Dye Garden

An almost “secret garden”is tucked into the southwest corner of the Herb Garden at the end of the Historic Rose Walk. A cockspur hawthorn hedge forms a boundary on the south and west sides and arches over the Rose Iron Works “secret gate” at the end of the path to the Dye section.

Plants in this garden are those historically and currently used for coloring. They include: dyer’s woad, one of the earliest plants cultivated for its blue pigment; golden rod, Queen Anne’s lace, and bed straw whose leaves, stems, and flowers have long been sources of yellows and greens; and madder whose roots provided the rich red of British red coats and whose pigment was one of the first to be chemically analyzed and then synthesized from coal tar on a commercial scale thus spurring the development of the chemical dye industry.

Please click below to enjoy images of the plants in the Dye section.

Photos by Kate Williams 


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