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

May24-272019
Friday-Monday • May 24-27, 2019
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 24 through Monday, May 27, 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!

May252019
How To Grow Your Own Food, McDonald Garden Center
Saturday, May 25, 2019 • 11:00AM
Independence & Great Neck Locations

Growing food in your own backyard, whether it be a small herb patch or a full high-yield garden, is incredibly rewarding and fun for all ages. And, harvesting you own food is easier than you might think. Join our McDonald Garden Center experts, as they cover the four w’s (why, where, what & when) on growing your own food to ensure success. Seminar is FREE. Registration not required. Seating is limited.

June152019
Moles & Voles, McDonald Garden Center
Saturday, June 15, 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.

June152019
Saturday, June 15, 2019 • 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 fall savings to say thanks for visiting us throughout the year. So come out, bring the family, and enjoy a bit of sear this season.

June202019
4-H GUARDIANS OF THE PLANET MEETING
Thursday, June 20, 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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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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Price: 
$15.00
Date: 
Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 11:00am
Location: 
Independence Boulevard 1144 Independence Boulevard Virginia Beach VA 23455
Jun 22toJul 202019
Georgia Peach Truck, McDonald Garden Center
Saturday, June 22 • 9:30am - 11:00am & 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, June 22, from 9:30am – 11:00am and again 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.

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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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Price: 
$15.00
Date: 
Saturday, June 29, 2019 - 11:00am
Location: 
1144 Independence Boulevard Virginia Beach VA 23455
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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May8-122019
Mother's Day, McDonald Garden Center
Wednesday, May 8, through Sunday, May 12, 2019
Independence & Great Neck Year-Round Locations & Garden Markets

This Mother’s Day, make mom’s day as beautiful as she is! Surprise her by decorating her doorstep or favorite room in the house with all her favorite blooms. You don’t have to know what her flower of choice is, you can use her favorite color to adorn her porch or patio. Hanging baskets, containers, houseplants…the possibilities are endless! Selection varies by location.

May42019
Saturday, May 4, 2019 • 2PM
Independence and 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 tropical container for your porch, patio, or balcony. In this hands-on workshop, you’ll create a beautiful container using mandevilla and premium annuals including lantana, million bells, and euphorbia diamond frost. Workshop also includes a 14-inch, plastic terra-cotta pot and potting soil. We supply all the materials, just come and enjoy! Cost $45, includes instructions and all supplies.

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April202019
Saturday, April 20, 2019 • 11AM
Independence Boulevard Location ONLY

Easter can be a tricky holiday when it comes to children with food allergies, and there are more than three million cases of food allergies every year. Amid all the classroom parties and a visit from the Easter bunny, you don’t want them to feel left out, but you want them to stay safe too. McDonald Garden Center has teamed up with Suzy Brophy, the author of Macy’s Teal Easter Egg, to help promote non-food treats that are Easter Bunny and parent approved!

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April19-212019
Spring Sale, McDonald Garden Center
Friday - Sunday, April 19-21, 2019
Independence & Great Neck Year-Round Locations & Garden Markets

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.

INDEPENDENCE & GREAT NECK LOCATION HOURS, April 19-21, 2019, Friday-Saturday • 8AM-8PM & Sunday, 9AM-6PM
GARDEN MARKET LOCATION HOURS, April 19-21, 2019, Friday-Saturday, 9AM-8PM & Sunday • 9AM-6PM

March29-312019
Friday - Sunday, March 29-31, 2019
Independence & Great Neck Locations

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

March232019
McDonald Garden Center's Strawberry Saturday
Saturday, March 23, 2019 • 8am-8pm
Independence & Great Neck Locations

There’s just one thing that’s sweeter than a bucket full of fresh picked strawberries, and that’s the ones you grow yourself. Visit any McDonald Garden Center location on March 23, from 8am-8pm, and receive a FREE, 3-inch strawberry plant with any purchase. *While supplies last, limit one plant per customer.

March232019
Saturday, March 23, 2019 • 2PM-3PM
Independence & 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 Blvd, 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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March172019
Sunday, March 17 • 2-4pm
• Independence Blvd Location Virginia Beach •

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 April meeting is specifically about spring buildup and manipulations for a honey harvest.

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March162019
Saturday, March 16, 2019 • 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.