Thursday, May 8, 2008

floral clocks in singapore

when i came across the floral clock along st kilda road in melbourne, i was reminded of the one we had at the macritchie reservoir park. today, i went to check on it. the circular flower bed is still there but the equipment and mechanism for the clock have all been dismantled and removed.

i tried to tap into the memory of my friends and asked if they could remember the existence of floral clocks in other parts of singapore. according to victor, there was one at raffles place before the mrt station came up.

a true floral clock is one where you have flowers which open and close at different times of the day, planted in some sequence in the appropriate sectors. carolus linnaeus, who made these observations of plants and flowers, invented the floral clock but he never built one.

some of the more well-known floral clocks in the world are found in niagara parks, kentucky and geneva. surprisingly, teheran in iran, boasts of one of the largest floral clocks in the world.

should not we have a floral clock which can be a show-piece at our new garden by the sea at marina bay?

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