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The analemmatic sundial presented on this page is located in the Thyme Garden at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Hamilton, Ontario. The dial is located at latitude 4317' N and longitude 7952' W and was constructed in 1996. 

The sundial was designed by Dr. Paul Lapp and Anne Milovsoroff who is a the landscape architect for the Royal Botanical Gardens.

These photographs and information were provided by Dr. Paul Lapp.


Royal Botanical Gardens Sundial

The photograph above shows the analemmatic sundial. It is 5.5 metres wide with the hours indicated by markers set into the ellipse.  The dial is set to read daylight saving time. The central part of the sundial, the date scale, is marked off in the 12 months of the year. A visitor stands at the appropriate location on the date scale and your shadow will give the time.

The dial is located in the midst of beautiful gardens. The theme of the garden is Time. Hence gardens of thyme, sunflowers, daisies (day's eye), etc.

The Royal Botanical Gardens gratefully acknowledges the support of the Richard and Jean Ivey Fund, London, Ontario in the creation of the Thyme Garden.


Date Scale The date scale is made from limestone.  It indicates the date summer and winter solstices as well as the autumn and vernal equinoxes.

The hour markers are small plaques with evergreens planted behind them.


AN INTERACTIVE SUNDIAL

Most sundials have a fixed gnomon (a pointer that casts a shadow). This, however, is an analemmatic sundial. Its gnomon changes position depending on the sun's location north or south of the equator.

Where's the gnomon? Probably reading this sign! Your challenge is to read the time indicated by your shadow.

It's easy - during the summer months, just stand at the current date on the centre line. Your shadow will point to the time.

Our sundial is designed for this location and is calibrated for daylight savings time. It is accurate to within six minutes from April to mid-September.

The Plaque


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