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Indigo Dyeing at the DBG Chatfield Dye Garden

* This class takes place at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, C-470 and Wadsworth *


Indigo dyeing is pure magic. Learn about the process of indigo dyeing with fresh indigo leaves from the dye garden at DBG Chatfield. Learn about growing indigo plants, how to prepare leaves for dyeing and watch the magic of fabric turning indigo blue in a dye pot. You will learn 2 ways to prepare fresh indigo leaves for dyeing and go home with complete instructions along with dyed fabric samples.


$67, $62 members

Instructor: Donna Brown


Please bring a sack lunch, water bottle, sunscreen, and whatever else is needed to make you comfortable being outside. If you have these items, please bring garden gloves and shears and rubber gloves for dyeing. Please wear clothing appropriate for a hands-on gardening and dyeing class.


About our instructor:

Donna Brown is a natural dye expert and teacher of natural dyeing for over 20 years. She is a natural dye sales representative and ongoing natural dye instructor for Table Rock Llamas and Fiber Arts Studio, in Black Forest Colorado. She is also the natural dye instructor for Recycled Lamb in Lakewood, CO and custom production natural dyer for Treenway Silks in Colorado. She also teaches in venues and craft schools across the US. Donna is an active DBG volunteer working in the Janice Ford Memorial Dye Garden at DBG Chatfield. Here is a link to more information about the dye garden: http://www.rmweaversguild.org/natural-dye-garden/

Introduction to Water Bath Canning at Chatfield


Interested in learning how to use all those copious amounts of cucumbers, hot peppers, and tomatoes? Join us in our beautiful outdoor kitchen for a hands-on simple instructional on how to preserve all your seasonal garden delights with water bath canning.


Each class will be 3 hours long so everyone has a chance to do, see and taste. All participants will take a home a gourmet jar of veggies to enjoy at home. Please note this class is geared towards a beginning audience. Advanced techniques and pressure canning will not be discussed.


$42 member, $45 nonmember

Instructor: Kathy Lee

* Please register by 5 p.m. on Wed, September 23


Image: Courtesy of cjmartin (Flickr)

Ooh La Lavender


Enjoy a Saturday at Chatfield learning all about lavender - how to grow it, how to cook with it, and how to use it for health and wellbeing. It's like three classes in one!


Spend the morning learning from Chatfield staff Angie Jewett about the horticultural side of lavender. She will discuss over a dozen varieties of lavender, primarily those that are hardy for growing in Colorado, including the 14 varieties on site, as well as "exotic" and container varieties. Also to be covered are growing conditions, maintenance, morphology, and anatomy. Angie will demonstrate how to grow lavender for commercial and landscape applications and lead a tour of the new ¾ acre lavender garden that was installed in the Spring of 2015. Our hope is to inspire homeowners and members of the agricultural community alike to consider growing lavender as a low water, disease and pest resistant option with a wide variety of uses.


Then enjoy a lavender themed lunch with popular cooking instructor and herbalist Susan Evans at the beautiful outdoor kitchen. Following lunch, Susan will teach an afternoon class on all the ways to use lavender and discuss the many health and wellness properties of this easy to grow plant. You’ll make and take home Herbes de Provence seasoning blend, soothing lavender/calendula lip balm, conditioning herbal hair rinse, fragrant lavender sachets to scent drawers or to use in the dryer, and a refreshing facial toner. Recipes, refreshments and take home samples included.


Please bring waterbottle and whatever you need to be comfortable outside all day, such as suncreen, hat, and layers. Lunch will be provided.


$67, $62 members


Wild Things Walk at Chatfield

Identification and Uses of Wild Plants for Food and Medicine


Explore the treasure trove of wild herbs, medicinal plants, and edible weeds common to every backyard with clinical herbalist Susan Evans. Learn how to make a blood cleansing tea from red clover, a tasty salad from lambs quarters, stop bleeding with yarrow, and much more. Discover the amazing plants you've been stepping on all these years!


Class will be held outdoors, please dress for the weather.


$24 members, $29 nonmembers


Instructor: Susan Evans



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