Vancouver Flower Clock Project
The Vancouver Flower Clock Project (VFCP) was initiated in October 2008 by ProximityArts, a non-profit interdisciplinary arts collective based out of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The project is based on a garden plan hypothesized by Carolus Linnaeus in his Philosophia Botanica(1751) that would take advatage of certain species of flowers that open their blooms at set times of day to accurately predict the time, in what he described as an horologium florae (floral clock).
As a collaborative naturalist's journal, The VFCP aims to create a collection of information that would aid particpants in the design and maintenance of a flower clock that is unique to the growing conditions and latitude of the Vancouver region and would also reflect the unique cultures of the region and their history with these plants. The project stresses the importance of regional botany, information sharing and the interweaving of aesthetic and scientific observation.
How to Participate
If you live outside of the Greater Vancouver Regional District you can use this page as a template and start a similar project in your region. If you live in the GVRD, there are a number of ways you can help develop this project.
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Add to the list of species
In Philosophia Botanica, Linnaeus described three groups of flowers:
- Meteorici - flowers which change their opening and closing times according to the weather conditions.
- Tropici - flowers which change their times for opening and closing according to the length of the day.
- Aequinoctales - flowers which have fixed times for opening and closing.
Only Aequinoctales are suitable for use in a flower clock. If you are aware of any species with this trait, please add it to the Species List below using this template:
|[[Image:image name here|left|80px|]]
| Common Name
| [[/Plant name/]]
Add to the Species Journal
Take a walk. Watch the flowers grow. You can use these journals to log a bloom sighting, and post information about each species. You can include measurements, stories, pictures, recipes as well as indicate whether a bloom was open or closed at a specific time.
For a new species journal, copy and paste Journal Template onto a new page with the format "plant name"
News and Events
PROJECT LAUNCH TEA PARTY Sunday JUNE 21, 2009 1:00 to 4:00 pm
Blim 197 17th Ave. E Vancouver
Drop by for a wiki tutorial, a flower tour of the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood and to learn more about the project.
Bring your laptops, digital cameras or a pencil and paper.
Free cucumber sandwiches and homemade lemonade!
Project Background Info
Climate and Local Growing Conditions
Use Journal Template when adding a new journal.
The current list is based on Linneaus observations in Philosophica Botanica. 
Include Species not indicated above. Use Journal Template when adding new species.
|Image||Botanical name||Common name||Journal|
|wikispecies:Ipomoea alba||Moon Flower||Moon Flower|
|Evening primrose||Evening Primrose|
|Mycelis muralis||Wall Lettuce||Wall Lettuce|
|wikispecies: Echinopsis pachanoi||San Pedro Cactus||San Pedro Cactus|
|Hypochaeris radicata||Rough Cat's Ear, Hairy Cats Ear||Hairy Cat's Ear|
|Mycelis muralis||Wall Lettuce||Wall Lettuce 2|