The DCA Greenhouse Group will be offering “beautiful plants at great prices, all for a good cause” on Friday, May 11, at the Darien Community Association from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The DCA Plant Sale, run by the greenhouse group members, offers more than 1,500 naturally-grown hardy perennials from their greenhouse: “sun-loving, shade-loving, native, deer-resistant, and highly-prized new plants are available.” They are also offering a few colorful annuals, some newly-introduced succulents and tomatoes and other favorites. There is no fee for entry. Proceeds help support the DCA’s nonprofit mission, including college scholarships for Darien High School graduates.

New this year will be several free workshops conducted by the greenhouse members:

Container Planting at 10 a.m. 

This workshop will highlight some of the plants offered at the sale, both perennial and annual, and include tips on the choice and combination of plants, as well as the care and maintenance of planters. Feel free to bring in your planters or pictures and measurements. Flora Smeaton, a British-born lover of gardens and gardening, studied for the Connecticut Master Gardener certification in 2011 and has been putting her knowledge and experience into practice ever since. 

Companion Planting at 10:30 a.m.

“It's helpful to think of building good plant communities when planning a garden,” the event’s organizers said in a press release. “This is the most important concept behind companion planting. Time-tested garden wisdom holds that certain plants grown close together become helpmates." Attendees will learn how some varieties of plants grown in the DCA Greenhouse assist each other by attracting beneficial insects, repelling pests, and providing nutrients, shade, or support.

Plants for Shade at 11 a.m.

Liz Dwyer moved to Darien 18 years ago and started her gardens from scratch. Through trial and error she has found winning combinations that add interest and even color all year round despite the lack of light. Some of the plant selections she has used in shade will be available for purchase at the plant sale.

Many greenhouse members will be available all morning to answer your questions and help you plan your gardens and containers. For more details, visit or contact the DCA at or 203-655-9050, ext. 10. These events will be held at the DCA, at 274 Middlesex Road.