How-to classes, seminars, and make it/take workshops for both kids and adults from our garden experts.
Edible Gardening: Growing Herbs In-Store Seminar
Fresh herbs are easy to grow and can make all the difference between a good dish and an extraordinary dish! Whether you're growing in a pot, windowsill or garden, there's nothing like having fresh herbs right at your fingertips. Our Green Team experts will educate you on all the herb-growing basics including soil, light and feeding requirements, choosing containers, and more.
Seminar is FREE. Walk-ins welcome, no registration required. Seating is limited.
Berry Bush Bonanza: Tips and Tricks for Growing Your Own Berries
Are you ready to become a berry-growing pro? Join Garden Guru Mike Westphal for "Berry Bush Bonanza: Tips and Tricks for Growing Your Own Berries," a live webinar streaming on Facebook. Mike is the ultimate berry boss, and he's ready to spill all of his secrets for growing the most succulent strawberries, juicy blueberries, and mouthwatering blackberries. This webinar is perfect for gardeners of all levels, from seasoned pros to complete newbies. Get ready to learn how to choose the right berries for your space, prepare the soil, plant and prune, and keep pests at bay. Mike will also be answering your questions, so get ready to connect with other berry enthusiasts and share your passion for these delicious fruits. Don't miss out on this exciting opportunity to learn from one of the best in the business. Tune in to "Berry Bush Bonanza: Tips and Tricks for Growing Your Own Berries" on Facebook Live on April 6th at 11 am.
Pizza Herb Garden Workshop for Kids
Calling all kids! Kids love to eat what they have grown, so why not combine that with another kid’s favorite — pizza! An herb pizza container garden is a great way for kids to start gardening and gardening offers opportunities for them to discover and grow! Kids will learn the basics of planting and caring for herbs in pots and create an herb pizza container garden to take home. Brief hands-on workshop for kids ages 5 and up. Parental assistance required. Cost $15 and includes all supplies and instruction. Supplies include 8-inch plastic pot, assorted herbs plus soil. Register in store or online. Walk-ins are welcome while supplies last.
Porch Pots with Pizazz: How to Make a Beautiful Porch Pot Bursting with Blooms
Get ready to take your porch pots to the next level with the one and only Garden Guru Mike Westphal! Join us for "Porch Pots with Pizazz: How to Make a Beautiful Porch Pot Bursting with Blooms," a live webinar streaming on Facebook on April 13th at 11am. Mike's got all the tricks up his sleeve to create a porch pot that will stop your neighbors in their tracks as he shares his tips and tricks for selecting the perfect blooms, arranging them in a way that pops, and maintaining your porch pot throughout the season. He'll also be answering your questions and helping you troubleshoot any issues that may arise. So, grab your coffee, tea, or beverage of choice, and join us for this exciting webinar with Garden Guru Mike Westphal. Tune in to "Porch Pots with Pizazz: How to Make a Beautiful Porch Pot Bursting with Blooms" on Facebook Live on April 13th at 11 am. Let's get potting and have some fun!
Join McDonald Garden Center for Petal Power, a three-day sales event that boasts the best, blooming bargains of the season! Not only are there deals on spring staples, but we're introducing some fresh, new varieties that are sure to be an audacious addition to your planting plans. Petal Power is the perfect time to get the spring in your step and in your garden.
Tomato Wars: Which Variety Will Reign Supreme?
Get ready for the ultimate tomato showdown with Garden Guru Mike Westphal's "Tomato Wars: Which Variety Will Reign Supreme?" webinar, streaming live on Facebook! During this thrilling webinar, Mike will take you on a tour of the most delicious tomato varieties, from juicy beefsteaks to tangy heirlooms and everything in between. You'll learn which varieties are best for your space, how to care for your plants, and tips for maximizing your harvest. But that's not all! Mike will also be conducting a taste test of the top tomato varieties, pitting them against each other to determine which ones will reign supreme. Get ready to cheer on your favorites and discover some new contenders for your garden. So, join us for "Tomato Wars: Which Variety Will Reign Supreme?" on Facebook Live on April 20th at 11 am. Let's have some fun and find out which tomato varieties will come out on top in the ultimate tomato takedown!
Plein Air Painting Workshop
Plein air painting, which involves creating artwork outdoors in natural light, allows you to fully immerse yourself in the beauty of the natural world. Unleash your inner artist and during our Plein Air Painting workshop with Carly Melvin, a Virginia Beach native and lifelong artist with a Bachelors of Art in Illustration from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), specializing in watercolor and ink drawing.
With Carly's expert guidance, you'll learn how to capture the essence of a garden still life through painting, using techniques that will help you refine your skills and develop your own unique style. Whether you're a seasoned artist or a beginner, this workshop is the perfect opportunity to get creative and explore new possibilities.
All materials, including watercolor paper, watercolor paints, and brushes, will be provided, so all you need to bring is your enthusiasm and love for art. Carly will also offer individualized instruction and feedback throughout the workshop, helping you to take your skills to the next level and create something truly beautiful. Join us for this creative workshop on April 22nd, 2023, at 11 am, set amidst the stunning natural scenery of our Independence location exclusively. Don't miss out on this unforgettable experience of creating beautiful artwork in the great outdoors!
Cost is $35, and includes all supplies. Register online and in-stores while supplies last.
Rose Royalty: a Guide to the Queen of Flowers
Are you ready to turn your green thumb into an artistic masterpiece? Get ready to dive into the wonderful world of decoupage, where you'll discover how to create stunning designs. Under the guidance of our expert Green Team instructors, you'll learn how to transform an ordinary terracotta planter into a one-of-a-kind work of art that's as unique as you are.
We'll provide all the materials you need, including an array of paper choices, decoupage glue, and planters, so all you need to bring is your imagination and enthusiasm. Not only will you walk away with a beautiful new planter to take home, but you'll also have the satisfaction of knowing that you created it with your own two hands.
It’s time to flex your crafty muscles and create a piece that's uniquely yours. Join us for the Decoupage Planter Workshop at both of our year-round locations on April 29th, 2023, at 11 am, and let your creativity blossom!
Cost is $25, and includes all supplies. Register online and in-stores while supplies last.