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Classes

Be Informed!

*There is no fee for classes unless otherwise noted*

The Arbor Gate’s frequent and wide-ranging classes, workshops, and special events provide enriching information and experiences throughout the gardening year. Our participants gain not only knowledge, but also inspiration and the incentive to get gardening! get cooking! get landscaping! get building that compost heap! get welding! and the list goes on!

Presenters range from published authors to local experts, some Arbor Gate favorites and others brand new to our audiences. Numerous authors of the books we stock are popular class and workshop presenters.

During the fall season until early December, and beginning again in the new year, a full and descriptive schedule, including speakers’ credentials and specific topics, are posted on the website at arborgate.com. Website sign-up makes it easy and convenient to get involved.

Whether your interest is horticultural, culinary, or artistic, there’s a class (or two or three) for you! So sign up, mark your calendars, and be ready to be energized and renewed.

MGCEU: Classes marked with an “MGCEU” are eligible for Master Gardener Continuing Education.

As Buckminster Fuller said, “You can never learn less, you can only learn more.”

Our Classes

Monarch Butterflies and Other Pollenators
Nancy Greig, Cockrell Butterfly Center
Wednesday,September 27,2017-12:00 PM
Nancy Greig, Cockrell Butterfly Center
Wednesday,September 27,2017-12:00 PM

Monarch butterflies and honeybees can be thought of as the “canaries in the coal mine,” warning us with their recent drastic population declines that other, less obvious pollinators may also be facing a crisis. We will take a look at the status of the monarch population (it’s not all bad news) in addition to discussing the importance of many other pollinators, and learn what the home gardener can do to attract and sustain bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and more.

MGCEU: Fort Bend, Montgomery, Walker, Waller

About the Instructor:

Nancy grew up in Alberta, Canada – a land of long, cold winters and short, relatively cool summers. This was not the ideal place for someone who loves insects and gardening! So she moved south as soon as she could – spending almost two years in Mexico, getting a PhD in tropical plant ecology at UT Austin, and then teaching field courses for a couple of years in Costa Rica. She has been director of the Cockrell Butterfly Center in Houston since 1994. In addition to her work at the museum she helps kids learn about vegetable gardening and keeps bees.

What Your Weeds are Trying to Tell You
Angela Chandler The Garden Academy
Wednesday,October 11,2017-12:00 PM
Angela Chandler The Garden Academy
Wednesday,October 11,2017-12:00 PM

Weeds are unwelcome trespassers in the home landscape, but they have a lot to say. Learning to read them will help you diagnose soil conditions so you can improve the overall health and fertility of your soil. Before you pull them out or reach for the sprayer, take a minute to listen. Your weed management strategy will take a giant leap forward.

This class will cover how to read the weeds and what to do with the information. We will also cover the place weeds have in nature, some useful weeds, and a long term strategy to reduce their presence in your garden.

MGCEU: Fort Bend, Montgomery, Waller

About the Instructors:

Angela Chandler is a lifelong gardener with a passion for learning and teaching. She tends a 1/2 acre garden in Highlands, Texas that includes ornamentals, fruits, a small experimental nursery, a flock of Buff Orpington chickens, and a Lab mix named Harley. Her gardening adventures would not be possible without her husband, Fred – always willing to help unload leaves, compost and help build beds. Angela is a member of the Harris County Master Gardener Association – Retired, and a member of the Garden Writer’s Association.

Liver Lingo of Plants
Cynthia Graham, RN, BSN
Wednesday,October 25,2017-12:00 PM
Cynthia Graham, RN, BSN
Wednesday,October 25,2017-12:00 PM

Our livers cleanse the blood. They are the filtering factories of our bodies. Plants can supply the nutrients to keep the liver clean, clear and healthy. When the liver is working properly the blood moves nutrients, hormones are flushed, recycled and balanced. Weight can be better regulated when fat, drugs and other toxins can be removed from the abdomen. Come learn the plants involved in Liver Lingo. Maybe this year the holiday 5 – 20 lbs. gain will miss you.

About the Instructor:

Cynthia Graham is an RN (BSN-UT Houston) with an avid interest in traditional home remedies, cultural healing practices, and mind body-disciplines. She has studied holistic practices as far away as Beijing, China and as near as San Marcos, Texas. Her practice settings include barns, campgrounds, archeological digs, schools, doctors’ offices and hospitals. Cynthia is a Certified Qi Gong Instructor and Aroma Therapist.