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 community gardens, public landscaping, roadside beautification, tree programs, 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. 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, a lending library, an art gallery, a large meeting room and a greenhouse. We host many weddings and corporate events every year.
TheDCH supports 16 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.
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.”
DJ loved the program so much that he has been actively seeking "green" projects to do around the house! The experience was great for our family too. He taught our whole...►
— Kim Neal
Mother of H.E.L.P. graduate