The Poison Garden
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.
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.'