The most dangerous garden for pets

Each year thousands of cats and dogs are needlessly poisoned because they eat toxic plants both in the garden and home. In fact, in a recent survey we commissioned with 2,000 cat and dog owners, we found 8% of canines and felines in Britain have ingested poisonous plants or flowers. Of those, 43% needed urgent veterinary care, while 15% sadly passed away.

We think that’s too many which is why we are launching our Pet Safe campaign to provide pet owners with the practical advice and information they need to identify safe and dangerous plants, to recognise the symptoms of poisoning – and what to do in that eventuality – and to reduce the likelihood of their beloved pets becoming ill in the first place.

To launch the campaign we collaborated with 2015 RHS Chelsea gold medal-winning garden designer Ian Drummond to create The Most Dangerous Garden for Pets.
The Most Dangerous Garden for Pets is open to the public every day from 5th – 14th June and is free to enter. It’s located at London’s Horniman Museum & Gardens, South East London as part of this year’s Chelsea Fringe Festival.

The garden houses 40 varieties of plants and flowers that if ingested by cats and dogs are at best likely to result in an upset tummy and at worst lead to death. However, far from being rare and exotic, all of the beautiful plants and flowers in the garden can be found in any home garden, public park or horticultural centre in Britain.

Only humans are allowed in the garden, with a boundary fence preventing any animals from getting too close. Pet owners wishing to enter the garden can leave their pets outside the garden in the care of MORE TH>N garden staff.

Support our Pet Safe Plant campaign

We’re campaigning for plant producers and manufacturers of garden products to urgently provide clear labelling indicating if their items are safe or harmful to cats and dogs – something that 86% of cat and dog owners would like to see. For more information on the petition please pledge your support by tweeting @MORETHAN using the hashtag #safeseeds.

Meet the team behind the garden

Ian Drummond

Horticultural expert Ian works to develop creative and spectacular designs for both corporate and private clients and promote the horticultural industry. When creating The Most Dangerous Garden for Pets, he focused on beautiful plants that could be found a typical British garden – highlighting just how many dangers we could potentially have in our own gardens.
Charlie Dimmock

Charlie Dimmock

Fronting the Pet Safe campaign is Charlie Dimmock - one of Britain’s best known and loved gardeners. She is also an animal lover and dog owner.
Join Charlie for a live Q&A Thursday 11th June, Thursday on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

“The garden is not about telling pet owners to go around uprooting their flower beds – it is however, a simple way to help pet owners make more informed choices when they design their gardens or buy plants for their home. There are many plants and flowers out there that are not toxic to pets and we’ll be offering visitors to the garden information and advice on safe plants for pets. With a little more knowledge in the public domain we can hopefully reduce the numbers of pets that are accidentally poisoned while keeping Britain’s fingers as green as ever.”

Robert White Adams

Working with MORE TH>N on the campaign to advise pet owners on what to do if their pet cats and dogs do eat a poisonous plant is Veterinary expert Robert White-Adams. Dr Robert White-Adams spent the first few years of his career as a traditional vet. Twelve years ago he made the move to dedicate his time to the veterinary care of companion animals species (dogs, cats and other pets). He runs in his hometown of Weston-super-Mare.

Toxic plants used in the garden

Asparagus Fern, Begonia, Buxus Pyramiden, Calla Lily, Cherry Laurel, Chrysanthemum, Clematis, Cordyline, Daisy, Dahlia, Delphinium, Elderberry, Eucalyptus, Flax, Foxglove, Geranium, Grape Plant, Hedera Ivy, Hosta, Hydrangea Ligustrum Privet, Lilium Asian Lily, Lobelia, Lupinus Blue, Marigold, Nerium Oleander, Paeonia Mix, Papaver Poppy, Taxus Baccata Yew, Tomato Plant, Verbena, Wisteria.

Read our tips for a pet safe garden.

For your print out and keep list of toxic plants click here.

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