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

November23-252018
Green Friday, McDonald Garden Center
Friday-Sunday, November 23-25, 2018

Looking for an alternative to the holiday shopping madness? Skip the long lines and unruly crowds at the mall and shopping center and experience the magic of McDonald Christmas Shoppe – a twinkling, winter wonderland filled with this holiday season's most unique and sought-after collection of decor and gift selection anywhere in Hampton Roads. So, grab a friend and take advantage of the HUGE SAVINGS on trees, trimmings, holiday blooms, gifts, and more all weekend long.

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Christmas Shoppe, McDonald Garden Center
Saturday, December 1, 2018,
Independence Boulevard

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. We will have all day tastings of our McDonald Garden Center jams, jellies, and more to inspire those holiday dishes.

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Saturday, December 1, 2018 • 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 $20, includes instruction and all supplies. Supplies include one 14-inch Norfolk Island Pine, 6-inch terra-cotta pot and saucer, Invisilites, potting soil and paint supplies.

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Price: 
$20.00
Date: 
Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 11:00am
Location: 
Independence Boulevard
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Birding, McDonald Garden Center
Saturday, December 1, 2018 • 9:30-10AM
Independence Boulevard

This time of year is so essential for feeding our feathered friends. Mike will give a short educational session on some of the bird feeders we offer, as well as what type of seed and additional products you may need. Demonstration is FREE. Walk-ins welcome, no registration required. Seating is limited.

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Holiday Bow Making, McDonald Garden Center
Saturday, December 1, 2018 • 10:30AM-11AM
Independence Boulevard

There’s nothing like a handmade bow to personalize your holidays. Whether it’s adding that special touch to a gift, or customizing your décor, Mike and Lenny share all their inside tips on this time-honored McDonald Garden Center tradition. Demonstration is FREE. Walk-ins welcome, no registration required. Seating is limited.

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Holiday Decorating, McDonald Garden Center
Saturday, December 1, 2018 • 2:00PM-2:30PM
Independence Boulevard

The secrets of holiday decor and design from the expert. The garden guru will take you through a few tips and tricks our in-house designers use to get McDonald Garden Center looking holiday ready. This is one session you don’t want to miss!! Demonstration is FREE. Walk-ins welcome, no registration required. Seating is limited.

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Saturday, December 1, 2018 • 1:00PM- 1:30PM
Independence Boulevard

For many of us, it’s only a couple times a year that we clear the laundry, soccer balls, unopened mail, etc off of our dining room tables and make room for friends and family. What better way to set the scene for making memories than a beautiful, holiday tablescape? Mike will give you all the quick tips you need to transform your style into a little sparkle this season. Demonstration is FREE. Walk-ins welcome, no registration required. Seating is limited.

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Fresh Holiday Greens, McDonald Garden Center
Saturday, December 1, 2018, 3:30PM-4:00PM
Independence Boulevard

The scent of fresh greens is one of our favorite parts of the holiday season. But not only are they aromatic, they’re beautiful and fit seamlessly into any outdoor décor. Mike and Kent will take you through how to create a gorgeous fresh greens porch pot that’s sure to help welcome guests into your home all season. Demonstration is FREE. Walk-ins welcome, no registration required. Seating is limited.

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Saturday, December 8, 2018, 2:00PM
Independence & Great Neck Locations

Add a touch of festive greenery to your home this holiday season with this fresh boxwood wreath accented with a beautiful bow. The perfect way to welcome your holiday guests to your front door or to make a statement indoors above your mantle, on a mirror, in the kitchen or wherever else you might like to deck the halls. We'll take you through the whole process, step by step, from start to finishing bow. Choose from an assortment of richly colored holiday ribbons to finish your wreath. Cost $30, includes instruction and all supplies.

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Price: 
$30.00
Location: 
1144 Independence Boulevard Virginia Beach, VA 23455
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Georgia Peach Truck, McDonald Garden Center
Wednesday, December 19, 2018 • 2:30PM-3:30PM
Independence Boulevard Location ONLY

The Georgia Peach is coming to town, Wednesday, December 19, 2:30PM-3:30PM. The truck will offer boxes of mandarin oranges and bags of shelled pecans direct from Georgia.

The mandarin oranges are delicate varieties of Satsuma mandarins that are rarely sold in stores, because their skins are fragile making them easier to peel than common Clementine mandarins like Cuties® and Halos®.

The mandarin oranges are packed in 20 pound boxes that contain approximately 70 pieces of fruit, and the price is $48 per box.

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November2-42018
Holiday Open House, McDonald Garden Center
Friday-Sunday • November 2-4, 2018 • 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: Coastal Christmas, Winter Garden, Champagne Life, Kaleidoscope of Color, Southern Magnolia, Tidings of Joy, Old World, Winter Wonderland and more!

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Saturday, October 13, 2018 • 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.

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October132018
Saturday, October 13, 2018 • 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, plastic terra-cotta pot and saucer, one ornamental grass, two ivy plants, three pansies and potting soil.

Registration is now closed. Customers can continue to register for the workshop as follows:

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McDonald Garden Center Fall Fest, Fall Festival
Saturday, October 13, 2018 • 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?

October5-72018
Friday-Sunday, October 5-7, 2018 • 9am-6pm
Independence Boulevard & 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.

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Saturday, September 29, 2018 • 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.

September22-232018
Saturday & Sunday, September 22-23, 2018 • 9am-4pm
Independence Boulevard Location ONLY

McDonald Garden Center is proud to announce the 23rd 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.

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September19-232018
September 19-23, 2018 • 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 1toOct 132018
Saturdays @ 11am, September 1 - October 13, 2018
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.