This garden is a joint project begun in 2013 by the family of Janice Ford, Denver Botanic Gardens, and the Rocky Mountain Weavers Guild (RMWG) Natural Dye Garden Project. Plants in the Dye Garden include both perennials and annuals that yield wonderful natural dyes that can be used to color yarns, fabrics and basketry materials. Among the plants in the garden are indigo, black hollyhocks; yellow, orange and red cosmos; dyer’s chamomile; weld; cota; Hopi sunflowers; madder; black-eyed susan and dyer’s broom.
Volunteers who work in the garden learn to grow and use plants for dyeing yarn, fabric and basketry materials. Members of the project support various outreach events sponsored by Denver Botanic Gardens, RMWG and various local civic and historical organizations, demonstrating spinning, weaving and dyeing. Visitors may see demonstrations at the Lavender Festival at Chatfield Farms, Denver Botanic Gardens' children’s camps, the National Western Stock Show and other local history day events.
For more information, visit the Facebook page “Janice Ford Memorial Dye Garden” and the blog: Growing a Dye Garden