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In the short story How Does Your Garden Grow?, Miss Amelia Barrowby was an elderly lady who lived at her cottage, Rosebank, Charman's Green, Buckinghamshire with her niece Mary Delafontaine and Mary's husband. At the beginning of the story Amelia wrote to Poirot asking him to investigate a family matter with utmost discretion. However, by the time Poirot called on her, she was already dead, having been poisoned by strychnine.

Portrayals

Amelia Barrowby was played by Margery Mason in the film adaptation of How Does Your Garden Grow? in Series 3 of ITV's Agatha Christie's Poirot. In this adaptation, besides writing a letter to Poirot, she also encounters him during the Chelsea Flower Show. There she is afraid to say too much in care she is overheard but she slips him an empty seed packet which later serves as a useful clue. This plot device is not in the original.

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