23 years have flown by so fast! We opened The Secret Garden with the goal of creating a welcoming place for people to slow down, connect with others, and enjoy the simple things in life… like delicious food and a hot pot of tea.
Although the Garden has grown and changed over the years, we are still working to carry out our mission every day. Here are a few photos from Kathy’s photo albums of the Garden’s early days:
Thank you for being part of this journey with us. We look forward to providing you with a wonderful tea experience for many years to come!
Kathy and Erin
Co-owners of The Secret Garden
This month, the Secret Garden was voted Best Teahouse in Vancouver in the Georgia Straight Best of Vancouver Awards!
This marks the 10th time we’ve been voted #1 Tea House in Vancouver. Thank you to all of our loyal customers for honouring us with this award.
Life is like a cup of tea… it’s all in how you make it!
The Secret Garden is excited to host a special after-hours evening event on October 18th!
Featuring special guest speaker Shona McGlashan, Chief Governance Office at Mountain Equipment Coop (MEC), this event will celebrate motherhood and raise awareness for the local nonprofit Pacific Post Partum Support Society.
Tea & The Truth:
Real Mothers Sharing Real Stories
Thursday, October 18th
7-9pm at the Secret Garden
$85 per person
100% of ticket sales and funds raised by this event will be donated to the Pacific Post Partum Support Society.
During this special event, you’ll hear real stories about motherhood from MEC executive Shona McGlashan, and Kathy and Erin Wyder, co-owners of The Secret Garden.
You’ll be treated to a wide array Secret Garden treats including savouries, desserts, tea, and sparkling wine. And you’ll also receive a gift bag with more Secret Garden goodies to take home. Come, connect with others, and celebrate the fact that we’re in this together!
Here in Vancouver, the weather is turning cool and rainy. On days like this, there’s nothing more delightful than a pot of hot tea and a sweet treat when you need a break from the hectic pace of life. After a moment’s respite, you’ll be refreshed and ready to face the rest of the day!
Here are a few of our favourite tea and treat pairings:
Our housemade Cranberry Chocolate Shortbread is a rich, decadent treat. Creamy Vanilla Rooibos herbal tea complements the chocolate and berries, while undertones of nutty almonds add depth.
Our delicate Rosemary Olive Oil Shortbread is light and flaky, with a savoury herbal note and a hint of sea salt. We like to pair it with the gently floral Lavender Earl Grey for a sweet and soothing combination.
Great big Milk Chocolate Oatmeal Pecan Cookies are a gourmet twist on a classic sweet. Filled with pecans and a hint of spice, these cookies stand up well to the ginger heat of Masala Chai.
Whatever tea and treats you pair, we hope that your tea break offers a comforting break to renew you for the rest of the day!
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Are you looking for a corporate gift, or an extra-special present for a tea lover? Secret Garden Gift Baskets are filled to the brim with treats that are sure to please:
- A 6-cup ceramic teapot
- Tea mug
- Swedish dish towel
- Teaball infuser with clip handle
- 100g tin of Creamy Earl Grey
- 100g bag of Secret Garden’s Secret
- 100g bag of Buckingham Palace
- 100g bag of Creamy Earl Grey
- Secret Garden Cranberry Scone Mix
Gift baskets must be pre-ordered at least 72 hours in advance, and must be picked up in store. Click here to learn more.
“While there’s tea, there’s hope!” – Sir Arthur Pinero
Our High Tea To Go is the perfect romantic date idea. Recently, two Secret Garden customers celebrated their engagement with a special High Tea To Go at Lighthouse Park!
A cozy tea party at home or a romantic picnic outdoors can be the perfect way to commemorate a special occasion, or just a way to spend time with a loved one. We even rent all the teaware you need to complete the experience!
Cheers! Featuring our new August High Tea sweet, the Apple Pie Cupcake with Sour Cream Frosting.
Where will you take your High Tea To Go? We look forward to helping you celebrate the special moments in life!
Learn More About High Tea To Go and Treats by the Dozen
A balanced life is… a teacup in one hand, and a cookie in the other!
Hosting a tea party or corporate event this summer? Guests will love our Treats by the Dozen.
Pre-order our freshly made pastries and finger sandwiches beforehand, to pick up the day of your event. Party planning doesn’t get any easier than that!
Learn About Treats by the Dozen
Featured above: Raspberry Bars made with housemade shortbread and fresh raspberry puree.
Featured below: Fairy Cake almond-coconut cupcake filled with raspberry jam and rose mascarpone whip.