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

Free Fall Gardening Workshop
Join the Greenhouse Group for their annual Free Fall Gardening Workshop to learn how we put our garden “to bed” by dividing plants, lightly pruning various shrubs, and updating winter pots. Novice gardeners will be given tips; experienced gardeners are welcome to just help out.

Appropriate clothing for gardening should be worn, and all are asked to bring any hand tools available (trowel, hand shovel, clippers; the group will have some extras for those who don’t). This event is free to all, and children are welcome under their parent’s/guardian’s supervision.  Afterwards participants will enjoy lunch on the patio.

Tuesday, October 16
9:30am – 12:30pm

Reservations are requested to ensure there’s plenty of lunch for all.
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Holiday Greens 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.

Thursday, November 29
9:30am coffee, 10:00am – 11:00am workshop
More info to follow