Wicked Plants: The Exhibit

"A tree that sheds poison daggers; a glistening red seed that stops the heart;
a shrub that causes paralysis; a vine that strangles; and a leaf that triggered a war..."

Discover the danger lurking in your own backyard
  • January 27 – May 6, 2018
  • 9am - 5pm
  • Ticket sales for Wicked Plants close at 4pm

  • Admission
  • INCLUDES ADMISSION TO THE AQUARIUM, MUSEUM AND ZOO

    GSC Members (ages 3+): $3.00
    Adults (ages 14 - 64): $17.50
    Seniors (ages 65+): $16.50
    Children (ages 3 - 13): $16.50
    Children 2 and Under: Free

    Tickets will be available online beginning January 2. Tickets will be available for purchase on site the day of your visit.

  • Group Rate
  • Group rate available for groups of 10+. Click here for details.


House

Step into a macabre world where plants hold the power. Poisonous, carnivorous, or just plain nasty, the diabolical botanicals represented throughout Wicked Plants are shown in all their fearful glory. Guests will be introduced to infamous plants that have left their mark on history and claimed many an unfortunate victim.

ABOUT THE EXHIBIT

Inspired by Amy Stewart’s book "Wicked Plants: The Weed that Killed Lincoln’s Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities," the exhibit gives visitors a hands-on experience with some of the world’s most diabolical botanicals— without the risk of intoxication, addiction, dismemberment or other general danger. Menacing botanical two- and three-dimensional creations and a splendidly ghastly environment create a fascinating portrait of the evildoers that may be lurking in your own backyard. Drawing on history, medicine, science, and legend, this compendium of bloodcurdling botany will entertain, alarm, and enlighten even the most intrepid nature lovers.


Wicked Plants
Wicked Plants
Wicked Plants

Groups & Field Trips

Group rate is $13.50 (plus tax) per person. Group visits must be scheduled in advance.
Click here for more information about group visits and to request a visit for your group!

Wicked Plants: The Exhibit is designed to educate the general public about plants that are harmful to the human body and to increase science literacy regarding the use of harmful plants and plant derivatives. The exhibit exposes plants associated with a myriad of negative health effects, including addiction, obesity, allergies, pain, poisoning, cognitive impairment, organ failure, and even death. Showcasing more than 75 plants, the exhibit takes an open-ended approach to health education, providing visitors—especially school age youth—with an opportunity to weigh the risks of using specific wicked plants.

Visitors will step into a macabre world where plants hold the power. Poisonous, carnivorous, or just plain nasty, the diabolical botanicals represented throughout Wicked Plants are shown in all their fearful glory. Guests will be introduced to infamous plants that have left their mark on history and claimed many an unfortunate victim.

Wicked Plants Educators Guide
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Wicked Plants deadly dining room scene

Wicked Plants: The Exhibit

  • uses an open-ended learning style centered on healthcare and wellness allowing visitors to weigh the risks of using a specific plant/ plant derivative.
  • provides visitors of all ages with an understanding of the actual biochemical, physical and neurological processes between plants and the human body.
  • is a powerful and fun field trip destination with family friendly design for general audiences, addressing all relevant National Science Education Standards for grades 3-8.

Exhibit funded by The North Carolina Arboretum Society and the Creel-Harison Foundation.