August in the Dye garden
August in the Dye garden

My most recent passion is natural dyes. At the Westminster College Nature Center, I maintain a large dyer's garden that I use in one of the courses I teach as well a for private use and research.

Dye Garden
Dye Garden

In the garden I keep polygonum tinctorium or dyer's knot weed for indigo.  There is also Woad for an additional source of blue.   Weld is cultivated for yellows and Coreopsis Tinctoria for orange.   We also harvest and abundance of goldenrod and pokeberry from the fields for more yellows and reds.

Indigo in late September
Indigo in late September

Part of my crop is left for seed production.

Young indigo plants
Young indigo plants

In late February, I start indigo from saved seed in the Westminster College Biology Department's greenhouse.  

August in the Dye garden
Dye Garden
Indigo in late September
Young indigo plants
August in the Dye garden

My most recent passion is natural dyes. At the Westminster College Nature Center, I maintain a large dyer's garden that I use in one of the courses I teach as well a for private use and research.

Dye Garden

In the garden I keep polygonum tinctorium or dyer's knot weed for indigo.  There is also Woad for an additional source of blue.   Weld is cultivated for yellows and Coreopsis Tinctoria for orange.   We also harvest and abundance of goldenrod and pokeberry from the fields for more yellows and reds.

Indigo in late September

Part of my crop is left for seed production.

Young indigo plants

In late February, I start indigo from saved seed in the Westminster College Biology Department's greenhouse.  

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