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


Themed Containers - Porch Pots with Personality

Live Stream - McDonald Garden Center's Facebook Page

Containers are always a great gateway to gardening, so why not give them a little pizazz? Theme your containers and add some serious fun to your porch, patio, or garden beds. The Garden Guru is here to help with container inspiration through a variety of ideas and styles that are sure to make your personality come through in your gardening from pots to plants and more.  



Container Days

Year-Round Locations and Seasonal Garden Markets

Whether you make an overflowing pot of your favorite blooms, a planter full of fresh veggies, or a beloved arrangement of specimens that needs their own glorious vessel, container gardens are for any gardener at any time. Make gardening an even more involved and creative activity with our Container Days event this May 27th - 30th, 2022! 

Join us all Memorial Day weekend for: 

  • Inspirational container displays and ideas.
  • A pot-your-own container station — leave your mess with us!
  • Tips on how to build containers from scratch with the help of our Green Team experts.
  • An exclusive demonstration from Mike, the Garden Guru at our Independence location on Saturday the 28th at 11am.

Container Making Demonstration with Mike, the Garden Guru

Independence Blvd Location

Ever wonder how to turn your patio pots into unforgettable plant-filled containers? Join Mike Westphal, the Garden Guru for this in-person demonstration on container making during our Container Days event! Mike will be going through all things container gardening from basics to extravagant arrangements in this hour-long demo on Saturday, May 28th at 11am. This FREE event with the Garden Guru will be held at our Independence location in Virginia Beach, VA exclusively. Walk-in’s are welcome, no registration required. Seating is limited.


Crepe Myrtle Days

Year-Round Locations and Seasonal Garden Markets

Join fellow myrtle maniacs July 16th - 17th 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 8 - June 30, 2022) you will receive $1.00 of Myrtle Money to use during our annual Crepe Myrtle Days sales event, which will take place July 16th - July 17th. We will be tracking your points so we can send you a custom Myrtle Money voucher in the mail prior to the event. We ask that you please make sure your gardenRewards address is up to date.


Upcoming Workshops

No workshops are scheduled at this time.