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Tea Talks - Tea Tastings
& other Programs

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Marché en plein air

Group Newsletters

Newsletters of Various Groups

Newsletter 10 - group from Windsor, CT visiting the gardens in the rain.

Newsletter 11 - visit from the Red Hat Society.

Newsletter 12 - visit from McCarney Tours (Long Island NY)

Newsletter 13 - another group visit from McCarney Tours (Long Island NY)

About The Gardens at The Sundial

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THE SUNDIAL is a unique setting of Formal Gardens, Tea and Gift Shop located in the Higganum section of Haddam. Founded in 1976, The Sundial has been featured in numerous national publications, including Horticulture Magazine, TEA- A Magazine, Garden Design, Victoria Magazine,the National Geographic's Guide to America's Public Gardens - 300 of the Best Gardens and Parks to Visit in the US and Canada, and shown on major TV Stations such as CNN, WTNH-Channel 8, and HGTV (Home and Garden cable TV- Great American Gardens series, on January 18, 2003). Over the years, The Sundial has become well-known as an oasis for fine tea and tea knowledge. To view the gardens, click here.

FORMAL GARDENS include a Persian-style knot garden, an 18th century style garden with geometric walkways, and a topiary garden with boxwood, roses and central fountain. These architectural gardens, or "outdoor rooms" are carefully incorporated into the landscape around a restored 18th century farm house. Fee to the gardens: by donation. (Note: several areas of the gardens may be closed for repairs especially due to the severe winter storms this in March.)

2000 Garden Calendars available (a collector's item). In case you did not know, TideMark Publishers published a calendar featuring the gardens at The Sundial, and marketed them throughout the country. The wall calendar features full color seasonal views of the Gardens at the Sundial, all photographed by Ragna Tischler Goddard, who also created the gardens. A very limited number are still available (now they are collector's items), and can be ordered directly from Sundial Gardens at Collectors Item price of $20.00 plus shipping and handling. (Click on garden calendar 2000 to view or to order.)

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HOURS 2018

Winter Hours:
Tea Shop closed during winter.
Reopen weekends only from 12noon-5 pm. beginning April 14.
Visit the Gardens mid June. (note limited areas open due to repairs,etc)

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Bienvenue / Welcome


Another Visit to The Sundial by McCarney Tours

For more photos of this tour click on Newsletter 13

Visit to The Sundial by McCarney Tours

For more photos of this tour click on Newsletter 12

Tea Talks with Tastings at the Sundial

For a complete listing of Tea Talks and Tea Tastings plus other events for 2010, click here.

After each tea talk, there will be a tasting of at least three different teas. These are sit-down events, and last for about an hour. After the final tea has been tasted, tea and dessert will be served. You may purchase a tin or two of any of the teas you have just sampled. Registration per person for each event: $25 (non refundable). To register click here.

Red Hat Society Visits Sundial Gardens

For more photos of this tour click on Newsletter 11

A Garden Visit in the Rain

For more photos of this tour from Windsor, CT click on Newsletter 10

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located in Old Lyme, Connecticut, is about 20 miles from the Sundial. We encourage you to visit this historic museum dedicated to American Impressionist art.

"Marché en plein air"
(French-style open air market)
on the grounds of the Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme, Conn.

For 9 years we participated in the Mid-Summer Festival in Old Lyme, Connecticut. The festival begins at 8 oclock in the morning and continues to 3 pm, usually on the last Saturday in July. We were joined by many Connecticut growers and producers of fresh vegetables, flowers, fruits, breads, honeys, cheeses, wines and other beverages, etc. for this annual Open Air Market on the grounds of the Florence Griswold Museum.
This event, first coordinated by Ragna Tischler-Goddard at the invitation of the Museum director, has developed into a happy and welcomed annual event. It is modeled after typical open air markets in many French villages.

The photo above and right, taken at a previous year's Market en plein air by Tammi Flynn, an employee at the Florence Griswold Museum. shows Tom Goddard, the Sundial Gardens' pastry chef. In the top photo, Tom is shown setting up our booth. The photo above, shows Tom creating and demonstrating some of the little fruit tarts we offered. Other items in our booth included an assortment of herbal tisanes, fine blended teas, tea pots and tea accoutrements, freshly made scones (hazelnut, cranberry, currant, and plain), tartlettes au citron (lemon tartlettes), French madeleines, etc.

For hours and more information on upcoming Markets at the Florence Griswold Museum, check their website:

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From time to time we will share photographs from our growing collection of slides taken here at the Sundial or while visiting gardens or tea establishments in Europe, etc. We will also share photos from others or from various books or magazines which have featured us in one way or another. We hope you will enjoy seeing them.

Spiced brandy teacake, created by our chef, appeared in an earlier version of VICTORIA Magazine. We will post the recipe at a later date. In the meantime, a similar cake recipe, GINGER BRANDY TEACAKE, appears on our recipe page. Just click on recipe page

Our Pastry chef, Tom, created several shapes from a recipe of his for Orange-Anise Bread, and we gave some of them to friends and neighbors this past Easter. The little birds, baked in brioche pans, were quite a hit, especially with a dear lady friend of ours who has been bedridden for quite some time. The recipe for the bread will be posted if we get enough interest. Let us know by e-mail:

IN MEMORIAM - Our son, Cedrik Christopher Goddard - 1971-1999
Photo taken when he was ten years old.
Notre petit prince.

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The TEA CHEST GIFT SHOP specializes in fine teas from the world's most renowned tea-growing regions. Here you will find just about everything necessary to make the perfect pot of tea - teapots, tea strainers, tea measuring spoons, tea caddies, etc. The Sundial blends its own line of fine teas, herbal tisanes, culinary blends, spice mixtures and scone mixes.Click on specialty foods for ordering or for additional information. If you cannot get out to our shop, remember that you can order just about anything from us and we will ship it anywhere in the USA.For a complete listing of all our fine teas, click on TEA.

MAIL ORDER Send for a free copy of our list of fine teas and herbal tisanes. A variety of other items, such as chocolate, tea pots and tea accoutrements, etc, and be ordered online on our website. We are still in the process of adding items to our website for you to order. Remember our shopping cart is secure, so you can use your credit card. We accept MasterCard and Visa cards only.

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Click on the map to get a printable size.

From Rte 9 (north or south) take Exit 9, turn right onto Rte 81 South for 3 miles to Brault Hill Road (located between New Image Auto & the Mobil Gas station). Follow Brault Hill to end (at intersection of Hidden Lake Road) and bear right for approx 1/4 mile. Look for the dark brown barn on your left, just past the white cape house #59. From I-95, take Exit 63 and follow Rte 81 North for approximately 10 miles to Brault Hill Rd (just past the Mobil Gas Station). From Chester, take Rte 148 to Rte 81 and turn right at light to Brault Hill Rd (on the left just past the Mobil Station). Parking and entrance behind barn. CALL for more specific directions from your area.
Our street address (for your GPS):
Sundial Gardens, 59 Hidden Lake Road, Higganum. CT 06441

Click on the map to get a printable size map.

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