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

Sunday, February 11 • 2-4pm
• Hampton Corporate Office Location •

A backyard beehive is the perfect place for our most important pollinator, the honey bee! Join a growing group of gardeners each month to discuss how to keep bees in a topbar beehive. Meetings are held seasonally at various locations on the second Sunday of some months. The FREE Meetings are hosted by local bee keeper, Ruth Meredith, McDonald employee and member of the Hampton Roads Bee Keepers. RSVP HERE. The February meeting is specifically about new beehive setup and early spring manipulations.

McDonald Garden Center's Outdoor Show
Friday - Sunday, March 2-4, 2018 • 9:00AM-6PM
Independence Boulevard Location

Visit McDonald Garden Center March 2-4, as we celebrate our 25th Annual Outdoor Show. This year we’re celebrating the elegance and grace of the south through visual displays that convey the horticultural charm of our region. With exhibits, seminars, local/national vendors, and a plethora of all things fresh and blooming, don’t miss the chance to get first dibs on what’s trending this spring. Admissions is FREE. Held rain or shine under heated tents!

Saturday, January 6, 2018 • 2:00PM
Both Virginia Beach Locations: Independence Boulevard & Great Neck

"Your heart is full of fertile seeds, waiting to sprout." Morihei Ueshiba. Our hearts are blooming with love for this highly requested succulent planter workshop! Spend the evening cozied-up in our beautiful greenhouse, and enjoy a night surrounded by beauty as you create this one-of-a-kind planter that doubles as a work of art. The heart-shaped, terra cotta pot was personally selected by our deco buyer for its superior style and high caliber material.

Merry Money, McDonald Garden Center
Collect Merry Money November 3 - December 7 • Redeem December 8 - 10, 2017

We’re bringing you good tidings with Merry Money at McDonald Garden Center! Beginning November 3rd until the 7th of December, you'll receive $1.00 of Merry Money for every $10.00 spent with your gardenRewards card. Collect each and every time you shop and redeem December 8-10, for up to 50% off almost every thing in store (excludes landscape services, gift cards, special orders and Heirloom ornaments.) So grab some cider, trim the tree, and oh-by-golly have a holly jolly Christmas this year!

Thursday, December 7, 2017 • 6PM
Both Virginia Beach Locations: Great Neck and Independence Boulevard


Saturday, November 18, 2017 • 2PM
Both Virginia Beach Locations: Independence Boulevard & Great Neck

With the holidays fast approaching, it’s time to go full speed ahead on everything merry. Adding a custom, winter container is a great way to add a warm, festive touch to your entryway or patio. Deck your halls with an assortment of Mother Nature’s finest – spruce, pansies, ivy, twinkling lights...

Friday-Sunday • November 3-5, 2017 • 9am - 6pm
Year-Round Locations in Virginia Beach: Independence and Great Neck

Bring out the holly, roast some chestnuts, and get ready to lords-a-leap into the holidays with McDonald Garden Center’s annual Holiday Open House! Three days of sparkling, season, splendor with displays and deals so darling, even the Grinch’s heart will grow with glee. Come for the cider, but leave with a carol in your heart. Featured Themes include: Deck the Shore, Peppermint Kitchen, Inspired by Nature, Winter Sky, Man's Best Friend, Simply Bright, Farmhouse Chic, Birds of a Feather, and more!

Saturday, October 28, 2017 • 11AM
Independence Boulevard & Great Neck Locations

Don’t miss this fun, family event perfect for your little sprouts! Is there anything better than digging in the dirt? One of our favorite and most popular workshops where kids 3 and up roll-up their sleeves and plant their own paperwhite bulbs to take home and watch grow.

Brief hands-on workshop for kids ages 3 and up. Parental assistance required. Due to space & supply limitations, RSVP’s are recommended. Cost $5
non-pass holder/free with Kids’ Workshop pass • Materials include terracotta pot and saucer, three paperwhite bulbs and soil.

Saturday, October 14, 2017 • 11AM
Independence Boulevard Location

This season teal is the new orange! There are more than 3 million cases of food allergies every year. This means there’s a good chance that the mini monster, pint-sized princess, or small-scale superhero trick-or-treating at your door this Halloween may be one of them. McDonald Garden Center has teamed up Suzy Brophy, the author of Macy’s Teal Pumpkin, to help promote non-food treats for trick-or-treaters, such as glow sticks or small toys, as options for food-sensitive children.

McDonald Garden Center Fall Fest, Fall Festival
Saturday, October 14, 2017 • 9am-6pm
Independence Boulevard & Great Neck Locations

The grand finale of our fall schedule, the McDonald Garden Center Fall Fest is a customer favorite that our staff has been looking forward to all season! Yes, we will be bringing you some pretty awesome deals, but we also have lots of activities for all ages! Pumpkins, cider, crafts, photo booths, fall stuff….what is there to think about?

Saturday, October 14, 2017 • 2pm
Independence Boulevard & Great Neck Locations

Just in time for fall, here’s a little “inspiration” for your fall planter. We have everything you need to create this blooming beauty for your entryway, porch or patio.

We supply all the materials and plants, just come and enjoy! You don’t wanna miss it! Cost $40, includes instruction and all supplies. Supplies include one 14-inch, terra-cotta pot and saucer, one Bauers spike, two ivy plants, three pansies and soil. Due to space & supply limitations, RSVP's are RECOMMENDED.