Dye garden

Plan for a productive dye garden, Bristol.

Plan for a productive dye garden, Bristol.

In Spring 2019, work has begun in transforming Ria’s inner city Bristol garden into a productive area for growing traditional native dye plants. What was once a lawn will be turned into raised beds full of colour potential! Working with her mother, a horticulturalist, they have selected the best plants for the task, and seedlings are well on their way.

Ria has a long term goal to work exclusively with home grown and native plants. Realising that her own garden is too small to fulfil this wish, a patch of her mother’s garden in Surrey will be used for the larger crops such as madder, weld and woad.

Isatis Tinctoria (Woad) emerging

Isatis Tinctoria (Woad) emerging

Digging over the soil in Farnham

Digging over the soil in Farnham

Coreopsis Tinctoria (Dyer’s Coreopsis) seedlings

Coreopsis Tinctoria (Dyer’s Coreopsis) seedlings