Friday March 1st- Sunday March 3rd

The 26th Annual Outdoor Show

It's time to get inspired!! Hampton Roads' most exciting, shoppable outdoor living show is back in 2019 with both the newest trends as well as old favorites. This year's theme is "Bring Art to Life," which will feature a walkable display of our interpretation of famous art into living displays. With more than 70 vendors to shop from, food, seminars, and exhibits, the 26th Annual Outdoor show is sure to paint a picture of perfection for spring.

OUTDOOR SHOW SPEAKER SERIES FOR 2019

McDonald Garden Center presents the Outdoor Show Speaker Series for 2019.
Whether you’re a novice gardener, or a well-seasoned veteran, our knowledgeable speakers will offer expert advice on everything from bees and camellias to orchids and pruning to solutions for moles and voles and much more. See one seminar or see them all – there’s something for everyone! Seminars are FREE. Registration not required. Seating is limited.

Friday, March 1st

10:00 am - Camellias: Beyond the Bloom
presented by Malia Huddle, Virginia Camellia Society

From Pink Shi Shi, to Autumn Rocket, to Yuletide - there truly is a camellia to capture everyone’s heart. Come learn from the experts about this beloved staple to any southern garden.

About the speaker: The Virginia Camellia Society was founded in 1946, by dedicated camellia lovers who love propagating, growing, and showing camellias.

12:00 pm - Pruning Techniques
presented by Jimmy Van Meter, Norfolk Botanical Gardens

Spring is knocking on the door and that means it’s time to prune! And if the word “prune” strikes fear in your heart, take comfort in the fact that pruning promotes good health in plants – but only when pruning is done at the right time and in the right way. Jimmy offers expert advice and tips on the proper techniques and tools of pruning to ensure your skills are as sharp as your shears.

About the speaker: Jimmy Van Meter is a graduate of George Mason University with a B.S. in Biology and an A.A.S. in Horticultural Technology. He previously worked at Green Spring Gardens in Alexandria, VA for seven years before coming to the Norfolk Botanical Gardens. No stranger to speaking engagements on a variety of topics, his expertise on pruning and other gardening techniques leads to sold out classes. Get here early!

2:00 pm - Growing Vegetables from Seed
presented by Meredith Simmons, Norfolk Botanical Gardens

Starting plants from seed is one of the most exciting and rewarding gardening activities. Nothing can top a homegrown tomato or beat a beet fresh from the garden. Meredith has all the info to make your next salad and epic one.

About the speaker: Meredith Simmons is a lifelong local of Hampton Roads and a graduate from Old Dominion University. Meredith works at the Norfolk Botanical Garden as their Greenhouse Technician. At the Garden, she teaches classes on seeds such as Winter Sowing, Seed Sowing for Beginners, Breaking Seed Dormancy, and even hosts seed swaps twice annually. Sowing seeds is a large part of her job to help make the Gardens beautiful, and she is looking forward to sharing her knowledge with the Hampton Roads community.

4:00 pm - Solutions for Moles and Voles
presented by 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.

About the speaker: Mike Westphal, a fifteen-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 2nd

10:00 am - Orchids for Every Season
presented by Steve Urick

Orchids are revered for their exquisite, unique blooms that create a polished and refined look to any home. That being said, they can be a challenge to maintain.

Orchid expert Steve Urick shares his best tips on all of your top concerns. How to select orchids for long-lasting color, the easiest way to get orchids to rebloom, etc., are all topics that will be addressed and will have you saying,
“Y-orchid-ing me, that was easy!”

About the speaker: Steve Urick is an orchid hobbyist with more than 35 years of experience, as a well as a former member of the Green Team at McDonald Garden Center. He was curator of the Kaplan Orchid Conservatory from 2007-2011. He has been a member of the American Orchid Society, Tidewater Orchid Society, and the Peninsula Orchid Society.

12:00 pm - O’ Happy Daylily: Sunshine in Bloom
presented by Vernelle Curtis

Daylilies are a favorite of ours here at McDonald Garden Center for many reasons. Tough, resilient, and easy growers, daylilies are excellent for masses of sunny color. For disease prevention, growing tips, and how to get the most out of these breath-taking bloomers, don’t miss this amazing seminar from a leader in the field.

