Dyeing workshop at the May Arboretum

August 4, 2011

Flowers and other materials growing in the garden make for wonderful natural dyes. Learn how to use these garden materials to create a unique silk scarf during a hands-on workshop offered by the Rancho San Rafael Botanical Society at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 6, 2011 in the Wilbur D. May Arboretum.

Botanical Society member Marilynn Clark will demonstrate how to extract dyes from dead-headed flowers to color scarves. Clark is an expert on natural dyeing and has taught dye classes in both the United States and Canada.

Class cost is $50; $40 for Rancho San Rafael Botanical Society members. There is also a $10 material fee. Proceeds from the workshops will benefit the May Arboretum. Meet at the Rancho San Rafael Regional Park Visitor Center located right outside the Arboretum (1595 N. Sierra Street, Reno). Proceeds from the workshop will benefit the May Arboretum.

The Wilbur D. May Arboretum and Botanical Gardens celebrates 25 years as the region’s premier public garden in 2011. The arboretum opened in May 1986 as an outdoor, living museum and educational resource. The gardens illustrate how plant life adapts and survives in the rugged climate between the Sierra Nevada and Great Basin.

Source: Washoe County Parks press release.

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