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Gardens of Death and Other Horticultural Marvels (PHOTOS)

Posted: 09/30/11 08:34 AM ET

Extraordinary flora and fauna abound in our round-up of the globe's most unusual gardens, greenhouses and Arctic Doomsday seed vaults.

The Atlas Obscura recently organized a trip to the gnarled remains of the Jardin d'Agronomie Tropicale in Paris for Obscura Day 2011. The site boasts a beautiful and overgrown expanse of wild flora and fauna and an incredible history. Inspired by the beauty and backstory of the garden we have assembled a short list of some of the Atlas Obscura's favorite unusual gardens from around the world.

The Poison Garden - Alnwick, England
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Under no circumstances, nibble the plants.

"These plants can kill." These ominous words welcome visitors to the Alnwick Poison Gardens. The gardens were established on a small patch of a palatial estate in 2005 by the Duchess of Northumberland whose affinity for the apothecary gardens of yesteryear inspired the collection of nearly 100 deadly and hallucinogenic plants. The nefarious collection includes: deadly nightshade, hemlock and opium poppies, just to name a few.

Read about more extraordinary flora and fauna in Atlas Obscura's round-up of the globe's most unusual gardens, greenhouses and Arctic Doomsday seed vaults!
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