Blarney Castle is one of the most stunning castles in Ireland. The castle can be found in County Cork and was built around 1446 by Cormac Laidir MacCarthy, Lord of Muscry. Before the current castle was built, there was another castle in its place that was, sadly, destroyed.
Blarney Castle is best known for housing the Blarney Stone. The Blarney Stone is also known as The Stone of Eloquence, as the belief is held that if you kiss the stone, you are given the wonderful gift of eloquence. Each year, thousands flock to the castle to kiss the stone, but perhaps, one of the weirdest features of Blarney castle is the poison garden!
The garden was built with the purpose of teaching people about the poisonous plants that lie within. By each plant is a list of what the plant does to whoever ingests it, as well as a list of what it was commonly used for. Surprisingly, many of the plants that lie within were once used as medicinal herbs, explaining the old phrase “it will either kill you or cure you.”
Visitors are allowed to tour the gardens, but they do enter at their own risk. Some plants are even surrounded by metal cages to help prevent curious people from touching or eating the deadly plants. The most dangerous plants are set back, away from the reach of people who may accidentally touch or come across the plants.
The most featured plants in the garden include the bushy plant, Common Rue, or the horrible Poison Hemlock. Surprisingly, the garden also features Rhubarb! While Rhubarb also makes a delightful treat, it can also be poisonous if you don’t take the proper precautions with it! The plants in the garden are sure to remind people that they are a double-edged sword that can either cure you or kill you.
The poison garden is one of the deadliest and most beautiful places on earth, and I find that to be extremely poetic. A reminder that even the most stunning things can kill you, and that one should never be blinded by beauty. The garden survives today, a reminder that we should all be careful of the plants around us.