It is Tuesday again, we have received another letter in the mail from our mysterious traveller as they wander their way across the lands of Zethyria, taking in the wonders of the land. Today’s log entry comes direct from The Arboretum, an unnatural wonder that must be seen to be believed.
Northwest of Haven is one of the wonders of Zethyria: The Arboretum. Here, the Alchemist Guild of Haven has gathered samples of some of the rarest, extremely beautiful, and most useful herbs in the world. Amateur & Master Gardeners alike can all learn new herbs and techniques here, fine tuning their art so that their potions, elixirs and salves have that extra kick that adventurers need.
The first thing that will grab a visitor’s attention is “Jenny”. Named after the water spirit that donated it to the Arboretum, Jenny is the largest specimen of her type in the entire world. Jenny has been known to capture … the imagination… of several visitors at one time, and is educational for entire family parties. After meeting Jenny you can then stroll through the two gardens, Nox and Diarum, where the night blooming and day blooming plants are cared for respectively. Watch in wonder as the carnivorous plants eat their meals (keep your fingers away from the Piranha Blossoms!), or inhale the heady scent of the Red-Black roses (Hawthorne will be happy to let you help them get their unique color). Arm wrestle with the strangle willows (taking all bets!) to prove your strength, or enjoy a refreshing shower from an Acid Pod!
Highlighted plants for your edification and amusement:
- “Jenny” – The worlds largest snapdragon! Useful for keeping small pests at bay, including flies, squirrels, snakes, gnomes and children.
- Datura Ivy – Useful as a sleeping aide, especially on annoying spouses.
- Hellbore – Useful as a flavoring agent in Troll beer. Keep away from people under the age of 21, or people with a meat based stomach.
- Helter Skelter – Slightly hallucinogenic but great fun at parties.
- Strange Fruit – Fruiting bodies that are decorative and very nutritious.
- Almond Flavored Blossoms – Useful when paired with lace candy for a special treat for that nosy neighbor.
…and many more! Most of the herbs are available in the gift shop as well, so that you can take them home and introduce your friends to new flavors.