Can you dig it? The 24th Annual McDonald Garden Center Outdoor Show is back in ‘17, and plans are underway for an event that is full of exciting opportunities in one of the most sought-after garden shows in the area. Mark your calendars for the weekend of March 3-5, 2017, at the McDonald Garden Center Virginia Beach location on Independence Boulevard.

This year’s theme for the Outdoor Show is FLOWER POWER! Get groovy with all things green and check our our unique, custom exhibits that showcase just how powerful flowers can be! (And if you happen to have a tie-dyed shirt or bell bottom jeans, you’ll fit right in!)

Outdoor ’17 will continue to host an array of local businesses featuring on-trend exhibits with the latest in landscaping, gardening, remodeling, and decorating. Another unique feature at the show, ongoing demonstrations designed for varying home & garden interests. Come out and preview spring with us! There’s something for everyone…Gnarly!

The 2017 Outdoor Show features a number of FREE home and garden seminars over the weekend. Here’s a list of who you can expect (dates/times to follow)

•Lynnhaven River Now
•Tidewater African Violet Society
•Virginia Camellia Society
•Chef de Cuisine with Chef Molion cooking demo
•Moles and Voles
•Veggie Gardening
•Butterfly Society of Virginia
•Tidewater Beekeepers Society

2017 Outdoor Show Seminar Schedule

Friday March 3
9:30 a.m. Camellia Society presents “Camellias 101” with Malia Huddle

This introduction to the beautiful jewel of winter will include a brief camellia history, tips on camellia care and cultivation, as well as information on how to become more involved in the local camellia community. Q&A following presentation.

Malia is a recently retired school counselor who is finally finding time to pursue her bucket list. She enjoys caring for and showing her camellias, herding cats, traveling to new places, sharing the health benefits of essential oils, and loving on and cooking for her friends and family. She is the immediate past president and a current board member of the Virginia Camellia Society. Malia is a firm believer that playing in the dirt nurtures the soul and that time spent communing with nature has profound therapeutic benefits.

3:30 p.m. The Norfolk Botanical Gardens Presents “Mulching Techniques to Maximize Plant Vitality and Blooming,” with Perry Lee West

Perry Lee West is a master gardener & Norfolk native who has been with Norfolk Botanical Gardens for 2 years. He is also a certified VLNA horticulturist and former member of the McDonald Garden Center team.

4:30 p.m. Solutions for Moles and Voles with the Garden Guru, Mike Westphal

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 resident expert, Mike Westphal, will provide organic solutions that are safe for you and the environment. 

Mike Westphal, a ten-year veteran of McDonald Garden Center, is an invaluable member of the MGC team who specializes in gardening solutions and visual merchandising. Mike told us he is “passionate about working with customers one-on-one to help determine the best plants, solutions or designs to make gardening more enjoyable and their projects more successful.”

Saturday March 4
9:30 a.m. Urban Gardening 101 with the Garden Guru, Mike Westphal

Join us for Urban Gardening 101 and explore some favorite techniques and products to grow aboveground in Hampton Roads. Whether you want to try something new or have limited space to plant, we’ll help guide you with methods like raised bed gardening and using smart pots to maximize growth potential. From vegetables to herbs to flowers or all three, these products will help make you successful and provide fun and enjoyment year-round. 

10:30 am The Tidewater Beekeepers Association presents, “Beekeeping: What You Need to Know to Get Started,” with Hodgie Holgerson

Hodgie Holgerson is a retired Navy Salvage Diver, who first became fascinated with the honeybee growing up in Texas in the 4th grade. He’s managed bees in Texas, Idaho, Montana, Hawaii, California, and Florida and now maintains 40 hives in VA. He is currently the President of the Tidewater Beekeepers Assoc. and Swarm Coordinator for the TBA and the Norfolk Beekeepers Assoc.

3:30 p.m. Cuisine de Jardin: Cooking with Herbs with Chef Manu

Join Chef Manu, as he demonstrates the secrets behind cooking with herbs using specific techniques to utilize the right amount of flavor with the right ingredients.

About the Chef: Manuel Molion was born and raised in Metz, France. He attended the Culinary School of Metz (Ecole hôtelière) from 1993-1995 and has served the French Navy (Marine Nationale) for over 20 years. He is currently the chef de cuisine for the French commander of NATO in Norfolk, VA. Chef Manu has cooked in famous kitchens all over the world and his guest list includes kings, dignitaries, and celebrities of all nations. Notable diners include French Presidents Jacques Chirac and Nicholas Sarkozy, the President of Singapore, King of Spain, King of Norway, Mrs. Condoleezza Rice, and Mrs. Hillary Clinton. Chef Manu is the exclusive chef for McDonald Garden Center.

4:30 p.m. Lynnhaven River Now presents, “Planting for Native Pollinators,” with Trista Imrich

Trista is the Restoration Coordinator for Lynnhaven River Now and an undergraduate of Ohio State under the Navy ROTC program. During her 6.5 yrs as Naval Surface Warfare Officer, she completed a Masters degree program in Environmental Policy & Managementmt. Trista is a Virginia Certified Horticulturist (VCH), and a certified Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional (CBLP), with a passion for conservation landscape design, habitat restoration and stormwater management. She lives in Va Beach, with her husband Chris, a VB native and veterinarian with their two dogs, Jones and William.

Sunday March 5

9:30 am Solutions for Moles and Voles with the Garden Guru, Mike Westphal

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 resident expert, Mike Westphal, will provide organic solutions that are safe for you and the environment. 

10:30 am The Tidewater Beekeepers Association present “Honeybees: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly,” with Frank S. Walker

Frank is founder & president of the Norfolk Beekeepers Association and two-time president of the Tidewater Beekeepers Assoc. & Virginia State Beekeepers Association. He has worked with the mayor of Norfolk and city council members to lift a 30-year ban of beekeeping in the city of Norfolk. He is currently working on a fulltime honeybee exhibit at the VA Zoo, opening in late spring 2017.

3:30 pm The Butterfly Society of Virginia presents “Life in a Butterfly Garden-the Relationship Between Nature and the Residential Garden,” with Robert Keilbowicz.

Robert is a long time member of the Butterfly Society of Virginia (BSV). He is currently secretary and has served as president and chairman of the nominating committee. He speaks regularly to schoolchildren and has created a butterfly garden and Monarch Way station for Providence Elementary School. In his own garden, he raises and releases hundreds of butterflies and moths annually. He resides in Kempsville, with his wife and three children. Besides butterfly gardening, Robert is a veteran of the US Navy & DOD. He also enjoys photography.

4:30 pm The African Violet Society presents “For the Love of Violets- How to Grow America’s Favorite Houseplant- Secrets to Success,” with Pat Knight.

Pat is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island, and a charter member of the Mid-Atlantic African Violet Society. She has been a member of the Tidewater African Violet Society since 1985, and has served as president, vice president, secretary and show chairman. She retired after 30 years of civil service to start her own legal transcription business in 2002.

Spring into success with the 24th annual Outdoor Show. This one-of-a-kind event is Hampton Roads’ Premier Home & Garden show. Capitalizing on spring fever, this show features all the sights, sounds & smells of spring! Based on previous records, the Outdoor Show attracts thousands of attendees in one weekend!

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McDonald Garden Center
1144 Independence Blvd
Virginia Beach, VA 23455


McDonald Garden Center
1144 Independence Boulevard
Virginia Beach, VA 23455