The Poison Garden. Every. Plant. There. Can. Kill. You.

This is the Poison Garden… which is part of The Alnwick Garden.


This collection of botanical murder plants is located adjacent to Alnwick Castle in the town of Alnwick, Northumberland, England.


The Alnwick Garden was first laid down in 1750 by the 1st Duke of Northumberland.

The Poison Garden was added to the main garden in February 2005. Species of the Poison Garden include Strychnos nux-vomica (source of strychnine), hemlock, Ricinus communis (source of harmless castor oil but also deadly ricin), foxglove, Atropa belladonna (commonly called Deadly Nightshade), 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.

Check this tour video to hear more stories about these killer plants.


Had to do it…