SP20 Growing Color Symposium

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Thursday March 12

8:30 AM  –  4:00 PM


Presented by The North Carolina Arboretum

Growing Color Symposium 2020

Thursday, March 12, 2020; 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

$115 Member | $125 Non-member | $90 Student*

Lunch is included in the cost of registration. 

*Students must register through faculty adviser over the telephone. Call 828.665.2492, ext 222, for information and registration. 


There is a growing demand for natural color for use in the textile, cosmetic, and food industries, but local sources for many of these dyes are scant. Growing Color is designed for professionals in the farming, herb, and textile industries and for anyone interested in the fascinating history and potential of plant-based color. The conference aims to focus awareness about issues and opportunities in plant dyes and encourage a sustainable natural dye industry in Western North Carolina.  The 2020 symposium will expand its emphasis to include growing naturally colored fibers with Sally Fox’s presentation on her research and development in naturally colored cotton.


Keynote Speaker: Sally Fox

Featured Speakers: Sarah Bellos, Catharine Ellis, Donna Hardy

and Rowland Ricketts


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