Plant lovers usually have flower gardens. But one royalty in England decided to have a different one – a poison garden.
“This garden is set in the war garden of the old castle in Northumberland, UK which has around 95 plants and we are adding to the collection every time,” Trevor Jones, head gardener of the Alnwich Garden, tells Great Big Story.
“The Duchess of Northumberland, rather than having an herb garden, decided to create a poison garden,” adds Trevor. “They are very common plants. In fact, a lot of them are what we call cottage garden plants and they grow in many people’s gardens but people don’t know how harmful they actually are.”
Among the plants here is Aconitum or Monkshood. The whole plant is poisonous. The berries crushed up and fed to you will kill you. The same with leaves, roots, and stem.
Four berries of Atropa Belladonna can kill a child. Laurel produces cyanide. Datura will put you to sleep forever.
Because the plants are deadly, maintaining the garden can be a challenge.
“When we do that we have to be very careful of the way we operate though we have to cover some of our skin when we deal with particular dangerous plants,” Trevor says.
Visitors who come to the garden are so intrigued by what they see and decide to grow their own plants at home.
Would you do the same?