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

February12020
Succulents, McDonald Garden Center
Saturday, February 1, 2020 • 11AM
Independence Boulevard Location ONLY

Succulents have never been more on trend than they are right now, and these low maintenance plants make the perfect houseplant for those of any age to learn how to nurture their green thumb. These eclectic plants, with silhouettes and growing habits that look like something out of a Dr. Seuss book, come in an amazing assortment of colors, shapes and sizes. Learn about the many succulent varieties available and how to care for and maintain them for succulent success! Seminar is FREE. Walk-ins welcome, no registration required. Seating is limited.

February82020
Saturday, February 8, 2020 • 2PM
Independence & Great Neck Locations

Learn how to effectively rid your yard of these garden pests. Moles and voles can be a major nuisance causing damage as well as frustration to Hampton Roads' gardeners. Our experts will provide organic solutions that are safe for you and the environment. Classes are FREE to attend. No registration necessary.

February82020
Citrus, McDonald Garden Center
Saturday, February 8, 2020 • 11AM
Independence Boulevard Location ONLY

Growing citrus in containers is fun and rewarding! The fragrance of the flowers can fill a room, and the bright colors of the fruit and the glossy foliage make handsome additions to any indoor and outdoor room. Get all the juicy details on citrus from our houseplant experts, from tips on fertilization and watering to some of the best varieties for Hampton Roads. This series will make success with citrus easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy. Seminar is FREE. Walk-ins welcome, no registration required. Seating is limited.

February152020
Saturday, February 15, 2020 • 11AM
Independence & Great Neck Locations

An oldie but goodie, this classic project is a favorite at McDonald Garden Center. We supply all the materials to create a birdhouse, all you have to bring is the creativity! Choose from classic or coastal lighthouse styles. Come dressed to paint. Supplies include assembled, wooden house or lighthouse, paint and paint supplies. Recommended for ages 3 and up. Parental assistance is required. Space is limited.

Price: 
$15.00
Date: 
Saturday, February 15, 2020 - 11:00am
Location: 
Independence Location: 1144 Independence Boulevard Virginia Beach VA 23455
February202020
4-H GUARDIANS OF THE PLANET MEETING
Thursday, February 20, 2020 • 6:30PM
LOCATION: AREC 1444 Diamond Springs Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23455

McDonald Garden Center is a sponsor of a Virginia Beach 4-H Club, focusing on horticulture. The club is led by McDonald Garden Center owner and horticulturist, Eddie Anderson.

4-H is a community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills. The four-H's stand for: Head, Heart, Hands and Health. They represent the four points of the 4-H pledge: clearer thinking, greater loyalty, larger service, and better living.

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March6-82020
FRIDAY-SUNDAY, MARCH 6-8, 2020 • 9AM-6PM
Independence Boulevard Location ONLY

Put aside those winter-weary blues and get inspired with the 27th Annual McDonald Garden Center Outdoor Show, Friday-Sunday, March 6-8, 2020, 9am-6pm. Come and experience a little bit of everything from the latest in spring gardening trends, home improvement, design, landscaping, and more. This year’s theme is “Dig in to a Good Book” and is dedicated to the wonderful world of books. Stroll through the walkable vignettes featuring our interpretation of some of our favorite time-honored tales.

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March20-222020
Friday - Sunday, March 20-22, 2020
Independence & Great Neck Locations

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

March212020
Saturday, March 21, 2020 • 11AM
Independence Boulevard & Great Neck Locations

Ever wanted to create a professional-looking landscape design but didn’t know where to start? McDonald Garden Center will be offering a DIY Landscape Design seminar at both our year-round locations (Independence Boulevard and Great Neck). Let our experts teach you the ins and outs of creating and implementing a successful landscape design. Participants will receive a complimentary $10 off coupon towards the purchase of plants and products to get you started on your landscape project. Cost $15 and includes instruction and all supplies.

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Price: 
$15.00
Location: 
1144 Independence Boulevard Virginia Beach VA 23455
March282020
Saturday, March 28, 2020 • 11AM
Independence & Great Neck Locations

Back by popular demand, we are “berry” excited to be bringing back the most delicious workshop of the year - STRAWBERRY POTS! Let your little ones dig into an activity as sweet as they are by painting and planting a strawberry plant. A bonus? We’ll clean up the mess! Ages 3 and up. Parental assistance is required. Materials include 6-inch, terra-cotta pot with saucer, two strawberry plants, paint and paint supplies. Cost $15 and includes instruction and all supplies. Pre-payment online is recommended to reserve your spot; however, walk-ins are welcome, while supplies last.

Price: 
$15.00
Date: 
Saturday, March 28, 2020 - 11:00am
Location: 
Independence Boulevard 1144 Independence Blvd. 23455
January182020
Houseplants, McDonald Garden Center
Saturday, January 18, 2020 • 11AM
Independence Boulevard Location ONLY

From large, sculptural plants to charming succulents, there's a place for houseplants in every home. Green plants add textural interest, fill in drab corners, soften architectural features, and can enhance mood. Larger sized floor plants are especially ideal when used as an accent plant or as a focal point indoors. With the help of our indoor plant specialists, we picked a few easy maintenance floor plants that will spruce-up and freshen your home or office. Seminar is FREE. Walk-ins welcome, no registration required. Seating is limited.

