Shirley Smith and Kathy Wyder
Shirley Smith is a long-time friend of the Secret Garden. She is very skilled at sewing, fixing pillows at our old shop and making a green stuffed kitty cat that kids have enjoyed at the Garden for over 20 years!
You can still admire Shirley’s work at our store. Her kitty tea cozy and three plush cats watch over our shop every day!
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Long-time customer Wendy Jarvis and her quilting group, at the old Secret Garden shop
Wendy Jarvis has been coming to The Secret Garden for close to twenty years. She first stumbled upon our place when out for a walk in Kerrisdale with her mother-in-law who was visiting from Toronto and they stopped in for soup and she said she remembers the lovely lunch and connection they had that day.
Over the years, The Garden became her quiet place, where she sought solitude and a few moments away from the busy life of raising her five kids and all the “bungee drives” as she called them – driving the kids to and from school and all of their various extracurriculars.
“It was kind of like a little refuge I found. I considered Secret Garden kind of like my little away time,” she said. She would come and read the paper, write letters or just sit with a cup of tea.
During a home renovation, The Garden became her office and she was here every day for a week. Now, she comes in for a pot of tea and an omelette or scone to reward herself for getting a bunch of errands done.
It’s also a regular gathering spot for her quilting group and they just celebrated one of the members’ 80th birthday here at The Garden.
“For me tea is a ritual,” she says, “the tea cozy, the china, the sugar bowl.”
Wendy says she’s met some great friends through The Garden over the years, other “frequent flyers” as she calls them, and we know we look forward to seeing her every time she comes in as well!
Do you have a Secret Garden story you’d like to share? We’d love to hear from you!
“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.
“Tea is quiet and our thirst for tea is never far from our craving for beauty.”
— James Norwood Pratt
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:
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Pair Berries with Provence Rooibos
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.
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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!”
Read her full review here
Click here to order Mother’s Day High Tea To Go
Creamy Earl Grey Black Tea is our daily go-to tea, but it’s easy to forget we have so many other delicious teas to enjoy. For instance, green teas are delicate and refreshing. They have less caffeine than black teas, making it a great afternoon tea option.
If you have a sweet tooth, you’ll love our Green Pear Green Tea – a luscious infusion of smooth green tea, juicy pear, and rose. It pairs wonderfully with a light cheese platter or a fruit parfait!
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Mother’s Day is coming up soon! If you’re not sure what to get mom, this is the guide for you.
Mother’s Day Gift Certificates
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.
Share Quality Time With Mother’s Day High Tea To Go
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.
Tea Tins and Gift Sets
Our beautiful tea tins and gift sets are sure to please! We even have a special Limited Edition Lucky Year of the Pig Tea, filled with good wishes for luck and prosperity!
Sending warm wishes for a wonderful Mother’s Day!
The Secret Garden regularly features works by local artists. This month we’re showcasing art by Denise Richard. As an artist, teacher, speaker and counselor, her artwork helps us to remember a light felt beauty.
Denise is also a master teacher in the field of Tai Chi and Chi Kung, and her paintings reflect the powerful impact of nature. Visit the Secret Garden this month to see more of her art.
Click here to visit Denise’s website.
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!”
Read the full review by Narcity here.
Click here to see our new Vegan High Tea Menu
Click here to see our new Vegan High Tea Menu