By Lauren Kramer
The most perplexing dilemma at Willowbrook Manor is the selection of tea.
There’s passion berry fruit tisane, herbal jahva (composed of roasted dandelion and chicory root mixed with chocolate barley malt), cranberry orange and rooibos chai masala, each one served British-style in delightful teapots bearing floral prints. Terry Gifford, the owner of Willowbrook Manor, an English teahouse and chamomile farm in Sedro Woolley, arrives bearing a platter of fresh, buttery, sweetmilk scones straight from the oven for her teatime guests. “I feel tea is a gentle thing, as is a garden. We can all use a bit of ‘gentle’ in this world we live in,” she says with a smile.