Guest Speaker

Ragna Tischler-Goddard
founder and proprietor of The Sundial Gardens in Higganum, Connecticut is available for speaking engagements for garden clubs, tearooms, business meetings, or other events. Ms Tischler-Goddard's expertize lies in many areas, including garden design, herbalism, and fine tea.
Born and educated in Germany, Ms Tischler-Goddard came to the US in 1963, and worked as a Graphic designer in New York. Several years later she gained her citizenship. After meeting her future husband Tom (also a graphic designer and now pastry chef at the Sundial), they moved to Connecticut in 1969. Restoration of their18th century farm house along with research concerning plant material appropriate soon prompted the construction and design of the grounds, which naturally, included designing and planting a colonial period herb garden. Soon the public heard about what had been done and they started coming by at all hours (often unannounced) to see the garden and to get advise on how to create and plant their own. This was the beginning of the business as it now exists, although there have been many changes and developments since.
In addition to conducting programs and seminars at The Sundial, Ragna Tischler-Goddard has traveled to many areas, primarily in the northeast, as a guest speaker.

Brief Summary

Program: TEA EVENT

This program will help unravel some of the mystery of the tea plant, Camellia sinensis. From health tonic to first aid treatment, this program will open the door to the pleasures and heallth benefits of tea. The first part of the program includes a tasting of three fine loose teas representing three tea categories–green, oolong and black. Special attention will be given to the tea plant itself, the tea-growing regions of the world, the processing of tea, identifying the various kinds of tea, tea customs, and a bit of folklore. Tea and dessert follows.

To schedule private groups, please call 860-345-4290

Space is limited to groups of 14.
To register for a Tea Event click here.


Ms Tischler-Goddard has been a guest speaker
at numerous places and events, including:

Herb Symposium, Wilmington, Ohio

R. J. Julia Booksellers, Madison, Conn.

Barnes & Noble, North Haven, Conn.

The Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme, Conn.

Conference on Alternative Medicine, University of Connecticut Medical Center


The Sundial Gardens and Ms Tischler-Goddard have appeared on television:

HGTV (cable) Great Gardens of America

WNTV (Channel 8) New Haven, Positively Connecticut, with Diane Smith

New England Cable News (NETV) Sundial Gardens (Winter version) with Brian Burnell

CNN (cable) What's on the Menu


Publications featuring the Sundial include:

National Geographic's 300 Gardens of North America

The Garden Lover's Guide to the Northeast,
published byPrinceton Architectural Press

Gardener's Palette, and The Unsung Season, both by Sydney Edison

Other books:
Backyard Design, Complete Book of Herbs, Kitchen Herbs, Garden Sourcebook

Newspapers: New York Times, The Hartford Courant

Horticulture, Fine Gardening, Victoria Magazine, Garden Design, Herb Companion, Home, Tea Magazine

Text and Photographs by Ragna Tischler-Goddard
The Intimate Garden, Celebrating Tea 2002, Celebrating Tea 2003,
published by Tide-Mark Press


For more information regarding speaking engagements, schedules and speaker's fee,
please call 860 345-4290, and request to speak to Ragna Tischler-Goddard.



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