Edinburgh floral clock celebrates city’s zoo

The finished Edinburgh floral clock. Picture: Toby Williams

The finished Edinburgh floral clock. Picture: Toby Williams

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Edinburgh’s floral clock has been given a makeover to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the city’s zoo. Here assistant gardener Mathew McCutcheon puts the finishing touches to a design that has taken 40,000 plants and two months to complete.

The clock, which will play a part in the Britain in Bloom UK finals, has been a feature in Princes Street Gardens since park superintendent John McHattie designed the first one in 1903.

Assistant Gardener Mathew McCutcheon. Picture: Toby Williams

Assistant Gardener Mathew McCutcheon. Picture: Toby Williams

Deputy Lord Provost Councillor Deidre Brock said: “Our talented gardeners have created a stunning piece of horticultural art, and their careful work will be admired by the many visitors and locals who enjoy this feature every year.

“Protecting and enhancing parks in Edinburgh is a priority for our Capital Coalition so that they can be enjoyed by all.”

Simon Jones, curator of plants and head of sustainability at Edinburgh Zoo, said: “We’re delighted that a green landmark of historical significance in the capital is also honouring the Zoo in its centenary year. Horticulture is intrinsic to Edinburgh Zoo, both historically and today.”

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