Mon 16 Jul 2018
The Floral Clock, as the name suggests, is a huge working clock made from flowers. And it’s displayed every summer in Princes Street Gardens. It was first created in 1903 and the design changes every year. Usually to celebrate or commemorate an event or organisation. It’s thought to be the oldest floral clock in the world.
This year, the clock commemorates 100 years since the end of the First World War. City of Edinburgh council worked with Poppyscotland, a charity which provides support to the Armed Forces community, to design it as part of the Poppy Pledge 1918 campaign. The campaign pays tribute to those who fell in the war, whilst raising funds for Poppyscotland.
Amazingly, there are more than 35,000 flowers and plants in this year’s clock, which will bloom from now until the end of October. It was officially unveiled on 3rd July and I went down today to see it. It looks great and serves as an important reminder of the tragic war, which affected so many. Of course, they have used lots of poppies this year, the symbol of remembrance. And it’s very striking with these bright red flowers and contrasting greenery. There is so much detail, it really is a work of art!
To find the floral clock, go down the stairs to Princes Street Gardens from the entrance at the bottom of The Mound (opposite the Scottish National Gallery) and look to your right. Make sure you take a look before the end of October!
Edinburgh Floral Clock, Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh, EH2 2HG