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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Greenhouse Group 2023 Fall Events 

The Fall Gardening Workshop: Tuesday, October 17th, 9:30am – 11:30am

Curious what needs to be done in your garden? Join our Gardening Workshop for a little hands-in-the-dirt practical learning at this community event. See how we put our Formal Garden ”to bed” by dividing perennials, lightly pruning various shrubs, and updating our planters, among other things. Come join our experts to learn something new and help our community. This is a hands-on workshop – wear your boots and bring your clippers! Lunch will be provided.

This workshop is free and you do not have to be a DCA member to attend.

Click here to register for the Workshop

Scenes from previous Gardening Workshops


The Greenhouse Group had its annual Fall Gardening Workshop in October. Thank you to everyone who came out to help prune, trim and weed. Our formal garden looks fantastic!

DCA Annual Plant Sale
Thank you to everyone who came out in the rain to support us!

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 were 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.

Holiday Greens Wreath Workshop Photos 2021
Many beautiful and creative wreaths were made during our workshop. A special thanks goes out to the members of the Duo Piano Group for playing live music during our event!

Check out our DCA Facebook page to see all photos from this event. Don’t forget to “like” us!