Take a Brooklyn-Based Walk and Learn How to ID Plants That Can Be Used as Natural Dyes

The free walk includes a tour, cup of cider and a visit to a community garden.

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Naturally dyed wools. Credit: Flickr/AnnaKika


I’m not a particularly motivated plant identifier if the plant in question isn’t edible. But I’m always curious about natural dying techniques, especially if the plant dye in question comes from a plant that grows here.

Even though I’m not at the point where I’ll eat Brooklyn-foraged lambs’ quarters, I’m absolutely willing to use something found on a walk to dye fabric. The Textile Arts Center’s Growing Color Plant ID Walk, which is free to attend and includes a tour through the purple basil, goldenrod, and ironweed of Park Slope, is the ideal low stakes foray into the world of natural fabric dying. The tour, which includes a cup of hot apple cider and a pleasant morning walk through Gil Hodges Community Garden and Prospect Park, takes place on Sunday, November 16 at 4:00 p.m.

The Textile Arts Center also offers in-depth plant-dying courses if you’re interested.

CORRECTION: As of Saturday, November 15, the walk has been rescheduled to Sunday, November 23 from 2—4:00 p.m.




Claire Brown

Claire is the Associate Digital Editor at Edible Manhattan and Edible Brooklyn. When she's not writing about food, she can often be found leading tours at the Union Square Greenmarket.