Dual purpose. Enchanting flower clocks built by humans
Clocks and watches are common everyday accessories. People have long ceased to be surprised with them. Clocks can be seen everywhere, including cozy apartments and offices, facades of houses and the subway. Watches usually sit on the wrists of people, which are peacefully strolling through the streets. However, such a habitual accessory as the clock hasn’t lost its ability to surprise. In some cities around the world, you can see incredibly amazing floral clocks, which are the fruit of a collaborative efforts of the world's best watchmakers and specialists in the field of landscape art. Externally, these clocks look like huge colorful flowerbeds. At a closer look, you will notice that these beds have a dial and hands. All live clocks are unique. Some surprize by their size, and other strike with the special design.
Flower Clock in the English Garden, Switzerland
One of the world's most famous flower clocks can be found in Geneva, in the English Garden. Geneva is a very special place in the watch industry of the country, so it’s not surprising that one of the most upscale and accurate live clocks in the world is located here. It opened in 1955. The clock diameter is 5 meters. Among the main design features, it’s worth noting the presence of the second hand of 2.5 meters long. Not all flower clocks have a seconds hand.
You can admire the flower clock in the English Garden in summer. Florists use more than 6 500 flowers to create a dial. Every month, new flowers are planted, so the clock looks special during each of the summer months. At the time of opening, the flower clock in Geneva was the largest in the world. Over the time, it lost its leading position, but the clock mechanism is still considered one of the superb. For local residents, this structure is a matter of national pride, as the author of the project was the world-renowned scientist Carl Linnaeus.
Each year, the best florists, designers, gardeners, and watchmakers in Switzerland work on building the clock. Despite the fact that the flower installation on the shore of Lake Geneva has long given its leading position on the scale, it still possesses a kind of record. This clock has the longest second hand in the world. It’s also worth noting that the clock mechanism is electronic. In the coming years, experts expect to replace it with mechanical one and make a special window through which curious visitors will be able to observe the work of clock. Next - Floral Clock on Poklonnaya Gora
Floral Clock on Poklonnaya Gora, Russia
You can see the incredibly beautiful floral clock in Moscow on Poklonnaya Gora. Now, it’s the second largest in the world. The clock opened in 2001. The diameter of the dial is 10 meters; the minute hand weighs more than 30 kg. There is no seconds hand on the clock, but there is a nice illumination system for numbers, so it will be amazing to enjoy the clock at nightfall. Complete article
Flower Clock in Tehran, Iran
Currently, the biggest flower clock in the world is located in Tehran. It can be seen close to the intersection of two major highways, Modarres and Hemmat. The clock is set on the 70-ton pedestal made of concrete. Flowers are planted straight into there. The diameter of this unique dial is 15 meters and the length of a minute hand is 7.5 meters. The total weight of the flower clock in Tehran is 750 kg. Complete article
Flower Clock in Vienna, Austria
Tourists tend to admire the flower clock not because of the complexity of its mechanism or even scale, but because of its spectacular appearance. The clock in Vienna can be definitely called one of the most marvelous in the world. It’s located in the city park, near the concert hall called Kursalon. The most spectacular and exotic flowers are used to compose the clock. Locals and visitors can enjoy the amazing work of the landscape art only during the warmer months. Complete article
Flower Clock in the Alexander Park, Russia
The flower clock in Alexander Park is considered one of the most romantic sights In St. Petersburg. Lovers usually arrange dates there. It’s easy to find the clock on the territory of a large park, as it is in front of the Baltic House. This amazing monument of time and landscape art is Geneva’s gift to the city to commemorate its 300th anniversary. Complete article
Flower Clock in Edinburgh, Scotland
The oldest and one of the most beautiful flower clock in the world can be found in the city park in Edinburgh. This amazing clock was constructed in 1903. At the opening, it had only an hour hand. The minute hand was added in about a year. More than a hundred years, the amazing structure has being one of the main symbols of the city. Complete article
Flower Clock in Ventspils, Latvia
Travelers who plan to visit the Latvian city of Ventspils certainly have to admire the flower clock. The old Latvian town has a good tradition of decorating the streets and parks with incredible compositions of plants. Ventspils can be named the flower capital of Latvia. Not surprisingly, a variety of floral arrangements includes the luxurious flower clock. It’s situated at the intersection of Lielais Street and Kuldigas Street. Complete article
Flower Clock in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Flower Clock in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
There is the incredibly beautiful and unique floral clock in Abu Dhabi. This Arab city is a sister town of Geneva. Gardeners of this Swiss city has given a symbolic and unusual present. The set of flowers is located near the Great Mosque and the Sheraton Hotel. This floral clock differs dramatically from those that can be seen in other cities around the world. Complete article
Flower Clock in Zurich, Sweden
The amazing flower clock is situated in Zurich. It’s located in one of the most picturesque places in the city, on the waterfront of Lake Zurich. Travelers who want to see this unusual landmark, will be able to admire the origins of the river Limmat and the wonderful alpine scenery. Complete article