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.

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DCA Greenhouse Group Plant Sale Thank You

We are grateful for the overwhelming response to our sale, and had no idea we would sell out so quickly. Thank you to all our purchasers. And to our 25 volunteers in the Greenhouse Group. Not only did they grow and nurture more than 2000 plants in our greenhouse; they also creatively worked with DCA staff to transform this annual in-person event into an online shopping experience.

The support for the DCA mission and community philanthropy (including our Darien High School college scholarship program and DCA Bird Sanctuary and Nature Trail), especially in these times, is heartwarming.

Past Gardening Activities

Photos from our Holiday Greens Wreath Workshop

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Our 55th Annual DCA Plant Sale

The DCA Plant Sale, run by the DCA Greenhouse Group, offered over 1,500 naturally-grown hardy perennials from their greenhouse: sun-loving, shade-loving, native, deer-resistant, and highly-prized new plants are available. They also offered colorful annuals and some newly-introduced succulents. Tomatoes and other favorites you just can’t live without were also for sale. Many DCA Greenhouse Group members were available to help find the perfect plants for your garden and containers. Proceeds from the sale helped support the DCA’s nonprofit mission, including college scholarships for Darien High School graduates.