A floral clock
or flower clock
is a large decorative clock
set into a flower
bed in a park
or other public recreation area.
The floral clock was a form of carpet bedding
set onto an operational clock-face, invented in 1903 by John McHattie of Edinburgh Parks in Princes Street Gardens
, Edinburgh and first seen in spring of 1904. It was soon imitated across the United Kingdom.
In Edinburgh the clock mechanism is set inside the plinth of the statue to Allan Ramsay
adjacent and lasted until 1936. It was constructed by local clockmaker Messrs James Ritchie and Sons Ltd, originally using salvaged parts from Elie
Parish Church in Fife
. The cuckoo which accompanied the clock does not survive.
Most have the mechanism set in the ground under the flowerbed, which was then planted to visually appear as a clock face with moving arms (also holding plants). <!--the following was invented from a second-hand reference to Marvell's poem:Apparently McHattie may have got the idea from a publication of 1678 called The Skilful Gardener where the author describes such a clock at an exhibition in Paris.-->
The only flower clock with two faces moved by the same system is located in Zacatlán, Puebla
. It has two faces, each five meters in diameter. It was manufacturated by Relojes Centenario, a local... Read More