Events

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

June172024

Monarch Butterfly Tent

Independence Location ONLY

Join us June 17th-23rd, 2024 at our Independence location and get up close and personal to beautiful monarch butterflies. Stroll through the butterfly tent where you can observe and interact with adult monarch butterflies and hungry caterpillars munching, forming, and emerging from their chrysalis’. Our Green Team will be there for you if you have any questions or if you need any assistance while in the tent. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience the magic of a butterfly encounter the whole family can enjoy and learn from. Experience is FREE, space is limited inside the tent, waiting for entry may be required.

June172024

Pollinator Palooza

Year-Round Locations and Seasonal Garden Markets

Ready to make your garden buzz? Join us for National Pollinator Week, June 17th - 23rd, 2024! We’ve got amazing deals on all the plants that attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Visit both locations for hands-on crafts, interactive displays, and expert advice from our Green Team. And you can’t miss our monarch butterfly tent at the Independence location—it’s a magical experience that’s sure to inspire. Come celebrate with us and transform your garden into a pollinator paradise!

Exhibits/Displays 
Educational Pollinator Plant Displays – All McDonald locations, Monday –Sunday, June 17 - 23, 9am-6pm 
The Monarch Butterfly Tent – Independence Boulevard, Monday – Sunday, June 17 - 23, 9am-6pm
Honey Bee Observation Hive from the Virginia Beach Bee Club – Independence Boulevard, Sunday, June 23, 9am-2pm.

Activities
Become a Pollinator Pal Game - Independence Boulevard, Monday –Sunday, June 17 - 23, 9am-6pm 
Coloring Wall - Year-Round Locations, Monday –Sunday, June 17 - 23, 9am-6pm 
Pollinator Planter Workshop for Kids – Year-Round locations, Saturday, June 22, 11:00am
Beekeeping Basics: Dive into the World of Honey Bees with the Virginia Beach Bee Club In-Store Seminar – Independence Boulevard, Sunday, June 23, 12:00pm

Special Promotions/Giveaways
Monarch Caterpillar Giveaway - McDonald Garden Center Social Media
Monarch caterpillars available for purchase - Year-Round locations, Monday –Sunday, June 17 - 23, 9am-6pm (while supplies last).
Great deals on pollinator plants, habitats & more – All McDonald locations, Monday –Sunday, June 17 - 23, 9am-6pm, (selection varies by location, while supplies last).
 

June222024

Pollinator Planter Workshop for Kids

Independence Boulevard & Great Neck Locations

Have you heard the buzz? Join us in celebrating National Pollinator Week by bringing your little busy bees to create their very own pollinator container. Let your kid’s imagination grow as they paint their own bee-utiful pot, inspired by one of three famed pollinators, and plant a pollinator favorite, lantana. Kids will learn about pollinators and pollinator plants during this fun and interactive workshop. We supply all the materials, just come and enjoy! Recommended for ages 3 and up. Parental assistance is required. Cost $15, includes instructions and all supplies. Register in-store or online. Walk-ins are welcome while supplies last.

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Pollinator Planter Workshop for Kids
June232024

Beekeeping Basics: Dive into the World of Honey Bees with the Virginia Beach Bee Club

Independence Location ONLY

Join us during Pollinator Palooza as we welcome the Virginia Beach Bee Club and their honey bee observation hive! This FREE in-store seminar at our Independence Blvd. location is your chance to learn everything about one of our favorite pollinators: bees. See these busy bees up close and discover the intricacies of hive architecture, bee culture, and the role of beekeepers in hive conservation. Plus, enjoy fascinating fun facts about bees! Mark your calendar for Sunday, June 23rd at 12pm and don't miss this unforgettable buzzworthy experience!

Walk-in’s are welcome, no registration required. Seating is limited.

June292024

Beach Terrarium Workshop for Kids

Independence Boulevard & Great Neck Locations

Dive into summer with our Beach Terrarium Workshop for Kids! Join us on June 29th at 11am at both of our year-round locations for a fun and creative experience. In this workshop, kids will get to place tillandsias, create colorful sand art, and add some totally rad beach-themed touches to craft their own mini day at the beach. Perfect for decorating a windowsill, this terrarium will bring a bit of summer magic indoors.

Cost is $20, all supplies and instruction is included. Each child will receive an glass terrarium, assorted succulents, a surfboard or beach chair, and colored sand to create their beach terrariums. Registration is open in-store or online, but hurry—spaces fill up fast! Walk-ins are welcome while supplies last. Recommended for kids ages 3 and up.

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Beach Terrarium Workshop for Kids
July102024

The Georgia Peach Truck

Independence Location ONLY

Nothing says summer like a fresh, juicy, peach! We’re excited to announce that the Georgia Peach Truck will be making two peach “pit” stops at our Independence Boulevard location. Peaches are sold by the box. For pre-ordering, pricing, and other FAQs, click on the links below.

Pre-order by midnight on Wednesday, June 12 for pickup on Wednesday, June 19 from 12:00pm - 1:30pm:

https://georgiapeachtruck.com/preorder-pickup/virginia-beach-va-june-19-2024/

Pre-order by midnight on Wednesday, July 3 for pickup on Wednesday, July 10 from 12:00pm - 1:30pm:

https://georgiapeachtruck.com/preorder-pickup/virginia-beach-va-july-10-2024/

Walk-in's for peaches are also accepted. Don't miss out on this delicious opportunity to bring home the taste of summer!

July192024

Crepe Myrtle Days

Year-Round Locations and Seasonal Garden Markets

Join fellow myrtle maniacs July 19th - 21st, 2024 at all McDonald Garden Center year-round locations and Garden Markets to take advantage of myrtle markdowns during one of our most anticipated sales events of the year! For every $10 spent (May 12th - June 30th, 2024) you will receive $1.00 of Myrtle Money to use during our annual Crepe Myrtle Days sales event. We will be tracking your points so we can send you a custom Myrtle Money voucher in the mail prior to the event for you to spend on all kinds of plants and products. We ask that you please make sure your gardenRewards address is up to date.