Looking for something to bring excitement to your garden? Look no further than an analemmatic sundial!
Sundials are clocks that utilize the sun’s position to tell time. In most cases, a rod is used to cast a shadow upon a flat surface with specific markings, which indicate time. You can also use a person to cast a shadow on the surface, and it’s just as effective! On a traditional sundial, the rod is angled from the center of the surface and the shadow cast from that rod reflects the time. An analemmatic, or human sundial, requires that a person stands on the given month and the shadow reflected tells current time. An important factor to consider with a human sundial is daylight savings. To obtain the correct time in a given month, you must ensure your sundial is set for the specific time of year. With a little finagling, it’s possible to get your sundial to tell the correct time year round.
Life Lab, a leader in farm and garden based education, provides various resources to get started on your sundial. Sundials are a great way to engage both children and adults in your garden or anywhere outdoors! It’s a fun way to tell time aside from the traditional clock and bring more life into your garden!