3 Facts About This Beautiful But Deadly Garden

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By: Jaime Purvis | Dave Taylor Posted: 4:03 PM, Aug 24, 2016

The Alnwick Garden is beautiful, but filled with plants that can kill you (you read that right). If you're brave enough to visit this attraction, you'll need to fly over to England. Once you're there, you will be greeted by its black iron gates that holds in 100 infamous killers. 

In 1995, Jane Percy became the Duchess of Northland and moved into the Alnwick Castle. Once her family moved in, her husband asked her to do something with the garden. Percy hired a landscape architect to get started on her "project."

Great Big Story visited the garden and was given a tour by the head gardener, Trevor Jones. 

Here are three facts about the Alnwick Garden:

1. The garden is 14 acres and attracts over 600,000 visitors each year

The nearby castle was used as the setting of Hogwarts in the first two Harry Potter movies. 

2. It was created to interest children

"Children don’t care that aspirin comes from a bark of a tree. What’s really interesting is to know how a plant kills you, and how the patient dies, and what you feel like before you die," Duchess Jane Percy told Smithsonian.com.

3. Many of these plants are grown in people's backyards

People don't know the plants in their yards are killers. For example the laurel hedge, which is found in many English gardens, is toxic. 

Just remember, do not stop and smell the flowers!

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