Morticia Addams adores tending to her plants, whether it be snipping the pesky blooms off her roses, or feeding her beloved pet African Strangler, Cleopatra. Just recently, I became aware of a garden so delightfully Addams-worthy that it would surely bring a tear of joy to Morticia's eye.
|Alnwick Castle [Photo Source]|
In the county of Northumberland, England, stands Alnwick Castle, the residence of the Duke of Northumberland. Attracting many visitors each year, the castle has long been used as a setting for film and television productions, and is perhaps best known as the stand-in for Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films.
|Gates of The Poison Garden [Photo Source]|
In land adjacent to the castle, Jane Percy, Duchess of Northumberland, has established a formal garden known as The Alnwick Garden. Inspired by a visit to a poison garden created by the notorious Medici family, in Padua, Italy, the duchess decided to include a similar touch of the charmingly macabre in her own landscaping plans.
|Sign on Gates [Photo Source]|
The Poison Garden was opened in 2005, requiring 24 hour security and special licences from the British Home Office. It is filled with more than 100 deadly plants that produce either poisons like strychnine and hemlock or are narcotics like opium poppies, cannabis and magic mushrooms.
"I wondered why so many gardens around the world focused on the healing power of plants rather than their ability to kill... I felt that most children I knew would be more interested in hearing how a plant killed, how long it would take you to die if you ate it and how gruesome and painful the death might be."
Duchess of Northumberland
Seems the duchess is one fiendishly clever lady! I'm sure Morticia would thoroughly approve. You can find out more about The Poison Garden here.