Dye Garden Tour

Date(s) - 08/21/2019
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Chatfield Farms


A great and educational opportunity to tour the Janice Ford Memorial Dye Garden is scheduled for Wednesday, August 21st. Linda Lugenbill and Judi Arndt will be showing us the actual garden and sharing what a work day at the garden is like. The dye garden is located at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield Farms, 8500 West Deer Creek Canyon Rd, Littleton, CO. You will want to be at the dye garden by 10am or earlier.

Denver Botanic Garden Members have free admission to Chatfield Farms. Nonmembers are charged by vehicle. Up to 5 persons/car is $5.00. The rate changes with larger vehicles. Please park and go into the visitor center to pay. You can pick up a map or get directions to the dye garden from the staff there.

Please note that there are restrooms next to the visitor center (we have none near the dye garden). Please bring your lunch, water, a hat, sunscreen, and mosquito repellent.

If you HAVE NOT already RSVP’d … please RSVP to Kim Villamarin NO LATER THAN Sunday, August 18th. It is important we give Linda Lugenbill and Judi Arndt (Thank you both for showing us the gardens) a head count so they can plan accordingly.

This site tour of the dye gardens works in conjunction with our December program where Linda Lugenbill and Judi Arndt will speak about the Denver botanical Dye garden.

Here are more details with location, cost, etc from Linda about the tour: 

Judi and I are excited about showing the Janice Ford Memorial Dye Garden to interested PPWG members on Wed, August 21st. We thought we would pass on a few bits of info about the outing.

Judi and I generally meet at the Kohl’s parking lot on north Nevada in Colorado Springs, at 6:30 a.m. and drive to the garden. This might be a suitable meeting site (with later departure) for those who wish to carpool. If you could arrive at the dye garden by 10:00 a.m. that would work for us….or come earlier if you wish. We look forward to showing you the actual dye garden and the rest of our summer setup there for dyeing. This year’s garden had a slow start but we are harvesting more each week. You will be able to see all that we do on a regular work day and we might have a couple of dye pots going. The latter has not been scheduled yet.

Everyone is welcome to stay by us or to check out the rest of the gardens. There is an installation by Patrick Dougherty of interlaced sticks nearby as well as the enclosed Butterfly Pavilion that might interest the group. Chatfield Farms is set up for self guided viewing. So you can check out the parts that interest you.

July 19th was another beautiful and successful work day. We harvested, pulled weeds, accommodated 2 dozen kids from kids’ camp, interfaced with the public, and enjoyed each other’s company! It was hot, a bit buggy but we were visited by a number of birds, butterflies, and a couple of hummingbirds! Plus we had 3 dye pots going!

We look forward to sharing this project with our PPWG members next month. Thanks for your interest.