(281) 351-8851 15635 FM 2920, Tomball, Texas 77377
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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

The Southern Heirloom Landscape
Dr. Bill Welch, TAMU; Chris Wiesinger, The Southern Bulb Co.
Saturday,March 24,2018-10:00 AM
Dr. Bill Welch, TAMU; Chris Wiesinger, The Southern Bulb Co.
Saturday,March 24,2018-10:00 AM

Whether you are a do-it-yourselfer or hire a professional, think about landscape design as a process to bring order into your property. Dr. Welch and Chris will guide you through an array of southern heirlooms for color and charm.

About the Instructors:

Dr. Welch is the Texas Agrilife Extension Landscape Horticulturist at Texas A&M, and co-author of Heirloom Gardening in the South-Yesterdays Plants for Today’s Gardens (Texas A&M University Press) with Greg Grant.

Chris is a 2004 graduate of Texas A&M University, where he majored in horticulture and floriculture, and was a member of the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets. Chris founded the Southern Bulb Co. from a college project upon graduation.

Together, Chris and Bill co-authored The Bulb Hunter. The book details Christ Wiesinger’s adventures in bulb hunting, telling stories of the bulbs he has discovered and weaving in his own life story. He then teams with veteran horticulturist William C. Welch to provide advice on how to grow and appreciate the bulbs that have been rescued and reintroduced.

Ginger and Its Edible Cousins
Henry Flowers Festival Hill Gardens
Thursday,May 3,2018-10:00 AM
Henry Flowers Festival Hill Gardens
Thursday,May 3,2018-10:00 AM

Ginger is a fabulous herb of much use and history and, best of all, we can grow it here.  Learn how to grow and use this wonderful plant and some of its wonderful cousins such as turmeric and galangal.

About the Instructor:

Henry Flowers is a native Texan and a graduate of Texas A&M University. He holds both Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Horticulture. He is currently the Garden
Director at the International Festival-Institute in Round Top, Texas where, with the help of many volunteers, he oversees the gardens and herb collections.
He is the 2009 recipient of the Herb Society of America’s Joanna McQuail Reed Award for the Artistic Use of Herbs.

Underutilized Herbs
Henry Flowers Festival Hill Gardens
Saturday,April 21,2018-10:00 AM
Henry Flowers Festival Hill Gardens
Saturday,April 21,2018-10:00 AM

Basil, Basil, Basil….  Some herbs get all the attention! Yet, there are some lesser-known herbs that we can grow and that merit more attention and use.  Get adventurous and go beyond the parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme with these herbal treasures.

About the Instructor:

Henry Flowers is a native Texan and a graduate of Texas A&M University. He holds both Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Horticulture. He is currently the Garden Director at the International Festival-Institute in Round Top, Texas where, with the help of many volunteers, he oversees the gardens and herb collections. He is the 2009 recipient of the Herb Society of America’s Joanna McQuail Reed Award for the Artistic Use of Herbs.

Container Gardening That Makes a Statement
Gaye Hammond Houston Rose Society
Saturday,April 14,2018-10:00 AM
Gaye Hammond Houston Rose Society
Saturday,April 14,2018-10:00 AM

With the size of landscapes shrinking, more and more focus is being directed to container plantings that make a dramatic statement in the landscape, along a walkway or at a gate. There are a few tricks to creating a beautiful container of plants that are low maintenance, self-sustaining and has lots of WOW factor and we will cover these in the class.   We will also share instruction on installing a low volume irrigation system to keep the container plants watered and healthy.

About the Instructor:

Gaye is the Past President of the Houston Rose Society and an international lecturer and writer. She is involved in a number of rose trials around the country and has evaluated Kordes’ roses in trials in Oregon, New York and Texas. She is also a contributing author to A Garden Book for Houston and the Texas Gulf Coast and The Sustainable Rose Garden.

Best Trees for the Gulf South
Dr. David Creech Stephen F. Austin University
Thursday,March 22,2018-10:00 AM
Dr. David Creech Stephen F. Austin University
Thursday,March 22,2018-10:00 AM

With all climate models predicting a hotter and drier Gulf South with more weather extremes (longer drought spells, heavier rain events and more violent thunderstorms), perhaps it’s a great idea to rethink our woody ornamental palette . What are the most promising trees for a 21st century Texas? Dr. Creech has been evaluating trees for most of his career and he will recount those that surprise and delight under the demands of a changing world.

