From 24 to 28 May 2016 Farm of the World is participating in the Chelsea Flower Show with the AKZONOBEL Honeysuckle Blue(s) Garden.

The dye plant garden Honeysuckle Blue(s) invites visitors to perceive and remember the 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 Dye Garden not only wants to show the beauty of plants, but also the power of the colours they can produce when they are transformed into natural dyes. Unfortunately, the knowledge about these age-old methods is disappearing fast. Natural dyes produce colours that are essentially different. They have depth, shades, nuance, movement and are slightly different every time; they resonate with what we see in nature. In short, they represent a piece of our natural world. The core of the Honeysuckle Blue(s) garden lies in the power of transformation: plants are transformed into vibrant and long lasting dyes, that transform different materials (from cloth to clay) and that are transformed into art. It underlines the power and irreplaceable value of an ever changing and threatened natural diversity.

This idea of transformation is also reflected in the design of the garden. The heart of the garden is a spiral: the universal symbol for development and sublimation. The spiral also reflects the underlying belief in circularity and sustainability: the dying process and the end products, naturally dyed wools and ceramics, are 100% sustainable.

The AKZONOBEL Honeysuckle Blue(s) Garden is designed by visual artist Claudy Jongstra and garden designer Stefan Jaspers.

Photos: Maayke de Ridder & Modeste Herwig