David Middleton changes the face of the Floral Clock every new season, he is in charge to design the Floral Clock faces for spring, summer and fall. Middleton and Jennifer Misttreta, both of them horticulturists, worked hard on Thursday to plant chrysanthemums of bright yellow and blood red, also they have planted Salvia and herbaceous perennial Ajuga to create a beautiful mosaic in the Victorian carpet bedding. They always use the best quality plants to create a magical result.
This beautiful and fully-operational clock was created as a tribute to the Garden’s Victorian roots and also to St. Louis and its 1904 World’s Fair.
Floral clocks were originated in the early 1900’s in England, the gardening style was known as “carpet bedding”.
The Garden’s Floral Clock includes about to 5,000 to 8,000 individual plants, all of them are changed every season.
Mistretta uses just one tool to take care of plants, scissors, she said that some horticulturists use to add chemical growth regulators but that those kind of products have side effects.
The Garden’s Floral Clock is now in final season, it will be open until October 31st and it is temporarily located in the North Gardens in celebration of the 150 anniversary of the Missouri Botanical Garden.
Garden’s hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Oct. 31. Admissions are $8 for adults and free for children ages 12 and under.