Online Seminars

McDonald Garden Center is bringing you weekly online seminars that stream live on Facebook. Join Garden Guru, Mike Westphal, all season long for tips, tricks and more on all your holiday needs.

Online Seminars

Online Webinar: The Dos and Don'ts of Pruning Crepe Myrtles

Live Stream - McDonald Garden Center's Facebook Page

As one of our favorite trees, the Crepe Myrtle is definitely on a pedestal with its gorgeous 100 day show of blooms in the summer but also its characteristic bark that can be admired all year long. To keep Hampton Roads’ favorite tree healthy and thriving, learning how to properly prune is integral to your success. Luckily, we have over 75 years of experience and have streamlined the most effective techniques. Join Mike Westphal, the Garden Guru, for the best tips and tricks to pruning crepe myrtles this winter.


Online Webinar: The Garden Gurus Top 10 Birding Essentials

Live Stream - McDonald Garden Center's Facebook Page

Our gardens are beneficial to not only our well-being but the creatures that live in our environments as well. Birding is a large part of the gardening experience, no matter what time of year it is. In this webinar, the Garden Guru, Mike Westphal, takes us through his top 10 favorite items that make birding a real tweet. From unique homes and food to helpful supplies and more, the Guru is here for all your birding needs.


In-Store Seminar: Houseplant Education Series - The Wonderful World of Succulents

Independence & Great Neck Locations

Succulents make the perfect houseplant, for those of any age, to learn how to nurture their green thumb. These eclectic plants, with silhouettes and growing habits that look like something out of a Dr. Seuss book, come in an amazing assortment of colors, shapes and sizes. Learn about the many succulent varieties available, and how to care for and maintain them for succulent success! Seminar is FREE. Walk-ins welcome, no registration required. Seating is limited.


Online Webinar: Pruning Houseplants

Live Stream - McDonald Garden Center's Facebook Page

Houseplants, like all plants, need to be cared for throughout the year to avoid disease and pests. Keeping your indoor beauties looking fresh and fabulous starts with pruning. Knowing where and when to prune is occasionally a tricky process, which is why Mike, the Garden Guru is here to help! This webinar will guide you through the ins and outs of houseplant pruning, along with some care tips to get your indoor plants looking their best.


In-Store Seminar: Houseplant Education Series - Dress Up Your Indoors with Floor Plants

Independence & Great Neck Locations

Thank you for your interest in this seminar! Unfortunately, this event has been postponed until further notice. Please see our page here for more information on other future events.

From large, sculptural plants to charming succulents, there's a place for houseplants in every home. Plants add textural interest, fill in drab corners, soften architectural features, and they can enhance mood. Larger sized floor plants are especially ideal, when used as an accent plant or as a focal point indoors. With the help of our Green Team, we have picked a few easy-maintenance floor plants that will freshen up your home or office. Seminar is FREE. Walk-ins welcome, no registration required. Seating is limited.


Online Webinar: How to Create a Miniature Garden

Live Stream - McDonald Garden Center's Facebook Page

Imagine taking all the excitement and grandeur of a huge, thriving garden, and condensing it into an adorable and tiny space? That’s what makes miniature gardens one of the most popular offerings here at McDonald Garden Center. Whether it’s a whimsical fairy garden, a yogi-worthy zen garden, or even a practical desktop terrarium, Mike has you covered with tiny gardening tools, containers, plants, and even best practices to keep your mini gardens flourishing all year-round. This customizable process is not only great for the long-time gardener, but for beginners and even kids alike; so please join us on this journey to creating a slice of life for your home.