On my usual trip on the internet highway, I came across a very interesting type of garden, it is appropriately named, The Poison garden.
The Poison garden Established in 2005 by the Duchess of Northumberland contains over 100 deadly and hallucinogenic plants.
The duchess reasons out why she has this garden: ’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.’
Species of the Poison Garden include nux vomica (source of strychnine), hemlock, ricinus communis (source of harmless castor oil but also deadly ricin), foxglove, atropa belladonna, brugmansia, and laburnum. The mission of the Poison Garden also includes drug education, with featured plantings of cannabis, coca, and the opium poppy papaver somniferum.