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How-to classes, seminars, and make it/take workshops for both kids and adults from our garden experts.

Aug 1toSep 302020
Online Gardening Seminars, McDonald Garden Center

Our online Facebook LIVE seminars with Garden Guru, Mike Westphal, will be taking a short break during the last few weeks in July while we work on new gardening content. We’ll be back in August with new episodes focusing on fall lawns and veggies, houseplants, and more. In the meantime, click here to view previous episodes you may have missed. Thanks for watching! Stay safe, and we’ll see you soon!

August122020
Wednesday, August 12, 2020 • 11AM
Live Stream - McDonald Garden Center's Facebook Page

Who says landscapes have to be pristine flower beds and container plantings? Popular with vegetable/edible gardening, raised beds are a trend with many advantages such as improved plant production as well as the ability to save space. Even better, the elevated styles put the garden right at your fingertips. Join Garden Guru, Mike Westphal, as he demonstrates how easy it is to build our Gronomics raised beds and offers ideal soil blends and amendments to get you growing.

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August17-232020
August 17 - 23, 2020
Independence & Great Neck Locations

Lawn season has arrived, and we are kicking things off with Lawn-a-thon, a weeklong event celebrating everything grass-centric with the year's best deals on lawn solutions, seed, and more. We will also feature a Facebook LIVE seminar, "Turfology: How to Give Your Lawn a Fresh Start" (August 19, 2020 • 11AM) given by our resident expert, lawn enthusiast, and Garden Guru himself, Mike Westphal.
Lawn-a-thon- where the grass is always greener.

August192020
August 19, 2020 • 11AM
Live Stream - McDonald Garden Center's Facebook Page

Give your lawn a fresh start! If more than half of your grass is weeds, starting from scratch can actually save you time and money, and NOW is the time to get an early jump on this year’s lawn season. Join McDonald Garden Center’s Garden Guru, Mike Westphal, for a step-by-step guide on how to renovate your lawn. Learn how to prepare your lawn and soil for the upcoming seeding season and discover all the tips included in our full lawn class on how to grow the best lawn in Hampton Roads.

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August262020
August 26, 2020 • 11AM
Live Stream - McDonald Garden Center's Facebook Page

As our summer gardening season is coming to a close, it’s the perfect time to get your fall vegetable garden growing. Join Garden Guru, Mike Westphal, as he shares all his fall gardening tips to help you fill your table with plenty of homegrown goodness long beyond the heat of summer.

TO VIEW LIVE FEED, GO TO MCDONALD GARDEN CENTER'S MAIN FACEBOOK PAGE.

August282020
Online Gardening Seminars, McDonald Garden Center
Friday, August 28, 2020 • 11AM
Live Stream - McDonald Garden Center's Facebook Page

Starting plants from seed is one of the most exciting and rewarding gardening activities and allows gardeners to continue growing throughout the year. Growing seed is not complicated, it just requires a little thought and care. Join Garden Guru, Mike Westphal, for an in-depth look at sowing with success- from starting seeds to when to do it to which seeds to start indoors (or outdoors) and more.

TO VIEW LIVE FEED, GO TO MCDONALD GARDEN CENTER'S MAIN FACEBOOK PAGE.

September2-62020
September 2 - 6, 2020
Independence & Great Neck Locations

Mulch Madness is BACK- don't miss the chance to freshen-up for fall with amazing deals on mulch!

September10-132020
September 10 - 13, 2020
Independence & Great Neck Locations

Mum is definitely NOT the word when it comes to the savings during Mum Mania! This fall favorite event has more holiday spirit than a pumpkin latte with savings on all your favorite seasonal items. Speaking of pumpkins, don’t forget to visit our deco center to spruce up your space!

September192020

We are doing our best to stay up to date on the continuing impact of COVID-19, listening carefully to regional and community-based guidance while planning for the future. Our number one priority continues to be the health and safety of our employees and customers. We hope to bring this event back in 2021.

September262020

We are doing our best to stay up to date on the continuing impact of COVID-19, listening carefully to regional and community-based guidance while planning for the future. Our number one priority continues to be the health and safety of our employees and customers. We hope to bring this event back in 2021.

October8-112020
October 8 - 11, 2020
Independence & Great Neck Locations

Q: What is a monkey's favorite flower?
A: A chimpPANSY?
That's just a taste of the fun you'll have at this highly anticipated, fall savings event where the area's prettiest pansies are prime for the pickin'. Great in containers or as part of the landscape, a bit of color warms a home like the garden version of a hot toddy.

October172020

We are doing our best to stay up to date on the continuing impact of COVID-19, listening carefully to regional and community-based guidance while planning for the future. Our number one priority continues to be the health and safety of our employees and customers. We hope to bring this event back in 2021.

July16-192020
Thursday - Sunday, July 16 - 19, 2020
Independence and Great Neck (year-round locations) and Select Garden Markets

Saturated vibrant color with enough sweet, Southern charm to soak a buttermilk biscuit, this year’s Crepe Myrtle Days are sure to promote the nobility and refinement that have kept this annual sale one of McDonald Garden Center’s most anticipated events of the year. The crepe myrtle, also called the ‘tree of a hundred days,’ produces vivid, abiding blooms that blush the Hampton Roads area with a burst of color.

