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

July9-312019
Plant Shop Pub Crawl, McDonald Garden Center
Tuesday - Wednesday, July 9 - July 31, 2019
Year-Round and Garden Market Locations

McDonald Garden Center is excited to be a part of @homesteadbrooklyn’s ‘Plant Shop Pub Crawl’ from July 9 - July 31, 2019. Bring in your physical copy of Summer Rayne Oakes’ book, “How to Make a Plant Love You: Cultivate Green Space in Your Home & Heart” to any of our year-round or market location and receive 15% off your entire purchase (some exclusions apply - details in-stores). This is a great way to support local plant shops while bringing the love of plants to more people!

July19-212019
35th Annual Crepe Myrtle Fest, McDonald Garden Center
Friday-Sunday • July 19-21, 2019
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.

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August172019
Saturday, August 17, 2019 • 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 terra cotta pot with saucer, soil, paint and googly eyes. Brief hands-on workshop for kids ages 3 and up. Parental assistance required.

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Price: 
$15.00
Date: 
Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 11:00am
Location: 
Independence Boulevard
September21-222019
Saturday & Sunday, September 21-22, 2019 • 9am-4pm
Independence Boulevard Location ONLY

McDonald Garden Center is proud to announce the 24th annual Make a Scarecrow event, a partnership with CHKD that has raised more than $300,000! 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.

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Price: 
$30.00
Date: 
Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 9:00am to Sunday, September 22, 2019 - 4:00pm
Location: 
Independence Boulevard ONLY
July202019
Georgia Peach Truck, McDonald Garden Center
Saturday, July 20 • 9:30am - 11:00am
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 Saturday, July 20, from 9:30am – 11:00am. 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. Peaches are sold by the box (peach quantities vary upon sizing from about 50 to 70 peaches in a box for $45).

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July182019
4-H GUARDIANS OF THE PLANET MEETING
Thursday, July 18, 2019 • 6:30PM
LOCATION: AREC, 1444 Diamond Springs Road, 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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July132019
Moles & Voles, McDonald Garden Center
Saturday, July 13, 2019 • 11AM
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.

June292019
Saturday, June 29, 2109 • 11AM
Independence Boulevard and Great Neck Locations

Celebrate the stars and stripes with a red, white, and blue painted pot bursting with patriotic color just in time for the Fourth of July! Use one of our designs or create your very own. Add a flowering red, white or blue annual, and you’ll be ready for fireworks and fun. A festive project to display inside or out on the fourth as well as Labor Day, Memorial Day, Veteran's Day, and any other time of year. We supply all the materials, just come and enjoy! Recommended for ages 3 and up. Parental assistance is required. Cost $15, includes instructions and all supplies.

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June222019
How to Raise a Monarch Butterfly, McDonald Garden Center
Saturday, June 22 • 11:30AM
Independence Boulevard Location

It’s fun and rewarding to raise a monarch from caterpillar stage to releasing an adult monarch. And, the educational experience of raising butterflies is something that your children will never forget. Kids will learn all about the life cycle of the butterfly from caterpillar all the way through the metamorphosis to butterfly. Seminar is FREE. Registration not required. Seating is limited.

June222019
Saturday, June 22, 2019 • 11:00AM
Independence & Great Neck Locations

Looking for "thumb-thing” fun and creative to do with the little ones? Join us and celebrate National Pollinator's Week with a thumbprint pot painting workshop, where kids use their own, unique thumbprint to create a bee-utiful bumblebee, butterfly or flower pot, while learning all about pollinators and pollinator plants. We supply all the materials, just come and enjoy! Recommended for ages 3 and up. Parental assistance is required. Cost $15, includes instructions and all supplies.

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June222019
Saturday, June 22 • 3PM
Independence Boulevard Location

Learn the basics of attracting and sustaining pollinators through gardening. Identify which perennials, annuals, trees, and shrubs are best to support and attract pollinators to your garden all season long. Our experts will also provide you with pollinator-safe solutions and the options available for bee habitats and houses. Seminar is FREE. Registration not required. Seating is limited.

June222019
Saturday, June 22, 2019 • 2PM
Independence & Great Neck Locations

Help us celebrate National Pollinator week by creating a portable pollinator container bursting with color and life! Learn the basics of attracting and sustaining pollinators through gardening and let our experts help you design and plant your very own container to take home. So, “bee” sure to buzz by and create a beautiful, pollinator-inspired container for you and your pollinator friends to enjoy. Cost $40, includes instructions and all supplies. Pre-payment online is recommended to reserve your spot; however, walk-ins are welcome, while supplies last.

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June19-222019
National Pollinator Week, McDonald Garden Center
Wednesday-Saturday, June 19-22, 2019 • 9AM–6PM
Independence Boulevard

Join us June 19-22, from 9AM-6PM, at our Independence location and get up close and personal to beautiful monarch butterflies. Stroll through the butterfly tent featuring the extremely rare white monarch butterflies. Observe adult butterflies laying eggs on milkweed, hungry caterpillars emerging from chrysalis and live, free-flying butterflies. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience a butterfly encounter the whole family can enjoy and learn from.

June19-232019
Pollinator Palooza, McDonald Garden Center
Wednesday- Sunday June 19-23, 2019
Independence Boulevard Location

Pollinator Palooza

On June 17-23, people throughout the United States will be celebrating National Pollinator Week - a time to celebrate pollinators and spread the word about what you can do to protect them and promote healthy pollinator populations.

To bring awareness to this important cause, McDonald Garden Center is celebrating Pollinator Week with Pollinator Palooza, an event filled with activities from Wednesday, June 19, 2019 to Sunday, June 23rd.

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