This is a caption for the photo. (c) Rebecca Gordon

The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland is delighted to be the focus of the design of this year’s planting scheme for Edinburgh’s world-famous floral clock, in honour of the Incorporation’s Centenary.


The floral clock, which is positioned centre stage in Princes Street Gardens, was completed this week following extensive work by the Edinburgh Parks’ staff who have planted over 35,000 individual flowers and plants to create a superb display using elements from the RIAS’ crest. The clock first began in 1903 and has celebrated a different individual, organisation or anniversary every year since then.


Edinburgh’s Lord Provost, Donald Wilson, and Environment Convener, Councillor Lesley Hinds, along with RIAS Secretary Neil Baxter, watched gardeners make the finishing touches on Friday (15 July). Lord Provost Wilson said: “This year the clock celebrates The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland, which has enjoyed a rich history.”

Neil Baxter, Secretary of RIAS, said: “For many Scots, Edinburgh’s floral clock is a very special childhood memory. Visits to the Capital were always sure to have the clock on the itinerary. This clock represents the very best of Scottish horticulture, just as the RIAS promotes excellence in our architecture. It is both thrilling and a tremendous honour that this year’s clock marks the RIAS’ centenary.”