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

Fall Gardening Workshop

Tuesday, October 15
9:30 – 12:30pm
Coffee, workshop, lunch

Join the Greenhouse Group for their annual 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. Afterward, participants will enjoy lunch on the patio.

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

Thursday, December 5
10:00am 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 a variety of embellishments. Coffee and light refreshments will be served.

DCA members $25
Public $35

Prepayment is required by Monday, December 2.
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Spring Gardening Workshop

Tuesday, April 21, 2020
9:30 – 12:30am
Coffee, workshop, lunch

Spring returns! Join us to divide and transplant perennials, plant containers, and prune shrubs in this annual lovely day outside on the DCA grounds.

Novice gardeners will be given guidance on various techniques; experienced gardeners are welcome to just help out.

Wear clothes appropriate for gardening, and bring any hand tools you have (trowel, hand shovel, clippers; we will have extras if you don’t). Afterward, we’ll enjoy a light lunch on the patio.

Reservations are requested to ensure there’s plenty of lunch for all.
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Recent Gardening Activities

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.