Natural Dye Workshops

Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens, Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia

Nature and science meet in the botanical gardens, which celebrate the beauty of Nova Scotia's Acadian Forest ecosystem, and provide a learning environment for the public and university students. 

The garden consists of a Medicinal and Food Garden, Conservatory, Formal Walled Garden, and Experimental Garden, and also includes extensive woodland trails.

For these collaborative natural dye workshops between Mamie's Schoolhouse and the botanical gardens, a guided tour and use of native plant material from the gardens is included!

 Do you want to try plant dyes but don’t know where to start? Have you already done some natural dyeing, but would like to expand your understanding and range of techniques? This workshop is the perfect overview of the magical world of beautiful pigments from Nature.

Do you want to try plant dyes but don’t know where to start? Have you already done some natural dyeing, but would like to expand your understanding and range of techniques? This workshop is the perfect overview of the magical world of beautiful pigments from Nature.

 Often referred to as 'contact prints', 'leaf prints', 'botanical prints', or 'ecoprints', this is a very fun and rewarding approach to surface design with natural dyes. No artificial inks or dyes are used in this process, only those extracted from plants directly onto fabric. 

Often referred to as 'contact prints', 'leaf prints', 'botanical prints', or 'ecoprints', this is a very fun and rewarding approach to surface design with natural dyes. No artificial inks or dyes are used in this process, only those extracted from plants directly onto fabric. 

Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens

Acadia University

32 University Avenue

Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6