Floral Clock strikes ten for City of Literature

This year’s iconic Floral Clock design has been unveiled in Princes Street Gardens by Lord Provost Donald Wilson.

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A tribute to Edinburgh’s ten year anniversary as UNESCO City of Literature, the clock strikes ten in celebration of the city’s prestigious literary status.

The famous timepiece takes over five weeks to create and features a different theme each year. The first was planted in 1903 and over the years it has been inspired by themes such as Robert Louis Stevenson’s centenary, Edinburgh’s decade as a Fairtrade City and Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation.

This new Floral Clock is a colourful display made up of more than 35,000 individual plants, including echeveria and begonia.

Lord Provost Donald Wilson marked the completion of the popular feature and watched gardeners make the finishing touches. He said: “The historic Floral Clock is an iconic feature in Princes Street Gardens and this year we are particularly proud of it, as it commemorates the 10 year anniversary of Edinburgh becoming the world’s first UNESCO City of Literature.

“The design is a fitting tribute to this very special accolade and helps us celebrate the past, present and future of Edinburgh’s renowned literary heritage.”

Edinburgh was designated UNESCO’s first City of Literature in 2004 in recognition of the city’s celebrated literary history and commitment to supporting contemporary writers today and in the future.

Ali Bowden, Director at Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust, said: “Writers, readers, storytellers, bookshops, book artists, libraries, literary organisations…these are the things that make Edinburgh such an amazingly creative, literary place.

"It was an honour to become the first UNESCO City of Literature in the world, and ten years on, Edinburgh continues to inspire new work, new writers."

As part of the year-long celebrations of the capital’s UNESCO status, two public urban gardens have also been created in the city centre, and the Free to Fly book sculpture by a mystery paper artist will be on display in the Council’s City Chambers.

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