The Savage Garden

The National Trust for Scotland’s spectacular Inverewe Garden in Poolewe has added a slightly sinister new feature for 2016 – a garden of carnivorous plants.

The Savage Garden has been created close to the pond in the beautiful Wester-Ross garden, featuring striking and unusual carnivorous species including the famous Venus Flytrap (Dionaea muscipula). Amongst the collection are the distinctive Trumpet Plant (Sarracenia flava), which took on the role of a triffid in the 1962 film Day of the Triffids.

Head gardener Kevin Ball told The Landscaper  “The main attraction will, no doubt, be the Venus flytraps, an insectivorous plant which children will have the opportunity to “feed” under supervision. When first seen in action, these small plants are awe-inspiring. They are without doubt the most famous of all carnivorous plants.

“A small raised bog has been created to display the yellow Trumpet Plant. It’s named for its tall flowers with pendulous, bright yellow petals – that happen to smell like male cat pee!”

Originally from North America and South America, these exotic species are an exciting addition to the garden which is famous for its amazing collection of international plants. Garden founder Osgood Mackenzie was a pioneering plantsman, collecting specimens from all over the world to grow at the garden he created from scratch, on a peninsula of bare rock.