Medicine: The Deadly Garden

The bright orange and blue blossom of the bird-of-paradise plant sways gently in the breeze. Moistened by a wintry rain, the leaves of an azalea shed pearls of water. Except for the tile mosaic of a skull that lies in their midst, the cluster of plants looks like just another pretty California backyard garden. In fact, the attractive foliage masks the sinister nature of the display. Located in a walled courtyard outside the pediatrics clinic at the Kaiser-Permanente Medical Center in Fontana, Calif., the garden consists of 20 plants, all of them popular...

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