Formal Garden formal garden offers an elegant retreat, perfect for cocktail parties, weddings, luncheons and more.

The DCA’s formal garden was designed by Ellen Biddle Shipman. Ms. Shipman was called the “Dean of American Women Landscape Architects” by House & Garden magazine. She designed more than 650 gardens across the United States during the first half of the twentieth century, including those of many prominent industrialists, such as the Fords, the Astors, and the du Ponts.

Shipman’s garden designs reveal the importance she placed on privacy, with the garden serving as a secluded retreat from daily life. Her gardens are also noted for their borders.

All DCA rental rooms look out to this garden, with access from first floor rooms available through French doors.  Guests may additionally enter and exit the garden from our spacious parking area.  See our formal garden in all of the seasons in photos below.

Dimensions: 87′ x 72′
Suggested maximum occupants: 250 for auditorium seating; 400 for receptions
Formal Garden diagram – click to open as pdf

The DCA Meadowlands Formal Garden offers a lovely site for weddings.

The DCA Meadowlands formal garden offers a lovely site for weddings.

Set for a springtime cocktail party

Colorful planters are positioned throughout the DCA Meadowlands formal garden.

Colorful planters are placed throughout the garden

Contact us

For further information or a tour of the estate, please contact Laura Boulton, our Catered Events Coordinator, at or 203-655-9050 extension 12.

View the DCA Meadowlands Catered Events Brochure through this link.

View the DCA Meadowlands Rental Contract for Catered Events including rental fees through this link (pdf document).

Our formal garden in early spring:


Our formal garden in late spring:

Our formal garden in the summer:



Our formal garden in the fall:















 formal garden in the winter: