The North Carolina Arboretum’s popular, one-of-a-kind traveling exhibit, Wicked Plants, is inspired by author Amy Stewart’s best-selling book “Wicked Plants: The Weed that Killed Lincoln’s Mother and other Botanical Atrocities.” This fun-filled, family-friendly science exhibit gives visitors a safe, hands-on experience with some of the world’s most diabolical botanicals.

Using an open-ended teaching method, Wicked Plants educates visitors – particularly school age youth – about botany, health care and wellness, and demonstrates the actual biochemical, physical and neurological processes between plants and the human body. Two- and three-dimensional interactives fill a Victorian-era ramshackle home, where visitors travel from room to room and learn about various poisonous plants that may be lurking in their homes and backyards. By incorporating history, storytelling and science, Wicked Plants provides visitors with a treasure trove of bloodcurdling botany that will entertain, alarm and enlighten. 

The N.C. Arboretum did a wonderful job creating the Wicked Plants exhibition. In addition to producing a very creepy environment that kids love, they have presented some light-hearted, easy-to-understand content that makes it fun and easy for families to enjoy learning about plant evolution. It’s a fun exhibit!

 — Florida Museum of Natural History


Click on the links below to access more information on the exhibit, its current tour schedule and educator guides.


Ready to book or need more information about Wicked Plants? Please contact Ashlee Lanier at or call 828-665-2492 x. 220.