From The Sundial Gardens / Higganum, Connecticut 06441 / Telephone: 860 345-4290 / Issue 13

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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

Second Visit to The Sundial by McCarney Tours

The threat of showers and a possible thunderstorm in the forecast did not dampen the spirits of
this second bus tour arranged by McCarney Tours of Wading River (Long Island) New York.
After the guided tour by Ragna Tischler-Goddard, the group of 42 went for lunch at the
Gelston House in East Haddam, and then on to the
Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, Conn.

Here is a selection of photos taken during their visit here at the Sundial:

Visitors gathering to view overall garden landscape.

Ragna leadiing visitors to the Knot Garden.

Ragna explaining basic concept of the Topiary Garden.

Visitors gather on upper level as Ragna offers a bit of folklore.

Closeup of the fountain in the Topiary Garden

For information on arranging
a private garden tour for your group or
organization, contact
Ragna Tischler-Goddard
at the Sundial.

(860) 345-4290

About The Gardens at The Sundial

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. Note: the Gardens will be open the last weekend in May (through mid-October) from 10 am to 5 pm. Closed major holidays.

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

HOURS: THE GARDENS: Open beginning the last weekend in May (through Mid-October) from 10 am to 5 pm.

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