Make Colour with Plants

Sunday 11 September 2022, 10:00am
Triangle Community Garden, Hitchin
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    In this workshop you will discover the rich and complex colours contained in native plants, many of which are easy to grow and are excellent for wildlife.

    Plants have been used for dyeing for over 3000 years and our ancestors developed a wealth of knowledge about which ones give the brightest and most permanent colours. The regenerative fashion movement is looking to these same plants as a possible alternative to synthetic dyes.

    Spend a day in the Nature’s Rainbow dye garden creating a colourful collection of woollen yarn samples. Learn about the native blue from Woad, yellows from Weld, Sawwort and Dyer’s Broom, oranges and reds from Lady’s and Hedge Bedstraw and Dyer’s Woodruff plus the queen of the reds from Common Madder.

    Tutors Susan and Ashley have over 15 years experience growing and using dye plants and maintain an extensive blog about dye plant horticulture at They believe that learning to grow and dye with plants teaches us to slow down, deepen our connection to nature and appreciate the limits of natural systems

Hot drinks and cake will be available – please bring a packed lunch.

The workshop is held mostly outside, with the cover of an outdoor classroom area in case of rain. 

£40 per person.  Suitable for adults and older children.

We will refund you in full if the event has to be cancelled by us. If you discover that you are unable to come please contact us as soon as possible as it may be possible to offer your place to someone else, in which case we will refund your fee less a £5 admin fee.  No refunds within 7 days of the event.

Proceeds from this event will go towards supporting the work of Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust.


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