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

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.



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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 11:00am
Independence Boulevard ONLY
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.

Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 11:00am
1144 Independence Boulevard Virginia Beach VA 23455
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!

Friday-Sunday, September 6-8, 2019
Independence & Great Neck Locations

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

Saturday, August 24, 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.

Saturday, August 24, 2019 • 2PM
Independence Boulevard & Great Neck Locations

Join us for a succulent bowl workshop filled with gorgeous, easy to grow and low maintenance succulent plants that will translate seamlessly into any design- inside or out! Succulents showcase a wide variety of colors and textures that we absolutely love, and our experts will guide you in creating your very own colorful succulent work of art. Cost $30, includes instructions and all supplies. ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED. WALK-INS ARE WELCOME

Saturday, August 17, 2019 • 11am
Independence & Great Neck Locations

Carnivorous plants?! A PLANT that eats BUGS?! The excitement a kid (or most adults) gets from watching a seemingly innocent, presumably docile plant trapping a fly for food is something you don’t want to miss. McDonald Garden Center is thrilled to offer this kids workshop to decorate a pot to house your very own hungry non-herbivore. Cost $15, includes instructions and all supplies. Supplies include one Venus Fly Trap plant, a 4-inch terra cotta pot with saucer, soil, paint and googly eyes. Brief hands-on workshop for kids ages 3 and up. Parental assistance required.

Wednesday - Sunday, August 14-18, 2019
Independence Boulevard & Great Neck Locations

Houseplants are beautiful- they purify your environment, boost productivity and memory retention, can help you sleep better, and can survive and thrive even in small spaces. We offer a large selection of hardy, low-maintenance houseplants and specialize planters that can help to liven-up any drab dorm room, apartment or classroom. So, stop in and visit our greenhouse and get back-to-school ready with Dorm Day selections!

Summer Sidewalk Sale, McDonald Garden Center
Wednesday - Sunday, August 7 - 11, 2019
Independence Boulevard & Great Neck Locations

Our annual summer clearance event is back! Take a summertime stroll through the garden center and discover deal-grabbing finds on all things home and blooming! Up to 75% OFF houseplants, annuals, perennials, garden solutions, patio, décor, and more – you name it, we’ve got it! Come early to beat the heat and make most of these great deals.

Georgia Peach Truck, McDonald Garden Center
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, 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. Peaches are sold by the box (peach quantities vary upon sizing from about 50 to 70 peaches in a box for $45).

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.