Who We Are
Welcome to TheDCH
The Delaware Center for Horticulture (TheDCH) is a non-profit community resource organization dedicated to promoting knowledge and appreciation of gardening, horticulture, and conservation. Our work includes creating community gardens, beautifying public landscaping, planting trees, and hosting educational programs and community events. TheDCH is the only nonprofit membership organization that mobilizes and inspires community greening statewide in urban and suburban environments.
What we do
We use plants as a tool to educate and empower others. Working together, we create neighborhoods that are healthier, more attractive and ecologically sustainable. Much of our work occurs in low income neighborhoods with higher rates of disease, environmental contamination, and poor access to healthy foods. We plant trees, beautify parks and public spaces, and develop community gardens. Learn more about what we do ►
Why it matters
The work of TheDCH strengthens the social fabric and builds more livable towns and cities by enhancing the environmental, economic and aesthetic qualities of our communities.
Welcome to TheDCH
Founded in 1977, the Center's site in Trolley Square is like an oasis in the city of Wilmington. The beautiful facility includes a public demonstration garden that backs up to Brandywine Park, an art gallery, a large meeting room and a greenhouse.
TheDCH supports 24 active community gardens; organizes city park improvement projects, beautifies Delaware's roadsides with native vegetation; maintains the landscaping of many traffic medians and streetscapes; leads regional projects to enhance Delaware's urban forests; and provides educational programs for children, teens, and adults. Our members come from Delaware and the surrounding region. We have more than 600 active and dedicated volunteers.
Our mission and focus
The Delaware Center for Horticulture cultivates a greener community; inspiring appreciation and improvement of our environment through horticulture, education and conservation. TheDCH was founded to provide the opportunity for community members of all ages and economic backgrounds to experience the power of gardening.
Our work is focused on making Delaware's towns and cities beautiful, healthy places to live, work and play. Our mission is important because we help people incorporate trees and parks and gardens into their urban environments.
Simply put, TheDCH is about “people and plants.”
In my house, when it rains my 4-year-old happily says...Mommy, we like the rain cause it makes the flowers grow! Thanks to TheDCH, teaching my daughter the value of a garden...►
— Elizabeth Dougherty
TheDCH board Member