Gardening Activities


The DCA has a long history of gardening activities. Many of the original members 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 gorgeous Ellen Biddle Shipman-designed formal garden, a holiday craft workshop, and our annual DCA Plant Sale on the Friday before Mother’s Day.

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Upcoming Gardening Activities

DCA Plant Sale

Beautiful Plants at Good Prices, All For a Great Cause

Shop from over 1,500 naturally-grown hardy perennials from our greenhouse: sun-loving, shade-loving, native, deer-resistant, and highly-prized new plants are available. We are also offering a few colorful annuals and some newly-introduced succulents. Tomatoes and other favorites we just can’t live without will also be for sale. Lots of DCA Greenhouse Group members will be available to help you find the perfect plants for your garden or containers.

Several new workshops have been added throughout the morning:
– Container Plantings (10:00am)
– Companion Planting (10:30am)
Plants for Shade (11:00am).

Proceeds from the sale help support the DCA’s non-profit mission, including college scholarships for Darien High School graduates.

Friday, May 11
8:30am – 12:30pm

No charge for entry.

Spring Gardening Workshop
Join us to divide and transplant perennials, plant containers, and prune shrubs on the DCA grounds. Novice gardeners will be given guidance; experienced gardeners are welcome to just help out. Wear clothes appropriate for gardening.

Lunch will be provided.

Tuesday, April 24
9:30am coffee, 10:00am workshop

Free to all!

Reservations are requested. Children are welcome under your supervision.
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Recent Gardening Activities

Holiday Wreath Workshop
Join our Greenhouse Group as they lead you in this hands-on workshop to make a festive wreath of your very own. Bring your gloves, pruners and imagination and we’ll provide the rest, including fresh greens, ribbons and embellishments. Coffee and light refreshments will be served.

Friday, December 1, 2017