Gardening activities

The DCA has a long history of gardening activities.  Many of the original members – men especially – were avid gardeners. In our earliest history, the DCA made many plant-related improvements in Darien, such as large-scale planting of trees, and the addition of flowering window boxes at the train station.

Today’s gardening activities are proudly managed by the DCA Greenhouse Group. These events include hands-on workshops in our famous Ellen Biddle Shipman Formal Garden, a holiday craft workshop, speakers on gardening topics, and our annual DCA Plant Sale May 8th and 9th (see below).

Upcoming Gardening activities

The DCA Greenhouse Group will run their annual Free Spring Gardening Workshop on Tuesday, April 22nd.Free Spring Gardening Workshop
Tuesday, April 22nd
9:30am coffee, 10:00am workshop
Free entrance for all

Join the DCA Greenhouse Group for this hands-on gardening workshop outside in the formal garden.

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Annual DCA Plant Sale will be held Thursday May 8th and Friday May 9th at the DCA.DCA Plant Sale & Plant Sale Tea
Great Plants at Great Prices & a
delightful Afternoon Tea,
all for a Good Cause

Thursday, May 8th &
Friday, May 9th, 2014

Shop at the the DCA Plant Sale and stay for afternoon tea. What a perfect day!

Help your garden grow

Shop from over 2,000 organically-grown hardy perennials from our greenhouse: sun-loving, shade-loving, native, deer-resistant, and ‘cool’ new plants are available. A few colorful annuals are on offer too, as well as some strong performers we just can’t live without (and don’t think you’ll want to either). No charge for entry.

Thursday 6:00 – 7:30pm: enjoy a glass of wine while you shop!
Friday 9:00am – noon: sip coffee and let our knowledgeable team help you find the right plants (many will be marked-down).

See many of the plants at

Join us for Tea

Enjoy freshly baked scones with jam and clotted cream, tea sandwiches, and homemade cakes and pastries in our historic home, offered by Carolyn’s Absolutely Fabulous Events. Click for more on our Plant Sale Tea.



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