Behind the locked gates of the Poison Garden, guides share tales of deadly plants. Myths and legends are uncovered, along with facts from science and history.

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About the Poison Garden

It's not often that the Home Office becomes involved with plants in the setting of a public garden, but in this instance a number of the 'inmates' have to have their very own license in order to be there at all. 

Many of the plants are already well-known for their medicinal properties, but as its creator, the Duchess of Northumberland said:

'I wondered why so many gardens around the world focused on the healing power of plants rather than their ability to kill... I felt that most children I knew would be more interested in hearing how a plant killed, how long it would take you to die if you ate it and how gruesome and painful the death might be.'