The Textiles West experimental dye garden is located at Flying Pig farm education center in Manitou Springs. We have planted Indigo, Marigold, Coreopsis, and Madder among a few other things.
Sara Anderson is a senior at UCCS and the Textiles West Dye Garden Intern for summer 2018. Sara learns how to grow and use natural dye plants from Peggy and the Textiles West members and then blogs about her findings. Her posts include a series titled For Newbies from A Newbie which aims to guide beginners as they enter the world of natural dyes.
If you want to know everything we know about natural dyeing, you're in luck because we want you to too. We are constantly learning as well. Here are some books and websites to get any aspiring natural dyer started or to help the intermediate gardener to continue learning. Also, check out the For Newbies By A Newbie posts in the blog section above to see a truthful non-intimidating look at how to get started with your own dye plants.
Janice Ford Memorial Dye Garden: https://www.facebook.com/growingadyegarden/
US Department of Agriculture Forest Service - Native Plant Dyes: https://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/ethnobotany/dyes.shtml
Harvesting Color - Rebecca Burgess
A Garden to Dye For - Chris McLaughlin
A Weaver's Garden: Growing Plants for Natural Dyes and Fibers - Rita Buchanan
A Dyer's Garden: From Plant to Pot, Growing Dyes for Natural Fibers - Rita Buchanan
Wild Color, Revised and Updated Edition: The Complete Guide to Making and Using Natural Dyes - Jenny Dean and Karen Diadick Casselman
The Handbook of Natural Plant Dyes: Personalize Your Craft with Organic Colors from Acorns, Blackberries, Coffee, and Other Everyday Ingredients - Sasha Duerr
Indigo: Cultivate, Dye, Create - Douglas Luhanko and Kerstin Neumuller
Wild Colour - Jenny Dean
Harvesting Color: How to Find Plants and Make Natural Dyes - Rebecca Burgess
The Modern Natural Dyer: A Comprehensive Guide to Dyeing Silk, Wool, Linen and Cotton at Home - Kristine Vejar
Natural Color: Vibrant Plant Dye Projects for your Home and Wardrobe - Sasha Duerr