Shoppers happy to return to Darien Community Association's annual plant sale

DARIEN — The excitement felt by the team of volunteer gardeners in sharing their bounty was only surpassed by the enthusiasm of their customers Friday morning when the Darien Community Association’s Greenhouse Group held its annual sale.

Around 2,500 plants, flowers, herbs and more were available for purchase at bargain prices.

“Most of our plants are $12 and under (and) the majority are price $7 and under,” said Jodie Bishop, who chaired the sale.

More importantly, the greenery has almost all been lovingly grown by the 21 women in the Greenhouse Group, who bring their passion for gardening to help support the DCA’s mission.

“Most things have come from our gardens,” she said. “We grow from seed. We grow from cuttings. And there is a limited amount of plants grown from what we call planks.”

“The plants here are fabulous,” exclaimed Madeleine Treesh of Darien, who joined close to two dozen people who arrived early to have the first look at the offerings put on display out behind the DCA, near its vintage greenhouse.

“This is truly one of my favorite days of the year,” she said.

“They’re plants that we know will do very well in this habitat and will flourish,” she said, because they were born in this region.

“Every year I get amazing things here,” said Cristi Mohr of Darien. “And everybody is super-helpful with answering questions about whatever you’re looking for.”

“You have a slew of experts who are able to help you with whatever you need for your property,” she said, “and it feels nice to be able to buy things here in town.”

Amy Bell, executive director for the DCA, noted that the pandemic helped invigorate an interest in gardening.

“It seems to be that since the pandemic more people are spending time outside,” she said, “wanting to grow their own things.”

“I think it’s educational and therapeutic,” she said. “And all of the sales raise money for our nonprofit mission.”

The DCA is a privately-funded nonprofit that does not receive any financial support from the Town of Darien. Since 1923 we’ve been making our community a nicer place to live, by providing people of all ages a place to gather, give and learn.