Poison Garden is a dangerous place to visit without strict supervision. The reason is in this garden grows the most deadly poisonous plants in the world.
Poison Garden is actually part of Alnwick Garden in Alnwick, Northumberland, England. Alnwick Garden looks like a public park in general, decorated with flowers, beautiful forest, and some magnificent fountains.
Yet another case with Poison Garden is located in one corner of the park. Just entered the visitor was greeted with a black gate decorated with images of skulls and written warning, "These plants can kill." Who is not afraid to read it?
The land in Poison Garden is planted with poisonous and psychotropic herbs. Although all the plants in the place was poisonous, but everything is arranged with a beautiful garden arrangement.
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Anyone would feel at home in it. Just do not touch the deadly plants.
History of Poison Garden
Poison Garden was deliberately set up to educate people about drugs and toxins. According to Poison Garden's official website, the initiator was Jane Percy, Duchess of Northumberland in the 90s.
Reported by Atlas Obscura, the duchess and her new husband who inherited the title duke in 1995 get a legacy of vast land. One part was once the first duke built park, but now abandoned. The duchess then intend to revive the park, but with a different concept.
Jane Percy was inspired by the legendary botanical garden in Padua that contained medical herbs. But instead of planting medicinal plants, the duchess actually wants his garden filled with poisonous plants.
Photo credit: John Sheldon / Flickr"I wonder why so many gardens around the world are focused on the healing powers of plants rather than their ability to kill … I feel that most of the kids I know would be more interested in hearing how the crops (can) kill, how long the time it takes before you die if you eat it and how terrible and painful it is. "
After a long planning and collection process of various species of toxic plants needed, finally Poison Garden opened to the public in 2005.
From the poison of Socrates to the marijuana
Poison Garden is filled with various poisonous and psychotropic plants. Cannabis, foxgloves, poppies, and laburnam are some of the many harmful plants collected. Nightshade, a poisonous plant that appears in the Shakespeare story and the hemlock that Socrates used to commit suicide was there.
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Interestingly, Poison Garden also gives visitors information about everyday plants that are poisonous. For example, Ricinus communis or castor plant used to produce castor oil.
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The gardener at Poison Garden treats the plants there carefully. They always work with gloves to avoid touching poison. [tsr]