Growing a Natural Dye Garden
This presentation will tell the story of the Janice Ford Memorial Dye Garden which is a natural dye garden that Donna started in 2014. It is a collaboration between the Rocky Mountain Weavers Guild (RMWG) and the Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield Farms (DBG) in order to preserve fiber traditions through education. DBG is an historic homestead site and currently a working farm. Donna is a passionate natural dyer and teaches this art across venues in the United States and abroad. When the Ford family donated money to the RMWG in their daughter’s memory, Donna approached DBG about planting a dye garden and the project took off from there. Within the RMWG a natural dye study group was formed. This presentation will provide a slide tour of the garden and the group’s many activities, will discuss the research used to decide which plants to grow and show the colors they produce.