laws and co-owners of The Secret Garden

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?

Read the full article in the Kerrisdale Insider

The Secret Garden Tea Company in Kerrisdale - featured in the Kerrisdale Insider

Spring Earl Grey Online Sale!

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Secret Garden Earl Grey Sale

For the next two weeks we’re holding a sale on all Earl Grey teas! This sale applies to the Online Store only.

Enjoy 15% off ALL Earl Grey Teas
Online Store Only
Use code: EARL

Sale ends 4/30/18
Sale includes:
It’s the perfect time to find some Mother’s Day gifts, or stock up on your favourite Earl Grey teas!

 

Communi-TEA

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The Secret Garden supports One to One Children's Literacy

The Secret Garden is passionate about supporting local communities. One organization we are proud to support is ONE TO ONE, a free children’s literacy program which helps students throughout the lower mainland improve their reading skills.

Each year The Secret Garden donates sweets, savouries and tea to support ONE TO ONE’s Volunteer Appreciation Tea at the Hycroft Manor. This month 380 volunteer tutors will be honoured for their dedication – many of them for 5, 10 and even 20 years of service!

ONE TO ONE sees volunteering as a way to prevent social isolation which is so common these days. Their program not only helps students thrive, but also bridges generational gaps and fosters community. Visit their website to learn more about becoming a volunteer tutor. They’re also hosting an annual Spelling Bee Fundraiser in May, and are accepting both corporate teams and individual participants!

Learn more about ONE TO ONE

 

 

Tea Memories

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Playing Tea Party with Kids - Tea Memories at The Secret Garden

We asked readers to share their favourite teatime memories. Here are a few of the many heartfelt stories you shared on Instagram!

Playing tea party with my daughter when she was 18 months old and when she turned 5, the tea party became a reality at The Secret Garden. She is now 15 and the tea parties at Secret Garden still continues… one of our favourite bonding time places! ☕️❤️💕👸⭐️

— @loulivewhatyoulove

Taking my boyfriend to High Tea for the first time and watching him eat all the cakes in one bite!! 😍🍰 Everyone enjoys High Tea in their own way 😂

— @makupa

Coming to The Secret Garden with my sister and mother at a very young age. My mom would dress my sister and I up in matching outfits 👭… 🙄 We still come to @secretgardentea some 20 odd years later all together, but these days my sister and I usually wear separate non-matching outfits. Thanks for all the great memories and so many more to come!

— @mandasylvia
 

Do you have a tea story you’d like to share? We’d love to hear from you!

 

 

In the news: Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada

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Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada feature: Canadian Entrepreneurs Engaging with Canada

Recently Erin Wyder, co-owner of The Secret Garden, participated in a feature by the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada addressing Canadian Entrepreneurs Engaging With Asia.

“Usually people look to Asia for tea, yet customers from Asia go to great lengths to get tea from Vancouver’s Secret Garden Tea Company. “We have our own brand of tea,” says Erin Wyder, who owns the company with her sister-in-law, Kathy Wyder. “Some of the blends, we blend in-house. We are also a restaurant that specializes in afternoon tea.”

“Clients from the Asia Pacific are most often introduced to Erin and Kathy’s artfully blended teas while visiting Vancouver, or through gifts from friends returning home from Canada. “We have a very loyal clientele from Asia who will come and visit us,” Erin explains. “Some will purchase 20 bags of tea and take them back on the airplane.” Word spreads and soon others from Asia are ordering their teas online, particularly in the coveted Secret Garden fancy tea tins. Erin and Kathy have also developed a wholesale relationship with the Klondike store in Hong Kong.”

Click here to read the full article

 

Secret Garden tea cozies

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Secret Garden Tea Cozies - Vancouver BC Tea House
“Never trust a man who, when left alone in a room with a tea cozy, doesn’t try it on.”  

— Bill Connoly

Whether you wear your tea cozy like a hat, or simply use it to keep your tea piping hot, tea cozies are the perfect accessory to any tea party! We now offer our blue embroidered tea cozies for sale online. Each one is lovingly handmade by artisans in Victoria.

See our Tea Cozies

 

More Tea Memories

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Tea dates, teatime memories and other stories from The Secret Garden
We asked readers to share their favourite teatime memories. Here are a few of the many heartfelt stories you shared on Instagram!

My spouse and I have a high tea date at least once a month and I cherish it. So many good memories!

— @lv5bulbasaur

My favourite tea time is going with my mum and dad for my mum’s birthday. It was so cute to see my dad drinking tea, and eating the dainty treats 🙊

— @amowiel

Not only is your high tea a tradition for my best girl and I whenever our birthdays roll around, but I recently had my bridal shower at Secret Garden with my closest loves ❤ there’s no better place to par-tea and sip all your anxie-teas away! ☕

— @travellustre

Do you have a tea story you’d like to share? We’d love to hear from you!

Tea Memories

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We asked readers to share their favourite teatime memories. Here are a few of the many heartfelt stories you shared on Instagram!

“My favorite memory is having High Tea with my mom when we first moved to Vancouver. It was something for just her and I to experience together and made us feel so fancy! It created the best bonding time and we still love to indulge whenever she visits xoxo”

 @follyoco

“My favourite teatime memory is taking my giant of a brother and brother-in-law, with my sister, to Secret Garden, and teaching them teatime is not just for girls who like lace! They thoroughly enjoyed the treats and I thoroughly enjoyed saying “I told you so” 😏

 @jw6393

“So many great memories, but the recent one was one of the best! Had the opportunity to share with my best friend that I am expecting! 😊”

 @yana_saf

Do you have a tea story you’d like to share? We’d love to hear from you!