Shrub to die for

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - What's On - - GARDENS -

The world’s dead­li­est shrub will be on show at Lulling­stone Cas­tle. Den­droc­nide mo­roides, bet­ter known as the Deadly Stinger, will be on dis­play at the es­tate near Swan­ley in a glass cabi­net. Na­tive to Queens­land, Aus­tralia, the hairs on the in­no­cent look­ing plant in­ject a lethal poi­son to any­one who touches it. It is usu­ally housed in a locked green­house, and is the only ex­am­ple to be found in the UK. Vis­i­tors can also view many other rare and en­dan­gered plants in the cas­tle’s World Gar­den, laid out in the shape of a map of the world. In­for­ma­tion will be pro­vided by its cre­ator, mod­ern day plant hunter Tom Hart Dyke, who lives at the cas­tle and will be giv­ing tours through­out the day. The Manor House, which dates back to 1497 and has been in the Hart Dyke’s own­er­ship for 20 gen­er­a­tions, will also be open for tours where vis­i­tors will be able to see some of the an­cient fur­nish­ings in­clud­ing a bed Queen Anne slept in dur­ing a visit to the cas­tle. The event has been or­gan­ised in sup­port of cul­ti­vated plant con­ser­va­tion char­ity Plant Her­itage, which is cel­e­brat­ing its 35th an­niver­sary. It runs from 11am to 5pm on Sun­day, June 23. Tick­ets are £7 for adults, £4 for chil­dren and £18 for a fam­ily. Call 01322 862114.

Plant hunter Tom Hart Dyke will be giv­ing tours of Lulling­stone Cas­tle’s gar­dens

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