From The Sundial Gardens / Higganum, Connecticut 06441 / Telephone: 860 345-4290 / Issue 11

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Welcome to our occasional newsletter. From time to time we will try to keep you posted
on what is going here at the Sundial, and include bits of information which we feel may
be of interest to you. We welcome your comments and suggestions, and would appreciate
hearing from you. Contact us at our
newsletter e-mail address

Red Hat Society Visit Sundial Gardens last September 3rd

Despite the threat of a heavy downpour of rain at any moment, several local chapter members of the International
Red Hat Society visited the gardens for a previously arranged private tour and talk by Ragna Tischler-Goddard,
proprietor and garden designer. As you can see from the selection of photos, the group livened up the landscape
with their own colorful hats and attire, further attesting to the fact that people bring color to a garden also.
After the tour, they visited our shop, then off to a luncheon at the Gelston House in East Haddam, Conn.
We were particularly excited to learn about the foundation of this unique society, and invite you to visit their
website to find out how they originated and other information. Their website is: www.redhatsociety.com

We have since learned that there is a chapter

of the Red Hat Society now established

right here in our town of Haddam.

Check with the Town Hall, or open their

website: www.redhatsociety.com

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 ivy garlands surrounding a fountain. These architectural gardens, or "outdoor rooms" are carefully incorporated into the landscape around a restored 18th century farm house. Fee to the gardens: $2 donation per per person. (For guided tours for your group or organization, please contact us for details and prices, etc.) This year the Gardens will open for the season the last weekend in May, from 10 am to 5 pm, through the middle of October. Closed on any major holiday.

HOURS: TEA SHOP: open weekends only from 10 am to 5 pm.

HOURS: THE GARDENS: open beginning the last weekend in May (through mid-Oct), 10 am to 5 pm.

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