Harvesting Color from the Garden

Photo Gallery: Natural Plant Dyes

Local color: fallen leaves, mint, and roadside fennel yield a variety of hues as close as your neighborhood. Photo: Sasha Duerr

Local color: fallen leaves, mint, and roadside fennel yield a variety of hues as close as your neighborhood. Photo: Sasha Duerr

Fallen leaves, vegetables and herbs from the garden, and weeds and waste otherwise headed for the compost pile, all contain a palette of natural color just waiting to be discovered.

Photos: Sasha Duerr

Photos: Sasha Duerr

Photos: Sasha Duerr

Photos: Sasha Duerr

This coast California landscape provides both inspiration and sourcing for a whole palette of plant color. Photo: Sasha Duerr

This coastal California landscape provides both inspiration and sourcing for a whole palette of plant color. Photo: Sasha Duerr

While hikes in wilder places produce raw materials—fallen leaves, needles, bark, and cones—for a unique color palette very specific to time and place.

Photos: Sasha Duerr

Photos: Sasha Duerr

Nature's own color palette. Photo: Sasha Duerr

Nature’s own color palette. Photo: Sasha Duerr

9781604690712rFor more inspiration and instructions on harvesting color from your landscape check out The Handbook of Natural Plant Dyes by Sasha Duerr, Timber Press, 2010