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

Jun 23toJul 212018
Saturday, June 23 • Saturday, July 7 • Saturday, July 21 • 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.

Jun 25toJul 172018
Georgia Peach Truck, McDonald Garden Center
Monday, June 25 & Tuesday, July 17, 2018 • Noon - 1:30pm
Independence Boulevard Location

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 Monday, June 25, and again on Tuesday, July 17, from Noon – 1:30pm. The Georgia Peach Truck offers Georgia peaches from Dicky Farms, in Musella, Georgia. Dickey Farms is a fifth generation grower and packer of peaches, farming over 1,000 plus acres of peach trees including 20 plus varieties since 1897. So be sure to stop by, say hello, and get your hands on this Southern delicacy.

35th Annual Crepe Myrtle Fest, McDonald Garden Center
Saturday-Sunday • July 21-22, 2018
Independence Boulevard & Great Neck Year-Round Locations & Select Market Locations

Saturated vibrant color with enough sweet, Southern charm to soak a buttermilk biscuit, this year’s Crepe Myrtle Fest is 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.

Saturday, August 11, 2018 • 11am
Independence & Great Neck Locations

Carnivorous plants?! A PLANT that eats BUGS?! The excitement a kid (or most adults) gets from watching a seemingly innocent, presumably docile plant trapping a fly for food is something you don’t want to miss. McDonald Garden Center is thrilled to offer this kids workshop to decorate a pot to house your very own hungry non-herbivore. Cost $15, includes instructions and all supplies. Supplies include one Venus Fly Trap plant, a 4-inch terracotta pot with saucer, soil, paint and googly eyes. Brief hands-on workshop for kids ages 3 and up. Parental assistance required.

Saturday, August 11, 2018 - 11:00am
Independence Boulevard
Saturday & Sunday, September 22-23, 2018 • 9am-4pm
Independence Boulevard Location ONLY

McDonald Garden Center is proud to announce the 23rd annual Make a Scarecrow event, a partnership with CHKD that has raised over $250,000! Bring the family to create your very own, custom, life-size scarecrow. We provide the supplies - all you need to bring is your creativity! Make a tradition, make a difference…Make a Scarecrow.

Cost $30, includes instructions and all supplies. A portion of the proceeds ($25) benefit CHKD. Come on out and have a great time supporting a great cause! Register here or in stores. Walk-ins are welcome, while supplies last.

Independence Boulevard
Saturday, July 14, 2018 • 11:00am
Independence & Great Neck Locations

Bring your little ones to enjoy a popsicle while they paint and plant their own flower pot! Kids will pour paint to create a their own drip paint pot to take home. Each child will get one pack of flower seeds and a popsicle while they paint.

Saturday, July 7, 2018 • 11AM
Independence & Great Neck Locations

Join us as our experts demonstrate how to create a custom-made air plant display. We’ll walk you through a few simple techniques that transform air plants into awe-inspiring, living art. Learn about air plant varieties, plant selection, and caring for your air plant display - plenty of tips and inspiration as you plant your own tabletop creation to take home. Cost $35, includes instruction and supplies. Supplies include glass vessel, sea urchin, air plant, driftwood, and pebbles. Pre-payment online is recommended to reserve your spot; however, walk-ins are welcome while supplies last.

Saturday, June 23, 2018 • 11AM
Independence & Great Neck Locations

Bugs are beneficial to our world. Some bugs are good in the garden and others are not so good. Kids will create their own bee-utiful bumblebee, ladybug or butterfly pot pal ~ while learning all about these beneficial bugs. Brief hands-on workshop for kids ages 3 and up. Parental assistance required. Cost $15 and includes all supplies and instruction. Supplies include terra-cotta pot & saucer, 4-inch herb plant, potting soil, paint & goggly eyes. While supplies last.


National Pollinator Week, McDonald Garden Center
June 21-23, 2018 • 10AM-2PM
Independence Boulevard

Join us June 21-23, from 10AM - 2PM, at our Independence location and get up close and personal to beautiful monarch butterflies and honey bees. Stroll through the Butterfly Tent and observe caterpillars, adults butterflies laying eggs on milkweed, emerging chrysalis and live, free-flying butterflies to feed. And, be sure to take home a Caterpillar Cabana Kit to hatch and release your very own, live butterfly. Cabana Kits include (1) tropical milkweed plant, (1) locally raised monarch caterpillar, and (1) mesh butterfly habitat (kit cost $29.98, reg. retail $42.97).

National Pollinator Week, McDonald Garden Center
June 18 - 24, 2018
Independence & Great Neck Year-Round Locations & Garden Markets

Join us for an un-BEE-lievably fun and educational week as we celebrate National Pollinator Week, June 18 - 24 . Learn about the importance of native plants and pollinators and take advantage of great deals on pollinator plants to bee-utify your home and garden. Take home a monarch chrysalis and observe the transformation into a beautiful butterfly (chrysalis cost $7.99). So, come on out and see what all the buzz is about and help spread the word about what you can do to help protect and save the pollinators.

Saturday, June 16, 2018 • 11am-2pm
Independence Boulevard & Great Neck Locations

The grill is hot, but the savings are sizzlin’! Come join us for the Grillin’ in the Garden customer appreciation event where we treat you, our beloved and valued patrons, to a FREE hot dog, chips, and a drink, from 11am-2pm. We’re firing up the dogs, but we’ve set fire to summer savings to say thanks for visiting us throughout the year. So come out, bring the family, and enjoy a bit of sear this season.

SATURDAY, JUNE 9, 2018 • 2PM
Independence & Great Neck Locations

When the temperature rises, so do the number of peeving pests. One natural way to combat these irking insects is through mosquito-repelling plants. Come create a custom planter that not only has bug battling benefits but looks sharp and stylish in your outdoor space. Let us put the “fun” in “functional” as we walk and talk you through all the steps. The only thing that will be “abuzz” are the compliments you’ll receive on this beautiful container. Cost $35, includes instruction and supplies.

Friday-Monday • May 25-28, 2018
Independence Boulevard & Great Neck Year-Round Locations & Market Locations

You just can’t beat fresh. Come out and celebrate everything edible with McDonald Garden Center’s Garden to Table weekend, happening Friday May 25th- Monday May 28th, at all year-round and market locations! Get juicy deals on our unberryivable selection of berries (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and more) that hit the sweet spot. It’s thyme to party with fragrant finds on all your favorite ethereal herbs while you veg out with the season’s best steals on fruits and veggies. So fire-up the taste buds, because Garden to Table weekend is about to grow off!

Thursday, May 17, 2018 • 6PM
Great Neck Location

Make a mess at our place - not yours! We can barely “contain” our excitement as McDonald Garden Center is pleased to offer this opportunity to join our experts as they help you create a beautiful spring container for your porch, patio, or balcony. In this hands-on workshop, you’ll create a beautiful container using green spike (1), Proven Winners annuals (2), variegated vinca vine (2), 14-inch, plastic terra-cotta pot and saucer, and potting soil. We supply all the materials, just come and enjoy! Cost $50, includes instructions and all supplies.