Sundials Lend a Sense of Time. Sundials are an ancient method of telling time. The oldest known sundial was constructed in Egypt around 1500 B.C. Romans perfected the horizontal sundial we know today. During the Renaissance, sundials of every description were produced. The vertical sundials were mounted on the outside walls of many churches and public buildings.
By the 16th century more modern timepieces replaced the practical usefulness of shadow-casting sundials. Still, there is a sense of passing time and a century’s old tradition that makes sundials a beautiful and functional accent for our gardens. Use a sundial as a focal point of your garden or amidst some colorful flower clusters.