Online - Planning the Dye Garden

Folk Art School

Vesterheim Folk Art School

Online - Planning the Dye Garden

Thursdays, March 24 & 31 (5:00-7:00 pm CT) with Lesley Darling

$95.00 Members
$105.00 Non-members

In this workshop, students will learn how to design a garden that integrates dye plants, pollinator habitat, useful things, and that beautiful Scandinavian wildflower look. Not only will we discuss plants, but we'll think about layout, integrating flowers into veggie beds, making it work if all you've got is containers, and general garden improvement. Plus, students will receive a curated collection of seeds to plant at home! There will be something for everyone, whether it’s your first year gardening, or you've been at it for years.

Welcome to all individuals, regardless of your garden setup (property owner, condo, rental, community garden, etc). Gardening is central to Scandinavian culture and continues to be a vibrant lifestyle in rural communities. Additionally, traditional Scandinavian culture is centered on community traditions of mutual aid around growing and harvesting. From potato plots, planting and harvesting flax for the whole community, and sharing food when times were sparse, it's the traditional way of life. We'll touch on these community elements in class!

Supplies: A kit of materials (a $35 value!) including a curated collection of seeds and a sweet treat from Vesterheim is included in the registration fee. You'll also need a work surface like a sturdy table, good light, a pair of scissors, and a computer, laptop, or tablet with a camera and mic as well as a fast, reliable internet connection.

The listed class time is two live Zoom sessions on Thursdays March 24 & 31 (5:00-7:00 pm CT).

Special Instructions: When registering for the class, please make sure to use the address you'd like the kit shipped to, and the email address you'd like the Zoom meeting invitations sent to. You will receive links to the Zoom sessions by email sometime during the week prior to the class. If this class is a gift, please sign up with the recipient's mailing and email addresses or be prepared to forward all communications and/or kit supplies.

If you are registering for this class in a location outside the United States, you will need to provide your own supplies. Please contact when you register for more information about what materials are required for this class.

Enrollment Deadline: March 10, 2022

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About the Instructor

Lesley Darling

Lesley Darling

Hailing from the Great Plains, Lesley Darling's passion for fiber and folklife has led her on quite the journey, including herding rare-breed sheep in Wales and learning a dying language while knitting with elders in Sweden. In addition to growing and foraging natural dyes, she practices off-road knitting, creates conceptual nature-based garments, and occasionally spins and weaves. She teaches throughout the Midwest and Appalachia and loves to work with beginners and intermediate students with humor while sparking their curiosity for folk culture.