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

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

Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the season to create something beautiful at this year’s holiday wreath-making workshop.  Whether you’re catching up with a friend or just looking for some peace and quiet to be creative, our wreath workshop provides the perfect setting, with no worrying about the details. We’ll provide you with all the materials and instruction to create a grandiose, pre-lit, 24-inch wreath. Choose from our traditional cardinal Christmas or a shimmering, white owl inspired themes. We supply all the materials, just come and enjoy! The only rule is to be merry!

Great Neck
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.

Friday-Sunday, October 6-8, 2017 • 9am-6pm
Year-Round Locations: Independence Boulevard & Great Neck

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 30, 2017 • 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 23-24 • 9am-4pm
Independence Boulevard Location ONLY

McDonald Garden Center is proud to announce the 22nd annual Make a Scarecrow event, a partnership with CHKD that has raised over $250,000! 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.