Dyeing with plants is an ancient craft. While the origin of dyeing is not known, archaeological finds indicate dyes to color textiles from natural sources date back at least 6000 years. The discovery of cheap convenient synthetic dyes in 1856 replaced the use of natural dyes for commercial use.
Denver Botanic Gardens is home to an amazing permanent collection of both indoor and outdoor artworks. Situated in the ever-changing galleries of nature, the stillness of outdoor sculpture offers a window into the shifting moods of the seasons.
Looking for something to do on a rainy day? Grab an umbrella, put on your wellies and experience the beauty of outdoor sculpture at Denver Botanic Gardens against the backdrop of a dramatic Colorado rainstorm.
Practice Makes Perfect: A Botanical Illustration Sketchbook from Denver Botanic Gardens’ School of Botanical Art and Illustration not only represents skills and abilities, but also creativity, ideas and friendship. Illustration can take many forms; it has an ability to transform a page and can add magic to words to present what simple text might imply, but can not say.
Denver Botanic Gardens' waterways provide a spectacular vantage point for sculpture viewing, offering a glimpse into the looking glass to see art amid the living landscape reflected in surprising vistas.
The word “Ikebana” is derived from two words: “ike” which means to live or make alive and “bana(=hana)” which means flowers or plants. “Ikebana” literally means “to make (cut) flowers alive.” While love toward floral beauty has long inspired people in the East and West to decorate their indoor surroundings with cut flowers, leaves and branches, it is a unique characteristic of “Ikebana” to arrange these in a way that expresses the life of the plant materials. Ikebana reflects