The Poisonous Pawtanical Garden has been created by More Than insurance to raise awareness of the dangers of pets being poisoned by plants. One in three pet owners (31 per cent) admit they have no idea if the plants in their garden are toxic to pets.
Veterinarian Robert White-Adams and 2015 RHS Chelsea gold medal-winning garden designer Ian Drummond, of Indoor Garden Design have created the garden, while. In addition, the campaign ambassador is TV gardener and dog fan Charlie Dimmock.
More Than is calling on plant producers and manufacturers of garden products to provide clear labelling on the toxicity of plants for cats and dogs.
According to research by More Than with 2,000 cat and dog owners eight per cent of canines and felines in Britain have ingested poisonous plants or flowers. Of those, 43 per cent subsequently needed urgent veterinary care, while 15 per cent died.
The garden houses over 30 varieties of plants and flowers that if ingested by cats and dogs can make them ill.
They include Begonia, Buxus, Chrysanthemum, Clematis, Cordyline, Daisy, Dahlia, Elderberry, Digitalis Foxglove, Grape plant, Hydrangea, Hedera Ivy, Lillies (variety), Prunus Rotundifolia Laurel, Marigold, Nerium Oleander, Paeonia mix, Papaver Poppy, Tomato plant and Wisteria.
Charlie Dimmock said: "The More Than Poisonous Pawtanical Garden isn’t about telling pet owners to go around uprooting their flower beds - it’s a way to help them make more informed choices when they design their gardens or buy new plants for their home as well as being more aware of the garden plants they already have.
"There are many plants and flowers out there that aren’t toxic to pets and we’ll be offering visitors to the garden information and advice on safe plants for pets. With this advice we can hopefully reduce the number of pets that are accidently poisoned while keeping Britain’s gardens colourful and interesting."