August 6th, 2017

The Alnwick Poison Garden

Entrance gate to the Poison Garden

Located in the Alnwick Garden, a complex of formal gardens adjacent to Alnwick Castle in the town of Alnwick, Northumberland, England, the Poison Garden is a deadly attraction that features over 100 plant species of varying degrees of toxicity. The warning signs on the gates, ‘These Plants May Kill’ should not be taken lightly by anyone.

The first garden was laid down by the 1st Duke of Northumberland in 1750; the 3rd Duke was a plant collector, he brought seeds from over the world, and pineapples were raised in hothouses. Later, in the middle of the 19th century, an Italianate garden featuring a large conservatory  was created by the 4th Duke, and at the end of the century, the gardens were at their grandest, with yew topiary, avenues of limes and acres of flowers.

Full The Vintage News article HERE