Sundial Graden - Knowledgebase Question

Center Sandwich, NH
Question by dreidy
December 29, 1999
I am looking to get detailed instructions on how to construct a sundial garden and what specific plants I should include that will grow in NH. To clarify, I'm not looking to build a garden around a sundial, I am actually looking to set up a sundial on the ground and have plants situated at each hour that will bloom in that hour.

Answer from NGA
December 29, 1999


You are thinking of what is commonly called a flower clock. 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
Unfortunately I can't find a sample plan from the Victorian era, but this
should get you started. Good luck with your project!

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