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


Grillin' in the Garden

Independence & Great Neck Locations

The grill is hot, but the savings are sizzlin’! Celebrate Father’s Day a day early by joining us for our Grillin’ in the Garden customer appreciation event. Stop by our stores so we can 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 to say thanks for visiting us throughout the year and enjoying the McDonald Garden Center experience with us. So come out, bring the family, and enjoy a dog on us on Saturday, June 17th, 2023


Monarch Butterfly Tent

Independence Blvd Location

Join us June 19th-25th, 2023 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.


Pollinator Palooza

Year-Round Locations and Seasonal Garden Markets

Pollinators are the underrated heroes of the plant world. Whether it’s bee’s, birds, or butterflies, pollinators make sure that we can have a beautifully lush world to live in as well as keep fresh fruits and veggies on the table.

Join us as we celebrate National Pollinator Week, June 19th-25th, 2023. Take advantage of great deals on buzz-worthy pollinator plants, décor, and more to bee-utify your home and garden. Be sure to visit our Independence location to see our monarch butterfly tent and tune-in to our pollinator-inspired Facebook Live Webinar June 22nd at 11a.m. to learn about the importance of plants and pollinators.

More Details About Pollinator Palooza: 

2023 Pollinator Week Handbook

The Monarch Butterfly Tent at Our Independence Blvd. Location

Mike the Garden Guru's Webinar on Thursday, June 22nd

Pollinator Planter Workshop for Kids on Saturday, June 24th


Buzzing Beauties: Exploring the World of Pollinators

Live Stream - McDonald Garden Center's Facebook Page

Pollinators, such as bees, butterflies, birds, and bats, play a crucial role in maintaining the balance of ecosystems and ensuring the reproduction of countless plant species. In this webinar with Mike Westphal, the Garden Guru, we will discover the captivating lives and behaviors of these buzzing beauties as well as the plants they need to thrive. Mike will share his knowledge and insights into the diverse world of pollinators, exploring topics such as their unique adaptations, their intricate relationships with plants, and the challenges they face in the modern world. Whether you are a nature enthusiast, a gardener, or simply curious about the wonders of the natural world, this webinar offers an opportunity to deepen your understanding and appreciation for these remarkable creatures.


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 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

Crepe Myrtle Days

Year-Round Locations and Select Garden Markets

Join fellow myrtle maniacs July 14th - 16th, 2023 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 14th - June 30th, 2023) 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.