May 5, 2012

Picture of the Day: A Tunnel Made of Ivy




green ivy tunnel alnwick poison garden Picture of the Day: A Tunnel Made of Ivy


This beautiful tunnel of green ivy doesn’t lead to a place you would expect. Located in the Alnwick Garden of Northumberland and operated by the Duchess (of Northumberland), this gorgeous tunnel leads visitors to the locked gates of the Poison Garden.

On the unique concept, the Duchess explains:

“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.” [Source]

Obvious plants that can be found here include cannabis and cocoa. Others include: foxgloves, belladonna, poppies, laburnam and varieties of aquilegia. As well as being a place to enjoy weird and wonderful stories about the plants grown there, the Poison Garden acts as a fantastic inspirational visual teaching aid in the campaign against drug abuse and was officially opened by the then Chief Constable of Northumbria in 2005. [Source]