The DCA’s Greenhouse Group is a fun group of ladies who are passionate about plants. Throughout the year they propagate plants from seed, cuttings and plugs (small plants), all for their annual plant sale in May of each year. The group also runs fall and spring gardening workshops (free to the public), a holiday craft workshop in December, and co-hosts an educational speaker in January, jointly with the Garden Club of Darien.
Membership in the Greenhouse Group
Many of our members were novice gardeners when they joined, while others had been gardening for years. All enjoy the continual learning that is just part of gardening – there’s always another plant, another seed, or another weather pattern that makes gardening a rewarding yet challenging activity. Led by co-chairs Robin Ackerman and Rosie Trompeter, members meet monthly as a group on the first Tuesday of the month, holidays permitting. All Greenhouse Group members must be DCA members.
There are three levels of membership:
- Full bench: open to returning members only, at this level a member has a full bench in the Greenhouse, and watering duties of once every other week. They must contribute a minimum of 50 plants to the plant sale. Fee: $75 for the year.
- Half bench: open to returning members only, at this level a member has half a bench to themselves, and watering duties of once every 4 weeks. $50 for the year.
- Associate: open to new and returning members. No bench space is guaranteed with this level, though it is common that other members will let you share their bench. There are also no watering duties. $25 for the year.
Because there is so much to do in a working greenhouse, in addition to growing plants, members are expected to take on at least one job responsibility for the group. Jobs range from hosting the Christmas party, to chairing bug spraying for the group, to managing the purchase of plugs.
Annual intake of new members occurs over the summer. Membership is limited, due to the number of available benches on which members grow plants for themselves and the sale. When membership is full, we offer a wait list. If you’re interested in learning more about becoming a Greenhouse Group member, please contact our membership chair Sue Hayes at firstname.lastname@example.org
About the DCA Greenhouse
The Lord and Burnham Greenhouse on the grounds of the DCA is an original feature of the DCA estate. At that time, plant material for the grounds and for the formal garden was grown in the greenhouse by a full time gardening staff. The Greenhouse Group is proud to be able to keep this historic working greenhouse in operation.