On Wednesday 9 May our dye crop garden, Honeysuckle Blue(s), opens at the Blokhuispoort in Leeuwarden. The garden is part of Leeuwarden-Fryslân 2018 and shows the power and potential of natural dyes in plants.

In 2016 Farm of the World participated in the Chelsea Flower Show, a very prestigious garden show held every year in London. Visual artist Claudy Jongstra together with garden designer Stefan Jaspers designed a dye plant garden with the title Honeysuckle Blue(s) Garden, which was supported generously by AkzoNobel and the Netherlands Embassy in London. The garden won a Silver-Gilt medal in the category Fresh Garden.

The Honeysuckle Blue(s) garden is closely connected to the project Farm of the World, which Jongstra developed, together with Claudia Busson and Gitta Luiten, for Leeuwarden-Fryslân 2018. We are very pleased the Honeysuckle Blue(s) garden is being rebuild and extended as part of LF2018. We are happy with this chance to draw attention to the philosophy of Farm of the World at this prominent location, and to share our success in London with visitors from Europe, the Netherlands and from Friesland.

The dye plant garden Honeysuckle Blue(s) invites visitors to perceive and remember the (almost) forgotten knowledge about plant colours and their qualities. By showing yet another side of ‘ordinary’ plants, we hope to create a new appreciation and a sense of wonder about the unknown resources that are all around us.

The Honeysuckle Blue(s) is made possible by: Leeuwarden-Fryslân 2018, Stichting DOEN, Mondriaan Fund and Iona Foundation. The garden is also generously supported by: Friehof Hoveniers, Cruydt-Hoeck Wildebloemenzaden, Wildeplanten kwekerij De HeliantKwekerij Heutinck, Nobre Cál halfverharding and Handelsbedrijf R. Postmus.

Honeysuckle Blue(s) garden is located at the last courtyard behind Alibi Hostel.