Petal Power Horticulture Workshop

On Wednesday, September 14 several GCD members ventured out to the DBG Denver Botanic Gardens – Chatfield Dye Garden for an awesome workshop called Petal Power. The dye garden is full of different varieties of plants that give color to natural fibers. We spent the morning learning about dye plants, and how to use them for color in the dyeing process.

 We harvested plant materials from the gardens, learned how to prepare fabrics to accept color, and how to apply flowers and other plant materials to create beautiful designs on the silk scarves. The volunteers at the gardens were amazing and very patient with us as we struggled with rolling and tying our scarves into little bundles .

We then enjoyed a picnic lunch while the scarves steamed to set the colors. We all anxiously awaited the “Big Reveal” after lunch and were thrilled to see each and every creation. We marveled at how different each scarf came out – success all around!

The group learning about the dye garden and which flowers work in the dyeing process. Photo by Ann Ellis.
Participants showing their finished product. Photo by Suzanne MacKenzie.
Photo by Cindy Scott.
Photo by Cindy Scott.