Our Gardens

Today, TheDCH supports over 40 community gardens throughout New Castle County. Located in vacant lots and public spaces, these community spaces are as diverse as the neighborhoods they are found in. From children’s gardens to a women’s prison, TheDCH-supported gardens and farms are each unique expressions of urban growing. TheDCH has been a leader in the greening of Wilmington since its beginning in 1977. Committing deeply to the ground up approach, our Community Gardens and Urban Agriculture program helps residents realize their own green dreams.

I want to learn more about a DCH-supported community garden! 

(Featured gardens below will open in a new window)


Baylor Women's Correctional Institution  

Burton-Phelan Community Garden  

Hedgeville Children's Garden  

Samaritan Outreach Community Garden  

Samuel Garrett Memorial Garden  

The Secret Garden  

Shearman Street Community Garden  

Valley Community Garden  


I want a community garden in my neighborhood!

We help community groups locate, lease, and secure appropriate sites for their needs. We also provide materials, plants, tools, technical advice, and a support network for the groups’ gardening efforts. If you have a green idea and want to find out how TheDCH might be able to help, contact Ann Mattingly, Director of Programs.


I want to be a part of a community garden!

Looking for ways to become involved? Whether you are interested in growing your own food in a community plot, participating in a cleanup day, or volunteering to teach garden lessons, there are ample opportunities to get your hands dirty. If you're interested in starting a community garden, please contact Ruth Arias, Community Gardens Liaison, to find out how you can get involved.


I have so many questions about urban growing!

For such a natural thing, we know urban growing can be intimidating; if you have a question, contact Ruth Arias, Community Gardens Liaison.

Volunteers represent DCH at a variety of community outreach events throughout the year.