Featured Artist: Stephanie Friesen

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The Secret Garden regularly features works by local artists. This month we will be showcasing art by Stephanie Friesen. Originally from Kelowna, Stephanie is married with 3 sons and 5 grandchildren.

In the mid 60’s Stephanie danced professionally for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Co., and she is a self taught painter and photographer. She works in watercolour, acrylic, oils and photography. Visit the Secret Garden this month to see more of Stephanie’s artwork.



Teddy Bear Picnic: Children’s High Tea To Go

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Summertime Treats To Go and High Tea To Go - Teddy Bear Picnic with Kids

Kids love tea! Perhaps you have your own memories of playing tea party as a child, or having tea with your parents or grandparents.

Recently The Secret Garden hosted a Teddy Bear picnic in the park for some of our youngest customers. They loved “playing grownup” with the fancy teacups and teapots, complete with our bright pink Blue Angel herbal tea.

You can host your own Teddy Bear Tea Party with our Children’s High Tea To Go (teaware rented separately). Or bring your little ones in enjoy our  Children’s High Tea here at the Garden!

Teatime is a great way to create treasured memories with your kids. Here are a few photos from the Teddy Bear picnic:

Win a Graduation High Tea Party at The Secret Garden!

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Win a free Graduation High Tea Party for Students!

Are you celebrating a graduation this year? In honour of our young tea fans, we’re hosting a FREE High Tea Graduation Party for one lucky student and 9 of their closest friends!

Any student elementary through high school can participate in this contest — or for young ones, parents can participate on behalf of their child. To enter the drawing:

  1. Share a story of how tea helped you through school.
  2. Post your story on Facebook or Instagram, with the hashtag #teagrads.

Submit your story by Thursday, June 14th to enter the contest! We’ll draw the lucky winner on the 15th, and the High Tea party for 10 will be hosted on June 21st at 4:30pm. We look forward to hearing from you!

Enter the drawing on Facebook

Enter the drawing on Instagram


It’s iced tea season!

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Iced Tea at the Secret Garden Tea Company in Vancouver

It’s iced tea season! Stop by our shop for a refreshing glass of citrusy Creamy Earl Grey or fruity Blue Angel hibiscus tea.

You can also enjoy our iced tea at home. Here is a simple recipe to make iced tea anytime:

  1. Steep 2 teaspoons of tea leaves in 8 ounces of boiling water for 3 minutes.
  2. Pour over ice into a heat-tempered glass.
  3. Add lemon, simple syrup, or milk if desired. (Do not add milk to hibiscus tea blends or tea with fresh lemon.)
  4. Enjoy!

Browse our teas online and see more of our favourite iced tea recipes.