If you value your life, keep away from England’s Poison Garden filled with toxic plants that are so potent, several people pass out last year after inhaling the plants’ toxic fumes.
The Poison Garden is located in the beautiful grounds of Alnwick Gardens in northern England. Here, people come to spend a day surrounded by lush greenery and rows of beautifully manicured topiaries. But inside the gardens there are black iron gates… and behind those gates is where all the fun.. err, all the infamy lies.
Jane Percy, the Duchess of Northumberland inherited the 14-acre gardens back in 1995 and thinking she might include an apothecary garden on the land, she travelled to Italy for inspiration. But instead of coming back to England with ideas for a garden to heal, she came back with the idea of a garden to kill.
‘I thought, ‘This is a way to interest children,” she tells Smithsonian mag. ‘Children don’t care that aspirin comes from a bark of a tree. What’s really interesting is to know how a plant kills you, and how the patient dies, and what you feel like before you die’.
And the rest is history. Today the Poison Garden grows everything from cannabis and coca plants to angel’s trumpet. Because of the potency of each plant, rules are in place for visitors; no one is allowed to smell, touch or taste any of them. But when nobody’s looking…