In a deserted artist's studio in the heart of Rome, detectives stumble upon a scene of shocking brutality: two bodies, freshly killed. Looming over them is a painting that bears all the hallmarks of a Caravaggio: a brilliantly colored canvas depicting a violent tableau of beauty and depravity. . . . In David Hewson's bold new novel of suspense, this grisly discovery sends Detective Nic Costa on a desperate chase through the streets of his city. The consequences are devastating. And for Nic, the case has only just begun.At the crime scene, detectives find a treasure trove of evidence—from fresh blood to lurid photos of dead prostitutes. For Costa, finding the killer who escaped him is intensely personal. But his prime suspect arrogantly hides in plain sight behind a fortress of money, power, and the law. Teaming with an art expert, Costa follows clues hidden in the mysterious Caravaggio canvas. As he moves through a maze of history, he begins to make stunning connections to the present case. And each discovery brings him closer and closer to a secret buried in a priceless work of art, a conspiracy dating back four hundred years—and men who will stop at nothing to protect their own private garden of evil.From modern forensics to the realm of the Medicis, from the force of faith to the corruption of power, The Garden of Evil is a novel steeped in Roman history—and an unforgettable experience in richly atmospheric, modern-day suspense.
Scale can vary greatly. A common type of Death World consists entirely of this. In instances where the garden grows, expect The End of the World as We Know It. See The Hedge of Thorns, When Trees Attack and Lost in the Maize. Plant Mooks, Alien Kudzu, a Man-Eating Plant and Meat Moss can often be found growing here. No relation to the Garden of Sinners. Contrast Last Fertile Region, Garden of Love, and Garden of Eden (usuallly).
Card Games Magic: The Gathering: Downplayed, but both the Simic Combine and the Golgari Swarm of Ravnica produce these. The Simic Combine's \"parks\" are open-air labs full of bio-engineered plants and animals, almost all of which are deadly, as they continually experiment with pushing evolution to new heights. The Golgari's rot-farms and dripping jungles are a grosser version, typically full of Festering Fungi (which are often mobile, aggressive, hallucinogenic, acid-spitting, carnivorous, or any combination thereof), Big Creepy-Crawlies, zombies, and combinations thereof. The Selesnya Conclave subverts it at first glance, but ultimately plays it straight. The paradisaical gardens where every inhabitant and creature seemingly lives in harmony will instantly turn on an outsider as one singular angry organism, with the very garden itself coming to life to attack you if you prove too resilient. Yu-Gi-Oh! gives us the \"Black Garden\" card, which turns battles into strange fights of attrition. Summoned monsters get their ATK points halved, and a plant token is summoned to the opposite side of the field when a monster is summoned.
Fan Works The Assassins' Guild in the Discworld is expanded on in the fics of A.A. Pessimal. The story Murder Most 'Orrible introduces Doctor Davinia Bellamy, who becomes Botany Teacher at the Guild School. Her preferred means of servicing the needs of the client involves the language of flowers, which inevitably say Drop Dead! in a variety of elegant ways. Her attitude to gardening involves planting interesting hedgerow and verge plants to mark the boundaries of her property and using pot-plants such as the Apache Hospitality Cactus and a bonsai version of the Pyramid Strangler Vine note Bonsai is a matter of scale. She has scaled a plant that can grow three hundred feet tall and occupy an area of several hundred square yards down to a more manageable eight feet or so as security systems in her florist shop. Her garden is marked with interesting and decorative border plants such as the Hergenian Ironthorn with its long stilleto thorns, the Astoria Trailing Creeper that deals with things like snails, slugs and rats, Catbitenote A plant that thinks catnip is for wimps, Lancre Thistles, and nettles that deliver a more painful rash. The Guild of Thieves warns its members about Bellamy-designed gardens. \"Do not go there\" sums up the warning. Child of the Storm has the surroundings and innards of Project Pegasus as this, with Doctor Lake, a former employee, describing in loving detail how bad the ordinary plants are - all Real Life examples of horrifying plant life. The magical and magically altered examples are exponentially worse, with Cordyceps zombies infectious enough to overwhelm Deadpool's monstrously powerful Healing Factor being just the start. And that's not even getting into the things living in it. As Strange hammers home, even in a more or less dormant state, even avoiding the worst, even accounting for the fact that it was scoured of its very worst by Alan Scott, it is still a magically bioengineered weapons factory of nightmares. This is emphasised by the fact that Scott barely managed to seal it and had to leave his Lantern behind to keep it shut - the rough equivalent of Thor leaving Mjolnir behind to hold something shut. Ever since, it's been a cautionary tale not to mess with magic. A great deal of this is explained by the fact that the project had been infiltrated by Nimue, an extremely skilled Earth-mage who'd been Brought Down to Badass and whose idea of regaining power involved creating her own version of the Lantern by cracking open the planet. The sheer magical overspill overclocked everything and turned it into a nightmare.
