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McDonald Garden Center began in 1945 in Hampton, Virginia
in 1980, McDonald expanded into the Virginia Beach market on Independence Boulevard
In spring 2009, McDonald unveiled the first Garden Market
The Great Neck Virginia Beach location opened its doors 2017

The History of McDonald Garden Center

McDonald Garden Center began as a partnership between two brothers in 1945 in Hampton, Virginia. In the 1950's a diversity of plants and products made the operation a full-line garden center. New buildings and plant display areas met the growing needs of Peninsula gardeners. In 1973, Eddie Anderson and his wife Sara purchased the garden center. With a commitment to improving the quality of life through the business of gardening, McDonald Garden Center grew rapidly in size and structure.

McDonald expanded into the Virginia Beach market with a second location on Independence Boulevard in 1980. Originally a horse stable and riding academy, this site has retained and utilized some of the property’s original design and structure.

In spring 2009, McDonald unveiled the first Garden Market in Poquoson, Virginia. Now, Garden Markets have expanded throughout the Southside, the Peninsula and up into Williamsburg with ten seasonal locations. These Garden Markets provide quality plants and garden accessories from mid-March through July.

The Great Neck Virginia Beach location opened its doors in the fall of 2017 and offers the same high-quality products and services as our location on Independence Boulevard. Unique to this location is Angie’s Cabana, which features locally made jewelry, women’s clothing and shoes, and an assortment of gift items and accessories.

McDonald landscape design and installation division offers renovations of existing landscapes or the design of something new. All projects begin with the design process, where you’ll meet with a skilled landscape designer who will assess your needs and objectives and provide expert recommendations. Our Landscapes team provides complete installation services to ensure the professional appearance of your project. Our crews are specially trained to handle a broad range of horticultural and construction applications.

With two year-round Garden Centers, seasonal Garden Markets and a Landscape Design and Installation division, McDonald Garden Center offers a wide selection of high-quality products and services designed to enhance the lifestyles of our customers for all seasons. Our knowledgeable staff is committed to serving our customer and our community with integrity and enthusiasm. We strive to preserve both our customer’s trust and legacy since 1945 of unparalleled excellence in service and attention to detail.