Switzerland, English park and flower clock
The English park is located on the lake shore in Geneva and is made in the English traditional style. The essence of this style is reflected in straight straight alleys, sculptures of white stone and a special planting of trees. In the park there are several busts and a magnificent fountain of A.Andre’s work. On one of the two huge boulders protruding above the surface of the lake, a detailed map of Switzerland is depicted.
The famous flower clock – one of the symbols of the city – is also located in the English park. Even in ancient Greece, the idea of a flower clock was born: in different plants, the flowers open and close at different times of the day, so you can pick plants so that they approximate the time by their flowering. The idea to recreate such a watch came to Karl Linnaeus. Linnaeus sought to interest students in the biological rhythms of plants and flowers. Long before that, the scientist had carefully studied the floristics, about which even a scientific book was written.
In 1903, the first Geneva flower clock was installed – a copy of the development of Linnaeus. And it’s not just a decoration – the arrow moves in them. The whole mechanism is hidden under the flower arrangement, and the dial itself is the flower bed itself. Modern watches, placed in the park, were installed in 1955, their diameter is 5 meters. Each year the “design” of the clock changes and for this purpose 6500 varieties of colors are used, moreover, every month the color palette changes completely.
Geneva’s flower clock is also noteworthy for the fact that they remind of the acknowledged championship of the city in the Swiss watch industry and demonstrate a specific unity of elements of technology, design and gardening.