Theme Parks The theme of Busch Gardens' Howl-O-Scream event in 2011 and 2012, \"The Dark Side of the Gardens\", revolved around a creepy supernatural garden filled with evil plants and many hordes of zombies.
Western Animation Batman: The Animated Series: Pamela Isley's privately owned greenhouse in her debut episode \"Pretty Poison.\" It features a Trap Door hidden pit of overgrown, razor sharp cacti and a giant, carnivorous flytrap with python strength tendrils it uses to ensnare it's prey. In Rose Petal Place, Nastina's side of the garden is thorny and nasty, and her castle is a tin can fortress. The South Park episode \"Rainforest Shmainforest\" portrayed the jungles of Costa Rica as this. It leads the boys to decide that maybe deforestation isn't so bad after all.
Real Life Australia. To be more precise, Australia's brush is home to extraordinarily dangerous venomous animals, including the death adder, the Sydney Funnelweb spider, bulldog ants, and green ants, with the very least of them being merely agonizingly painful. In particular, green ants often infest suburban lawns, thereby making mowing the grass life-threatening. Even worse are the Indonesian-Australian stinging nettles of the genus Dendrocnide, often known as \"stinging trees,\" or \"stingers.\" All three species have large leaves covered with venomous, silica-tipped stinging hairs that can cause painful rashes that can sometimes last for months. There are numerous cases of humans, dogs and horses dying from being stung by the giant stinging tree and gympie stinger species. Ilha da Queimada Grande, home to five of the most venomous snakes in the world per square meter. The Alnwick Garden in the UK has a special section that consists entirely of poisonous plants, some of which are common garden plants. They even have a special licence to have coca and marijuana plants on display. Website here. The gate leading to the Poison Gardens carries a simple message in large letters \"These Plants can Kill\". And boy do they mean it. Blackberry hedges. Blackberries are great, clipping them is not... Especially when they are overgrown with stinging nettles after some years of neglect. Poison ivy can be quite pretty in season, when its reddish hues are clearest, and spreads quickly into disturbed habitats such as neglected gardens.
Afterwards, grab the wooden flag that is inside the rock in the center of the rock garden to get our second objective, \"Beacons Bright\", which requires us to light the three torches surrounding the rock garden. This can easily be done with the Hairspray, but make sure to only tap it in case you need the fuel later. From here, get a killcount of 5 spiders to open our first Zen Gate and gain access to the next area.
Before leaving, turn around and circle the Rock Garden to locate a small Pink Bonsai and take it with you for a puzzle shortly. After entering the first Zen Gate, we'll find our first piece of equipment on the ground in front of us, the Trimmer. This weed wacker is going to prove useful later on for another Achievement that is unique to this chapter. Around the next corner, we'll find our third objective flag in another rock, \"Life Imitates Art\", which requires us to solve the Bonsai puzzle in this area. Continue walking forward to be greeted by the puzzle which requires us to place three small Pink Bonsais next to the tree they look like. The first Bonsai was back at the rock garden, which is why I asked for you to take it with you; the second is behind us on the path we took from the Trimmer, and the third is already here. The puzzle can be brute forced by trying all combinations, but simply looking at each tree should be enough to get it right on your first few tries.
But now Ellis is missing, betrayed by one of his followers, the maker who has stolen the secret of Ellis's greatest discovery. He plans to use its power to rid the universe of life and replace it with machines obedient to his evil will.
Twenty years ago, a much younger Sultan heard of a magnificent, magical garden and plucked a flower to take home to his new bride. This aroused the anger of the garden's master, an enchanter named Arbutus, who sees himself as an artist and creates beautiful living things, but despises man for seemingly carelessly destroying his work. The only way he allows the Sultan to leave alive is the promise of the Sultan's most valuable treasure twenty years later... which turns out to be Jasmine. 59ce067264