January112020
Saturday, January 11, 2020 • 2:00PM
Independence Boulevard Location ONLY

Join us for a comprehensive guide to pruning by the McDonald Garden Center experts. Seminar includes what tools are essential as well as how to prune crepe myrtles, Japanese maples, roses, and more. Seminar is FREE. Walk-ins welcome, no registration required. Seating is limited.

December222019
Georgia Peach Truck, McDonald Garden Center
Sunday, December 22, 2019 • 12:00PM-1:00PM
Independence Boulevard Location ONLY

The Georgia Peach truck is coming to town, Sunday, December 22, 2019, 12:00PM-1:00PM. The truck will offer boxes of mandarin oranges and bags of shelled pecans direct from Georgia.

PRICING:
Satsuma Mandarins - 1 Box, Approximately 20 Pounds, $48
Kishu Mandarins - 1 Box, Approximately 10 Pounds $48
Shelled Pecans - 1 Bag, Approximately 1 Pound, $17

Free mesh bags for gifting smaller portions to friends, family, and neighbors!

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December142019
Saturday, December 14, 2019 • 2:00PM
Independence & Great Neck Locations

What's the best way to get into the spirit of the season? Decking the halls! And, there's nothing quite like the look of a fresh-cut magnolia wreath- perfect for your front door or anywhere in your home. We'll take you step-by-step, from start to finishing bow. Cost $30, includes instruction and all supplies. Supplies include one 16-inch, wire wreath frame, fresh magnolia, florist wire and ribbon. ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED. WALK-INS ARE AVAILABLE WHILE SUPPLIES LAST.

December72019
Fresh Holiday Greens, McDonald Garden Center
Saturday, December 7, 2019, 3:30PM-4:00PM
Independence Boulevard

The scent of fresh greens is one of our favorite parts of the holiday season. But not only are they aromatic, they’re beautiful and fit seamlessly into any outdoor décor. Our experts will take you through how to create a gorgeous fresh greens porch pot that’s sure to help welcome guests into your home all season. Demonstration is FREE. Walk-ins welcome, no registration required. Seating is limited.

December72019
Christmas Kickoff, McDonald Garden Center
Saturday, December 7, 2019 • 1:30pm-2:00pm
Independence Boulevard Location

Whether you want to create an over the top winter wonderland or a tranquil spot of holiday cheer, we have everything you need to set your home aglow this holiday season. Our lighting experts will share all of our tips and tricks to help you add a festive glow to mantels, centerpieces, tabletops and more. This is one session you don’t want to miss!! Demonstration is FREE. Walk-ins welcome, no registration required. Seating is limited.

December72019
Holiday Bow Making, McDonald Garden Center
Saturday, December 7, 2019 • 11:30AM-12:00PM
Independence Boulevard

There’s nothing like a handmade bow to personalize your holidays. Whether it’s adding that special touch to a gift, or customizing your décor, our experts will share all their inside tips on this time-honored McDonald Garden Center tradition. Demonstration is FREE. Walk-ins welcome, no registration required. Seating is limited.

December72019
Christmas, McDonald Garden Center
Saturday, December 7, 2019 • 12-3PM
Independence Boulevard Location

Santa is coming to your local Christmas Shoppe, Saturday, December 7, 2019, from 12-3PM, at our Independence location. Join us for a fun, family experience sure to get everyone in the Christmas spirit. Come and visit Santa and tell him all your holiday wishes. Our magical Christmas wonderland is the perfect backdrop for your holiday photos so, bring your camera or cell phone for photos with Santa.

December72019
Saturday, December 7, 2019 • 11AM
Independence Boulevard & Great Neck Locations

Kids love decorating the tree, so start them off right with this fun workshop where they'll plant and light-up their very own mini Norfolk Island Pine tree and paint a festive pot. They’ll love stringing the lights and making merry in this festive workshop where everyone gets to take some Christmas cheer home along with them. Cost $15, includes instruction and all supplies. Supplies include one 4-inch Norfolk Island Pine, 5-inch terra-cotta pot and saucer, Invisilites, potting soil and paint supplies.
ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED. WALK-INS ACCEPTED WHILE SUPPLIES LAST.

December72019
Saturday, December 7, 2019 • 9:30AM-10:00AM
Independence Boulevard

For many of us, it’s only a couple times a year that we clear the laundry, soccer balls, unopened mail, etc. off of our dining room tables and make room for friends and family. What better way to set the scene for making memories than a beautiful, holiday tablescape? Our experts will give you all the quick tips you need to transform your style into a little sparkle this season. Demonstration is FREE. Walk-ins welcome, no registration required. Seating is limited.