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July152020
Crepe Myrtles, McDonald Garden Center
Wednesday, July 15, 2020 • 11AM
Live Stream - McDonald Garden Center's Facebook Page

One hundred days of exquisite summer blooms, attractive fall foliage, unique bark, good disease and insect resistance and drought-tolerance - what's not to like about Crepe Myrtles! Join Garden Guru, Mike Westphal, for an in-depth look at one of Hampton Road’s favorite trees- from Crepe Myrtle varieties to care and maintenance and much more.

TO VIEW LIVE FEED, GO TO MCDONALD GARDEN CENTER'S MAIN FACEBOOK PAGE.

July82020
Wednesday, July 8, 2020 • 12:00PM - 1:30PM
Independence Boulevard Location ONLY

Nothing says summer like a fresh, juicy, peach! We’re excited to announce that the Georgia Peach Truck will be making a peach “pit” stop at Independence Boulevard location on Wednesday, July 8, 2020, from 12:00PM – 1:30PM. The Georgia Peach Truck rolls into summer 2020 with Rolling Freestones®, the freestone Georgia peaches from the authentic Peach State! Peaches are sold by the box (for pricing and other FAQ's, click on the link below).

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July82020
Shade Gardening, McDonald Garden Center
Wednesday, July 8, 2020 • 11AM
Live Stream - McDonald Garden Center's Facebook Page

Struggling to find plants for those shady spots? No worries! Shade offers the opportunity to grow some wonderful, unique plants that not only tolerate lack of sun but actually prefer it. Tune-in with Mike Westphal, as he reveals his top shade-loving annuals, perennials, and trees and shrubs for low-light spaces.

TO VIEW LIVE FEED, GO TO MCDONALD GARDEN CENTER'S MAIN FACEBOOK PAGE.

July12020
Watering, McDonald Garden Center
Wednesday, July 1, 2020 • 11AM
Live Stream - McDonald Garden Center's Facebook Page

Keeping your garden properly watered can make the difference between a thriving garden and a wilting one, but how much and how often should you be watering? Join Mike Westphal, as he shares his five W’s of watering (Who, What, Where, When & Why) and his go-to tools for effective watering.

TO VIEW LIVE FEED, GO TO MCDONALD GARDEN CENTER'S MAIN FACEBOOK PAGE.

June262020
Pollinators, McDonald Garden Center
Friday, June 26, 2020 • 11AM
Live Stream - McDonald Garden Center's Facebook Page

Creating a pollinator garden that includes the necessary elements for attracting hummingbird, butterflies, bees, and other pollinators will ensure that they can continue to perform their essential work. “Bee” sure to join, Garden Guru, Mike Westphal, and discover how to transition your landscape into a pollinator haven by creating a habitat that includes houses, birdbaths, feeders, and more.

TO VIEW LIVE FEED, GO TO MCDONALD GARDEN CENTER'S MAIN FACEBOOK PAGE.

June242020
Wednesday, June 24, 2020 • 11AM
Live Stream - McDonald Garden Center's Facebook Page

Butterflies and other pollinators are a beautiful and important addition to any garden. With the right plants and understanding of their needs, you’ll reap the benefits that pollinators provide, and you’ll get to enjoy the many beautiful birds, butterflies, and insects as they visit your garden. Join Garden Guru, Mike Westphal, for a rundown of perennials, annuals, trees, and shrubs that will support and attract pollinators to your garden all season long.

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June22-282020
National Pollinator Week, McDonald Garden Center
Monday-Sunday, June 22 -28, 2020
All McDonald Garden Center Locations

Join us as we celebrate National Pollinator Week, June 22-28. Take advantage of great deals on pollinator plants, décor, and more to bee-utify your home and garden. And, be sure to tune-in to one of our pollinator-inspired Facebook Live Seminars to learn about the importance of plants and pollinators.

TO VIEW LIVE FEED, GO TO MCDONALD GARDEN CENTER'S MAIN FACEBOOK PAGE.

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June192020
Terrariums, McDonald Garden Center
Friday, June 19, 2020 • 11AM
Live Stream - McDonald Garden Center's Facebook Page

Succulents continue to be the center of our world here at McDonald Garden Center, and we can't get enough of them. If you’re fascinated by succulents or you're just looking for a new project, then this seminar is for you (great for kids, too)! Follow, Garden Guru, Mike Westphal, as he guides you step-by-step on how to design, plant, and care for succulent terrarium.

TO VIEW LIVE FEED, GO TO MCDONALD GARDEN CENTER'S MAIN FACEBOOK PAGE.

June172020
Hydrangeas, McDonald Garden Center
Wednesday, June 17, 2020 @ 11AM
Live Stream - McDonald Garden Center's Facebook Page

There are some plants that should be in every garden and hydrangeas are at the top of our list! A mainstay of gardens for generations, nothing says summer like these beautiful blooming shrubs. In colors ranging from white to pink to blue to purple, these shade-loving, softball-sized flowers brighten up any landscape. Our Garden Guru, Mike Westphal, shares his tips on how to care and maintain these blooming beauties.

TO VIEW LIVE FEED, GO TO MCDONALD GARDEN CENTER'S MAIN FACEBOOK PAGE.