I missed my regular posting on Wednesday since (1) I’m on vacation and (2) I hadn’t had time to find anything sufficiently worthy of posting. (Of course I have a compost barrel full of snake oil products I could rant about, but even I get tired of that. Especially on vacation.)
Note the strategic head placement
But yesterday we visited the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens just north of Niagara Falls. We didn’t have nearly enough time to see it all, so I’ll share just one special corner.
The Poison Plant collection isn’t listed on the map, and the only reason I noticed it at first was the giant hogweed (Heracleum mantegassianum), a particularly noxious introduced species, in the center. Looking closer, I discovered unique signage for these plants.
I think these types of display gardens – poisonous plants, noxious weeds, etc. – are great educational tools. The trick, of course, is keeping them from setting seed and spreading. And keeping 15-year-olds out of them.