Do not touch! is the warning for all visitors to the Potent Plants Garden at Torre Abbey. Inspired by the life of crime writer Agatha Christie, the Abbey’s head gardener dug deep into the murky world of poisons, antidotes and remedies in Christie’s novels and created a garden featuring a variety of interesting plants that may cure or kill depending on one’s motives. Of course, it’s not really dangerous - less potent garden cultivars were planted and the garden is designed to entertain - not provide murderous opportunities!
This particular section is only a small part of the rest of the abbey’s garden. You’ll also find tombs of monks in the grounds, a palm house, the ruins of the original church and perfectly manicured flower beds with one of the best dahlia collections in the Westcountry. The garden also hosts sculpture exhibitions from local and visiting artists.
A new medieval children’s garden is garden within a garden and has been lovingly created to entice people, of all ages, into the fascinating world of medieval plants and their uses. Turf seats, willow tunnels, sensory planting and a fountain offer the opportunity to explore, look, touch, and taste.
- Whole family
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