The Q&A Archives: Victorian Clock Gardens

Question: I would like any information you could give me on the construction of a Victorian Clock Garden.

Answer: I believe the inspiration for these must have come from work done by early botanists including Linneaus in Sweden. Sharon Lovejoy's book "Sunflower Houses: Garden Discoveries for Children of All Ages" (ISBN 0-934026-70-X) includes detailed instructions on creating a floral clock beginning on page 32. A brief look at Linneaus' work on flower blooming times can be found here:
and a very detailed discussion here: Unfortunately I can't find a sample plan from the Victorian era, but this should get you started.

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