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
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.
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
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
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,
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
please call 860 345-4290, and request to speak to Ragna Tischler-Goddard.