The poison garden tour is always fascinating, you get to learn different things on each visit.  On this visit I learned that laurel which is a common garden plant is capable of releasing cyanide gas which can prove fatal!

The Garden features many plants grown unwittingly in back gardens, and those that grow in the British countryside, as well as many more unusual varieties. Flame-shaped beds contain belladonna, tobacco and mandrake. The Alnwick Garden has a Home Office licence to grow some very special plants; the cannabis and coca which are found behind bars in giant cages.*


Enter if You Dare

*Information from the Alnwick Garden website.

18 Comments CherryPie on Jul 19th 2011

18 Responses to “Alnwick Garden – The Poison Garden”

  1. So, cherry laurels are actually highly poisonous.
    By the way, are you both related? ;)

  2. jameshigham says:

    Not sure I’d be all that keen to go in there. There might be triffids.

  3. Ginnie says:

    Most interesting, Cherie. I don’t believe I’ve ever seen a garden like that, especially with gates declaring its contents so clearly. There is a shrub here in the Netherlands that every time we pass Astrid tells me is poisonous. But what about the people who don’t know??? I always wonder what happens to them!

    • CherryPie says:

      I think some of the poisonous plants do catch people out on occasions. I must tell my Mum about the Laurel, she likes to use it for flower arranging in Church!

  4. Joelaindien says:

    A very suprising place, but a real good idea ! I like it a lot !

  5. Marcie says:

    WOW!! They sure do make it clear as to the danger there. And – who would have thought???

  6. Steve Hayes says:

    Sounds like a very interesting place to visit!

  7. Claude says:

    Fascinating! I bet Miss Marple knew them all….

  8. I never knew that about laurel. Live and learn

  9. liz says:

    Laurel? Gosh, scary what goes on in our gardens!