Updated 25 March 2021
Thank you to everyone who has bought seed from us in 2021. We still have some stock of many dyeplants. If what you are looking for is unavailable be assured we will be collecting seed again at the end of the current season.
We are regularly digging madder and occasionally have root cuttings and root ‘crowns’ available to buy online. This is dependent on the season.
Sign up to our newsletter to be the first to know when new seed or plants are available to buy.
Coronavirus update: All face-to-face workshops are currently on hold but we may offer informal small group garden visits in May/June 2021. Susan is meanwhile available for online talks. The gardening continues and an online workshop programme may appear in due course.
New! Bespoke Garden Design Package
A package of 1-1 support including phone/email and posted seeds and plants for anyone wanting advice and guidance on setting up or extending a dye garden. Further details here
Thinking ahead to the future, here are details of the workshops that, in normal times we provide here 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.
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.
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.
To be kept up to date as soon as new courses are launched, sign up for newsletters here.
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 – before the arrival of coronavirus. The project is in the process of developing an outdoor classroom and as soon as this is available to hire we will re-evaluate options for small group face-to-face 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
+44 1462 422814