It's Hallowe'en today, so in honour of our spooky holiday we present to you the World's Deadliest Garden. A section of the Alnwick Garden in north England holds this distinction and is in fact so deadly that it is only toured under the watchful eye of a guide. Behind its iron gates are a collection of 100 plants that are highly toxic or even downright deadly.
|Lily of the Valley|
Visitors are most surprised to learn how many common plants growing in home gardens and backyards are toxic, including laurel, lily-of-the-valley, oleander, rhododendron and even apples.
Laurel hedges, for example, can emit toxic fumes that can induce a sleepy state. Lily-of-the-valley with its sweet scent and lovely flowers contains convallitoxin which can cause headaches, hot flashes, hallucinations, swollen hands, and increased heart contractions.
Rhododendron can cause extreme nausea, watery eyes, drooling, comas, seizures and even death. Oleander can cause fatal heart attacks, comas, nausea, and vomiting. Eating too many apple seeds can also make you seriously ill as they can cause a form of cyanide poisoning.
If you travel to Alnwick, visit the Poison Garden if you dare! Beware these spooky plants and their deadly potential (but still have fun..!) Happy Hallowe'en!
Poison Garden photos courtesy of Margaret Whittaker