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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.

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Achillea millefolium (Yarrow)

Pale yellow to pale green.

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Alcea rosea (Hollyhock)

The dark red, nearly black blooms produce lavender to gray colors on wool yarn mordanted with alum.

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Cosmos sulphureus 'Cosmic Yellow' (Cosmos)

Bright yellow on wool yarn mordanted with alum.

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Cosmos sulphureus 'Cosmic Orange' (Cosmos)

Bright yellow on wool yarn mordanted with alum.

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Cosmos sulphureus 'Cosmic Red' (Cosmos)

Orange on wool yarn mordanted with alum.

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Coreopsis tinctoria 'Roulette' (Plains Coreopsis)

Orange-red on wool yarn mordanted with alum.

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Coreopsis tinctoria (Plains Coreopsis)

Yellow to golden brown on wool yarn mordanted with alum.

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Cota tinctoria (Golden Chamomile)

Bright yellow on wool yarn mordanted with alum.

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Genista tinctoria (Dyer's Greenweed)

Bright yellow on wool yarn mordanted with alum.

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Helianthus annuus 'Hopi Black Dye' (Hopi Sunflower)

Mature seeds give a gray color on wool yarn mordanted with alum.

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Persicaria tinctoria (Japanese Indigo)

Leaves give a blue color on wool or silk in a hot bath; an ice bath gives an aqua color. No mordant is required.

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Reseda luteola (Dyer's-Rocket)

Leaves and stems give a yellow to greenish-yellow color on wool yarn mordanted with alum.

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Rubia tinctorum (Common Madder)

The underground rhizomes give orange to red color on wool or silk mordanted with alum.

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Rudbeckia hirta (Black-Eyed Susan)

Heads with ray flowers and disk flowers give green dye; disk flowers used alone give a blue dye on wool yarn mordanted with alum.

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Tagetes erecta (African Marigold)

Gives yellow color on wool, cotton or silk mordanted with alum.

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Tagetes patula (French Marigold)

Gives yellow to gold or golden brown on wool mordanted with alum.

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Thelesperma filifolium (Plains Navajo Tea)

Gives yellow color on wool or silk mordanted with alum.

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