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Top 5 Trends for Christmas. Holiday Open House Preview

The cider is simmering, lights are twinkling, and the greenhouse is shimmering.

That could only mean one thing- HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE at McDonald Garden Center!

Despite recent beach-going temperatures, the Christmas season is, in fact, right on our heels. With falling temps and football games comes our annual open house event that features all of the latest trends in the festive fantasyland that is the McDonald Garden Center Christmas Shoppe.

We’re giving you a behind-the-scenes look at what to expect this year, along with recommendations from our in-house experts on what’s trending. Here are our top picks.

5. Compact String Lights- Lumineo Compact Lights are one of the easiest ways to brighten up your holidays. These LED string lights have 500 or 1000 lights per strand, but that is just the beginning. They have 8 functions from steady on to an array of twinkle and fading functions. They can be used indoors or outdoors. Compact Lights won’t tangle, no more struggling to get your lights ready to use, with one inch spacing between each light, you get more bang for your buck. They are virtually unbreakable, and the best part is they burn for a minimum of 50,000 hours. That is almost 6 years of constant burn (or over 22 years of a 3 month burn). Our staff uses these lights, and they are definitely on the must-have list.

4. Candles- Get the season “glowing” strong with our unique selection of flameless candles. New this year, we are offering an innovative window candle with directional lighting. We also are bringing back Simplux candles, which were a huge hit with customers and staff alike last year. Simplux Flameless Candles are stunningly realistic and boast patented TRUE-FLAME Technology® that makes them virtually indistinguishable from the real thing. The three-dimensional flame will never burn out, always remains cool to the touch, and is safe around the home, children and pets. Those qualities make the Simplux candle perfect for weddings, events and everyday use. Available in pillar and melted candle styles, from 5-inch to 9-inch

3. Invisilites- These fantastic lights are one of our favorite ways to brighten your holiday décor during the upcoming season. Invisilites are micro LED lights on a thin, flexible wire that are super easy to use. They come in a variety of styles, designs and colors that are sure to match any décor for the holiday season-or all year round.

We have the largest Invisilite selection in Hampton Roads. They come on either green, copper, or silver wire, and we carry them in both battery-operated and plugin. Each year we add more to our collection, like snowflakes and stars, as well as gold, silver and red ornament string lights.

2. Lifelike Trees- McDonald Garden Center takes great pride in offering the highest quality, lifelike, prelit Christmas trees. We have more than 60 different trees to choose from featuring both LED and Incandescent lights. They come in a variety of sizes, 4.5-foot, 6.5-foot, 7.5-foot and 9-foot, as well as many shapes from slim to medium to full.

If you haven't looked at artificial trees in a while, you won't believe how lifelike they really are. A majority of our trees have a molded lifelike tip that allows for more diversity in styles, needle shape and color in our trees. Molded tips hold up better then the traditional material most of us are used to.

All of our trees are very easy to setup. Branches are hinged to a central post and fold out with ease, and the lights are clearly labeled for easy hook up. Most trees come in three to four sections.

1. Coastal Inspired Decor- We’re trading our garden boots for flip-flops this year as coastal themed décor is the hot trend for this season. Our buying department has hand-selected the offerings this year, and we’re really excited about what they’ve brought to McDonald Garden Center. Here’s what to be on the lookout for.

  • Pillows- fun but elegant, a creative way to set the tone anytime of year.
  • Hand Towels- we love this idea for guest bathrooms or a holiday dinner place setting.
  • Beach Wall Décor- really personalize your space and create a backdrop for your holiday décor.
  • Starfish and Coral- accent your space with different varieties of starfish and coral. Not only do they add another texture into the room, the colors play off each other beautifully and create a statement you’re going to want to reinforce all year long.

This is just a small sampling of what the McDonald Garden Center Christmas Shoppe has to offer this year. Our Holiday Open House is November 3-5th. Make sure to come and get your favorites before they’re gone!

October Magic Bride Camellia
October Magic Inspiration Camellia

Beauty in Small Spaces with the October Magic Bride Camellia

Want elegant, full blooms but don’t have a lot of room left in your landscape? Squeeze in an October Magic Bride Camellia! Grown by Southern Living (who else would know how to perfect the quintessential southern shrub than the southern experts right?!) this beautiful bloomer produces a profuse amount of dainty, pure white flowers but feels very cozy in a small space.

New to the market, the October Magic Bride Camellia is a great mate to walk down the aisle with as its versatility lends itself to many applications such as accent planting, containers, hedges, mass plantings, and privacy plantings.

Your love will continue to bloom year-after-year for this bride if you expose it to full sun or part shade. This camellia prefers well-drained garden soil with rich organic matter. Say “I do” to proper maintenance by fertilizing yearly with McDonald Garden Center Greenleaf in spring.

So take the plunge and try the October Magic Bride Camellia, found at both Virginia Beach locations in Independence and Great Neck. And don’t forget, now is the time to plant to ensure a happily ever after.

Dendrobiums and Oncidiums Orchids
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Decorating with Houseplants for Fall

Decorating with Houseplants for Fall

Outside, the leaves are starting to fall but in our houseplant departments, our tropicals are thriving. We have some beautiful new additions to help you celebrate fall. Use them as table centerpieces for parties or in combination containers. Displayed with pumpkins and gourds, these plants will be a simple and pretty way to welcome fall.

Florist Mums: boast large flowers and come in many different colors. These bright and happy mums make the perfect centerpiece or gift.

Anthuriums: go well with many other plants making them the perfect plant for a combination container. Shades of red, burgundy, orange, white, and purple are sure to make a unique fall arrangement

Air Plants: use our pumpkin and ghost air plant holders to celebrate fall and Halloween. These little jack-o-lanterns make great use of an already interesting plant.

Orchids: Dendrobiums and Oncidiums in shades of orange, red, and yellow can help you create a dramatic and beautiful fall display.