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Garden Plants to Dye For

  • Gathering Thyme 1447 Fourth Street San Rafael, CA 94901 (map)

Sat, May 2 from 10-2pm

Your garden provides so many resources for fun activities and one of them is for naturally dyeing fabric!  There are endless color combinations, fabric choices, and plants to play around with.  Come learn how to coax different colors from a myriad of native and ornamental plants.  Some plants don’t require additional substances to make the dye bond with the fabric, while others do.  We will discuss the process for bonding dye with fabric and what materials you need to do so.  We will play around with some different plant dyes and participants will get to dye their own silk scarf to take home with them. 

COST: $60 pre-registered or $70 at the door. A materials fee (TBD) will be collected in class.

Jaime Pawelek is a native bee biologist and gardener in Richmond, CA.  She has been studying native bees since 2005 and loves teaching people about bees, as well as designing gardens for bees and other pollinators.  She currently works as a bee taxonomist (identifying bees to species) at UC Berkeley, where she got her B.S. in Conservation and Resources Studies.  Jaime spent several years traveling all over California (and Costa Rica!) studying the relationships between bees and their favorite flowers.  She has given educational talks to Master Gardeners, Native Plant Society Chapters, Beekeeper Associations, garden clubs, and schools and she loves sharing her passion for pollinators.

Jaime began taking classes at Gathering Thyme in the summer of 2016 and started caring for one of the herbal gardens as part of her studies.  Growing her own medicine has helped her expand her botanical knowledge and has given her a new love of plants for their nourishment and healing properties.  Jaime has been gardening professionally for several years and specializes in growing organic food, cut flowers, herbs, fruit, pollinator plants, native plants and now medicinal herbs!  She has been amazed to learn that most of her favorite bee-plants are also valuable medicinal plants, like California poppy, gumplant, and calendula.