About the speaker: Vernelle Curtis has been a member of the Tidewater Daylily Society since 2010. Vernelle moved to an area in Virginia Beach with nothing but clay for dirt. At that time, Vernelle began her search for a hardy perennial. The search was over. Vernelle selected daylilies. Now, Vernelle has daylilies that bloom from spring to autumn. Since becoming a TDS member, Vernelle’s eyes are immediately drawn to daylilies. She has a hawk-eye for miniature and small blooms. As the season begins, Vernelle awaits her daylilies to welcome her with a daily, hardy “good morning!”

2:00 pm - What's Buzzing in Your Garden
presented by Pam Fisher

Discover how bees shape life as we know it, and explore simple changes you can make in your own landscape to enhance native bee habitat.

About the speaker: Pam Fisher has kept honeybees for more than 25 years in Hampton Roads, Virginia. She is president emeritus of the Eastern Apicultural Society, and is a proponent of sustainable beekeeping and a founding member of the Beekeepers Guild of Southeast Virginia. Pam maintains approximately 50 honeybee colonies including those she manages for the Commonwealth of Virginia.

4:00 pm - Solutions for Moles and Voles
presented by 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.

About the speaker: Mike Westphal, a fifteen-year veteran of McDonald Garden Center (MGC), 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.”

Sunday, March 3rd

10:00 am - The Art of Bonsai
presented by Brian Hollowell, Tidewater Bonsai Club

The elegance and refined technique the bonsai tree displays is unmatched. In “The Art of Bonsai,” Brian will be demonstrating basic techniques for design, branch selection, pruning, and wiring. Additionally, he will be showcasing samples of established bonsai that started as basic nursery stock. Additional topics will include: proper soil/modern substrate, selecting a container, and suitable species.

About the speaker: Brian Hollowell has practiced bonsai extensively for the past ten years. He is a past member of the Virginia Bonsai Society where he served on the board. Currently, Brian is the President of the Tidewater Bonsai Club based out of Suffolk, Virginia. He has studied with professional bonsai artists from Italy, Austria, and the United States. Many of these professionals completed five to seven year apprenticeships in Japan and are certified masters by the Nippon Bonsai Association. Brian has participated in and earned awards at local, regional, and national bonsai exhibitions. This includes the top honor of Finest Native Species Award at the 2014 National Bonsai Exhibition in New York. Additionally, his works have been published in International Bonsai and Bonsai Focus magazines. Brian currently works as the Director of Operations for Moe's Southwest Grill. He lives with his wife and two young boys in Suffolk, Virginia.

12:00 pm - Orchids for Every Season
presented by Steve Urick

Orchids are revered for their exquisite, unique blooms that create a polished and refined look to any home. That being said, they can be a challenge to maintain.

Orchid expert Steve Urick shares his best tips on all of your top concerns. How to select orchids for long-lasting color, the easiest way to get orchids to rebloom, etc., are all topics that will be addressed and will have you saying, “Y-orchid-ing me, that was easy!”

About the speaker: Steve Urick is an orchid hobbyist with over 35 years of experience, as a well as a former member of the green team at McDonald Garden Center. He was curator of the Kaplan Orchid Conservatory from 2007-2011. He has been a member of the American Orchid Society, Tidewater Orchid Society, and the Peninsula Orchid Society.

2:00 pm - Beekeeping Basics
presented by Pam Fisher

Interested in becoming a beekeeper? Learn the time and financial commitment necessary to keep bees successfully. Special emphasis on good neighbor beekeeping practices throughout the seasons.

About the speaker: Pam Fisher has kept honeybees for more than 25 years in Hampton Roads, Virginia. She is president emeritus of the Eastern Apicultural Society, and is a proponent of sustainable beekeeping and a founding member of the Beekeepers Guild of Southeast Virginia. Pam maintains approximately 50 honeybee colonies including those she manages for the Commonwealth of Virginia.

4:00 pm - Solutions for Moles and Voles
presented by 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.

About the speaker: Mike Westphal, a fifteen-year veteran of McDonald Garden Center (MGC), 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.”

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OUTDOOR SHOW 2019

McDonald Garden Center
1144 Independence Boulevard
Virginia Beach, VA 23455
757.464.5564