Logo consisting of silhouettes of dyeplants and the words natures rainbow

News About Courses and Seeds

Updated 4th April 2022

Seeds

We collect seed as flowering and weather conditions permit. Fresh seed from the 2021 crop is on sale now. If you are involved in a big project and require bulk woad or Japanese indigo seed, please get in touch as we have good stocks of some plant seed at present.  Read more here

Madder

We are regularly digging madder and sell root cuttings online in Spring.

Garden visits and plant sales

We host garden visits for small groups. Each visit is typically two hours long although we can tailor a visit to suit you. If you subscribe to our newsletter you will get advance notice of dates. Please contact us if your group would like a bespoke visit. A selection of plants are usually available to purchase on the day.

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Bespoke Garden Design Package
A package of 1-1 support including zooms, phone/email and posted seeds and plants for anyone wanting advice and guidance on setting up or extending a dye garden.  Further details here

Workshops and Courses

We have returned to teaching ‘in person’ workshops using the outdoor classroom at the Hitchin Triangle Community Garden.  See our shop for details.

In August 2022 we will teach a weekend masterclass in Dartington, Devon on How to Plan and Plant a Dye Garden. Email us for details.

Here are details of the  workshops we provide in Hitchin:

How to plan and plant a dye garden. An introductory day where you can explore an established working dye garden on a compact allotment site. Each person gets some 1-1 design support and goes home with seeds, seedlings and young plants to put the ideas into practice as soon as possible.

Dye garden in June

Natures Rainbow Dye Garden in June

 

One day dye workshops where you start by picking the dye plants, then extract the dyes and use them to colour a useful quantity of material appropriate to your chosen craft. We aim to be flexible and accommodate people who are confident to mordant their own materials in advance, as well as cater for those new to plant dyeing.

Japanese Indigo leaves steeping

Japanese Indigo leaves steeping in water to extract the indigo

 

 

Two day workshops where you can go deeper into a subject. Some things need more than a single day for best results. We have developed a Two Day Mordanting workshop and a Dyecraft Retreat Weekend where you can explore a single dyeplant in depth.

Madder dye variation by mordant and modifier

Madder dyed yarns with various mordants and modifiers

 

 

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Our dye garden in Hitchin is only 5 minutes walk from a mainline station well served by trains between London, Peterborough and Cambridge. We are next door to a fabulous community garden project, The Triangle Community Garden, which has a well-equipped indoor space for small workshops and a brand new outdoor classroom for Covid-safe tuition.

We are thoroughly enjoying sharing our skills and knowledge with people who, like us, are enchanted by deriving colour from their home grown dyeplants.  Please do get in touch if you would like to work with us.

All courses can be booked here

With all good wishes

Susan

+44 1462 422814