Dye Plant of the Month

The Natural Dye Garden Project (formerly Study Group) began the Janice Ford Memorial Natural Dye Garden at the Denver Botanic Garden Chatfield in 2013-14. We hope that the garden will educate us all about dye plants. Information is available in the Dye Plant of the Month articles below (written by Janet Bare and Judy Lepthien) about the history, growth and dyeing characteristics of various plants. Some of the articles are about plants we planted in the Dye Garden; some will be plants of interest that may not grow very well in our garden. You will be able to see many of the Plants of the Month when you visit our dye garden in the summer!

The Natural Dye Garden Project now (May, 2016)has a Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/growingadyegarden/) and an interactive blog (https://growingadyegarden.wordpress.com/), both moderated by Cathy Jacobus. Visit them for up-to-date information about the doings of the Project.

Click here to read about what we did in the garden in 2014: Overview of 2014 Dye Garden Achievements

Please visit the Natural Dye Garden Project page for photos of garden development!

For more information about the dye garden or the plant of the month, email dyegarden@rmweaversguild.org.

Mullein

Dye Plant of the Month, Summer 2015 – Mullein

Dandelion

Dye Plant of the Month, May 2015 – Dandelion

Dyer’s Chamomile

Dye Plant of the Month, April 2015 – Dyer’s Chamomile

Black-Eyed Susan

Dye Plant of the Month, March 2015– Black-eyed Susan

Dyer’s Broom

Dye Plant of the Month, February, 2015–Dyer’s Broom

Safflower

Dye Plant of the Month, January, 2015–Safflower

Cota

Dye Plant of the Month, November, 2014–Cota

Coreopsis

Dye Plant of the Month, October, 2014–Coreopsis

Indigo

Dye Plant of the Month, September, 2014–Indigo

Weld

Dye Plant of the Month, August, 2014–Weld

Hollyhock

Dye Plant of the Month, July, 2014–Hollyhock

Marigold

Dye Plant of the Month, June, 2014–Marigold

Madder

Madder, detail

Dye Plant of the Month, May, 2014–Madder

Red Amaranth

Dye Plant of the Month, April, 2014–Red Amaranth

Hopi Dye Sunflower

Dye Plant of the Month, March 2014–Hopi Dye Sunflower

Rabbitbrush

Dye Plant of the Month, February 2014–Rabbitbrush