A Killer Garden

Known as the Poison Garden and started by Duchess of Northumberland Jane Percy in 2005, the 100 or so plants at Alnwick Garden in northeast England educate people about the healing—and killing—powers of plants.
Only 20 garden visitors at a time are permitted through the gates, with explicit instructions to not touch or even smell the plants, which include deadly nightshade, castor and the bushy plant commonly known as rue.
Historically, plants’ poisonous properties have been used at lower doses for medicinal purposes. But Percy enjoys telling people about their dark side too.
Journalist (and GHN reader!) Joanne Silberner ventured into the garden and fortunately lived to tell the tale.
Source: NPR

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