PHOTOS – Edinburgh’s Floral Clock 2014

Edinburgh’s Floral Clock 2014

Floral Clock 2014, celebrating 10 years as a Fair Trade city

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The hands of the Floral Clock

In West Princes Street Gardens

The clock has been planted since 1903

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Information taken from the Edinburgh Council website

This circular clock has been planted out since 1903 with up to 40,000 plants in an ornate design reflecting a different theme each summer. The idea came from James McHattie, City Superintendent of Parks and James Ritchie, the Edinburgh clockmaker, using the mechanism of a redundant turret clock. In 1905 a cuckoo which pops out every hour was added, and in 1934 a new mechanism was installed by Ritchie and Sons, who still service it. In the clock’s centenary year (2003), it won a Gold medal at the Chelsea Flower Show.


The Floral Clock is located in West Princes Street Gardens next to The Mound entrance.

Finishing touches to the Fair Trade design

Planting the 2014 clock at the beginning of June

Work started on the 2014 clock at the end of May

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