At our core, DCH is an educational organization aimed at teaching individuals and communities about the life-changing power of plants.We offer year-round workshops, lectures, classes, trips and tours for professionals and novices alike.
No matter what your interest, we have an educational opportunity for you. Become a DCH Tree Steward and attend training sessions where you can hone your pruning and identification skills, connect your neighborhood with funding, and lead the tree advocacy effort in your community. Attend our Community Garden Workshops and join the urban agriculture movement that DCH helped create in Wilmington. Learn from national and regional leaders in horticulture, landscape architecture, urban planning, and science through symposia and lectures in our historic Trolley Square location. Tour breath-taking gardens locally and abroad with our knowledgeable staff and meet new friends with your same interest in gardening.
As a dedicated partner in the Seed Your Future campaign, DCH provides critical youth education programming through our community garden efforts and partners with local schools and camps to educate students on the opportunities available to them through horticulture. Our programs at the Clarence Fraim Boys & Girls Club, the Ministry of Caring’s Secret Garden, and the Shearman Street Intergenerational Community Garden introduce children from preschool through middle school to the basics of plant and soil science, pollination, harvesting, and healthy eating through community gardening. We have also expanded our comprehensive Arbor Day celebration to additional schools in New Castle County to teach children about the importance of trees and their countless benefits to our environment. Our talented staff also provide personalized, subject-specific presentations to local school groups interested in learning about various aspects of horticulture and careers in the field.
Our award-winning employment training programs provide participants with horticultural skills and a deep awareness of the life-changing power of plants.
The Gardening Program at Delores J. Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution (BWCI) is a collaborative effort with the Garden Club of Wilmington (GCW) that provides horticultural skills training within the prison walls. GCW volunteers and DCH staff provide classes on flower arranging, vegetable and ornamental gardening, and horticultural basics using a three-season greenhouse and classroom space on the grounds of BWCI.
DCH’s Branches to Chances: A Return to Work Program (BtC) hires and trains unemployed, underemployed, and/or previously incarcerated men and women for entry level positions in the landscaping and horticulture industry in our 9-week program. The curriculum combines classroom training and hands-on work experience supervised by industry experts that equip participants to secure meaningful employment upon successful completion. Graduates leave with marketable skills in a growing industry, the satisfaction of improving local communities, and essential life skills and employer references. BtC received the 2019 HOPE Commission Workforce Community Partner Award and the 2014 Arbor Day Foundation’s Award for Education Innovation. To learn more about BtC, contact Nora Melley at (302) 658-6262 ext 117.