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Terrariums are not only a great way to display plants, but a fun journey to creating your own tiny world! These contained gardens can be made with almost any clear container, but with bottles, you add an additional layer of difficulty and intrigue to your world-building process. Whether the bottle you are using is big or small, closed or open, bottle terrariums are always possible with the right tips and tricks. 

The 2020 Olympics are finally happening in 2021 and we couldn’t be more inspired by how team USA is showing their talent and sportsmanship in Tokyo this summer. Since these games are so inspiring to our country, we wanted to host our own Plant Olympics here at McDonald Garden Center to see what plants are the podium winners of summer 2021! 

It’s hard to believe, but fall is almost here! As we are harvesting our beautiful fruits and veggies from this year's spring planting it's time to start planning for the next season! Don’t let the late summer heat deter you from getting ready to garden edible plants; there are lots to do to prepare for one of our favorite planting seasons of the year - fall veggie gardening! 

The crepe myrtle is one of Hampton Roads’ favorite trees with its tolerance to the summer heat and its gorgeous blooms that can last almost one-third of the year! While these trees bloom mostly throughout the summer into the fall, you can enjoy them all year-round with their dome-shaped canopies, interesting trunk shapes, smooth bark, and foliage that changes with the seasons. 


Summertime is the highlight of the year for bursting blooms and new growth in your garden. During these especially hot months, watering becomes the most essential element to keeping your plants happy and healthy. No matter what plant you have, they will need water, and knowing how much and at what frequency to water will make sure you are not over or under watering your plants. The following are some of our top 10 tips for watering your outdoor and indoor plants this summer.