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

Christmas, McDonald Garden Center
Saturday, December 7, 2019
Independence Boulevard Location

Time to kickoff our twelve days of twelve deals with a celebration event at our Independence location. Grab a cup of warm apple cider, and snuggle up by the fire in our fresh cut tree lot. Peruse our wide selection of holiday décor to find the perfect gift for a loved one, host/hostess, or as a pre-holiday treat for yourself! Shop our wide selection of lights, wreaths, and lifelike trees to de-Grinchify your home for the holidays.

Saturday, December 7, 2019 • 11AM
Independence Boulevard & Great Neck Locations

Kids love decorating the tree, so start them off right with this fun workshop where they'll plant and light-up their very own mini Norfolk Island Pine tree and paint a festive pot. They’ll love stringing the lights and making merry in this festive workshop where everyone gets to take some Christmas cheer home along with them. Cost $15, includes instruction and all supplies. Supplies include one 4-inch Norfolk Island Pine, 5-inch terra-cotta pot and saucer, Invisilites, potting soil and paint supplies.

Saturday, December 7, 2019 - 11:00am
Independence Boulevard
Christmas, McDonald Garden Center
Saturday, December 7, 2019 • 12-3PM
Independence Boulevard Location

Santa is coming to your local Christmas Shoppe, Saturday, December 7, 2019, from 12-3PM, at our Independence location. Join us for a fun, family experience sure to get everyone in the Christmas spirit. Come and visit Santa and tell him all your holiday wishes. Our magical Christmas wonderland is the perfect backdrop for your holiday photos so, bring your camera or cell phone for photos with Santa.

Georgia Peach Truck, McDonald Garden Center
Sunday, December 22, 2019 • 12:00PM-1:00PM
Independence Boulevard Location ONLY

The Georgia Peach is coming to town, Sunday, December 22, 2019, 12:00PM-1:00PM. The truck will offer boxes of mandarin oranges and bags of shelled pecans direct from Georgia.

Satsuma Mandarins - 1 Box, Approximately 20 Pounds, $48
Kishu Mandarins - 1 Box, Approximately 10 Pounds $48
Shelled Pecans - 1 Bag, Approximately 1 Pound, $17

Free mesh bags for gifting smaller portions to friends, family, and neighbors!

Click here for info on Satsumas and Kishus Mandarins

Friday-Sunday • November 8-10, 2019 • 9am - 6pm
Independence and Great Neck Locations

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: Starfish Wishes, On the Beach Time, Believe, Flowers of Christmas, Chartreuse Garden, She Shed, Santa Around the World, Happy Paw-lidays and more!

Saturday, October 26, 2019 • 11AM
Independence & Great Neck Locations

These quirky pumpkins are sure to be a treat as they greet trick or treaters on your front doorstep this Halloween. Kids will love creating their very own pumpkin pal using a variety of themed faces and silly expressions. Workshop includes a carving pumpkin, your choice of mermaid, superhero, cat or assorted funny face character foam decals and paint. Cost $6, includes instructions and all supplies. Brief workshop designed for ages 3 and up. Parental assistance required. ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED. WALK-INS WILL BE TAKEN A LONG AS SUPPLIES ARE AVAILABLE.

Saturday, October 19, 2019 • 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 & Sunday, October 19-20, 2019 • 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?

Thursday, October 17, 2019 • 6:30PM
LOCATION: McDonald Garden Center 1144 Independence Blvd. Virginia Beach 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.

Friday-Sunday, October 11-13 • 9am-6pm
Independence & Great Neck Locations

Q: What is a monkey's favorite flower?
A: A chimpPANSY?
That's just a taste of the fun you'll have at this highly anticipated, fall savings event where the area's prettiest pansies are prime for the pickin'. Great in containers or as part of the landscape, a bit of color warms a home like the garden version of a hot toddy.

Saturday, September 28, 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.

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.

September 13-15, 2019 • 9am-6pm
Independence Boulevard & Great Neck Locations

Mum is definitely NOT the word when it comes to the savings during Mum Mania! This fall favorite event has more holiday spirit than a pumpkin latte with savings on all your favorite seasonal items. Speaking of pumpkins, don’t forget to visit our deco center to spruce up your space!

Sep 7toOct 122019
Lawns, McDonald Garden Center
Saturdays @ 11am, September 7 - October 12, 2019
Independence & Great Neck Locations

Learn from the local lawn experts and tackle that fall lawn once and for all. This class will cover both total renovation and maintenance for traditional fall lawns and organic lawns. Classes are FREE. Walk-ins welcome, no registration required. All attendees will receive one FREE bag of Premium McGill Compost.