About the Instructor:

Dr. David Creech, Professor of Horticulture, has been at Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas since September, 1978. His teaching responsibilities include courses in fruit and vegetable production, greenhouse management, landscape plant materials, plant propagation, and nursery management. His effort has focused on blueberry germplasm and production studies, alternative crop/alternative technology work, crop nutrition studies, new plant introductions for the ornamental horticulture industry, endangered plant rescue, research and reintroduction, and finding sustainable solutions to environmental concerns. Dr. Creech is a contributing writer to numerous scholarly and trade publications. Dr. Creech has enjoyed numerous international consultancies since 1981 to Pakistan, Guatemala, Mexico, Nepal, Israel and China. His latest work in China collaborates with colleagues at the Nanjing Botanical Garden and has a focus on Taxodium improvement and research, nursery production and blueberry potential. Dr. Creech was President, 1991-1992, of the Native Plant Society of Texas, an 1800 member, 31 chapter organization dedicated to the conservation, selection and use of the native plants of Texas.He is currently the Director of the ten-acre SFA Mast Arboretum, an on-campus resource that has enjoyed steady growth, development, utilization and visitation since its inception in 1985. Dr. Creech’s also directs the 8-acre SFA Ruby Mize Azalea Garden which opened in 2000. The garden features over a mile of trails, 6000+ azaleas, over 200 varieties of Japanese maples and 400 varieties of camellias plus a wide assortment of companion trees and shrubs. He is also co-Director of a new 40-acre forest resource on the SFA campus, the SFA Pineywoods Native Plant Center, only the third garden affiliated with the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas. He signs all his letters, “Keep planting.”

Shut Up and Plant Something!
Greg Grant Smith County Horticulturist
Saturday,March 17,2018-10:00 AM
Greg Grant Smith County Horticulturist
Saturday,March 17,2018-10:00 AM

Greg Grant will talk about his favorite plants from the Arbor Gate. Need, want, who cares? Just plant something. Gardening heals all.

About the Instructor:

Greg Grant is a horticulturist, conservationist, and writer from Tyler, Texas. Each month he writes an article for the Arbor Gate Blog where he is given free range to write about any topic that interests him. During the week he is the Smith County horticulturist in Tyler for the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and on the weekends he tends his grandparent’s restored dogtrot farmhouse, his Rebel Eloy Emanis Pine Savanna and Bird Sanctuary, and terriers Acer, Lizzie, Mollie, and Sonny.

Look Back, Looking Ahead
Ann Wheeler, Log House Herbs
Saturday,March 10,2018-10:00 AM
Ann Wheeler, Log House Herbs
Saturday,March 10,2018-10:00 AM

March is a great time to think about herbs for several reasons:  First, how do my herbs look now, in early Spring?  Second, what will they need during  the long hot Summer ? Finally, how shall I choose  new herbs?

Bring your questions and join us for this wide-ranging, informative, and entertaining class!

About the Instructor:

Ann Wheeler of Log House Herb Farm is consultant of fine culinary and ornamental herbs to The Arbor Gate.

Tomato Contest
Judges: Bill Adams, Jeremy Kollaus, Chef Chris Crowder
Saturday,June 9,2018-10:00 AM
Judges: Bill Adams, Jeremy Kollaus, Chef Chris Crowder
Saturday,June 9,2018-10:00 AM

Judges will choose winners in the categories of largest fruit and best tasting fruit. Don’t miss out on the fun!

Categories are:

  • Best tasting small (2″diameter or less)
  • Best tasting large (2″ diameter or more)
  • Largest ( determined by weight)
  • Prettiest Single Tomato (10 ounces or more)
  • Most Uniform Sample of 4 Tomatoes (single variety/2″ diameter or more)
  • Best tasting salsa
  • Best tasting marinara

Entry tomato must have been grown personally by the registrant, and not have been used in any previous tomato contest. Tomatoes may be any color, shape, or size.

Contest will be followed by a tomato and salsa tasting.

Attracting Bluebirds to the Garden
Linda Crum Texas Bluebird Society
Thursday,March 15,2018-10:00 AM
Linda Crum Texas Bluebird Society
Thursday,March 15,2018-10:00 AM

Bluebirds are a delightful addition to the landscape!

Easy to attract, Linda will show you how to bring their vibrant color to your garden.

About the Instructor:

Linda is a Texas Master naturalist and has monitored bluebirds in her backyard for years. She also monitors a bluebird trail at a nearby State Forest and reports all data to Cornell Laboratories, NestWatch program.

Art in the Garden
Felder Rushing, Author
Saturday,May 12,2018-10:00 AM
Felder Rushing, Author
Saturday,May 12,2018-10:00 AM

The gardens at The Arbor Gate are dressed out in all their finery just for this annual event. Enjoy the day strolling through our display gardens and visiting with our gardening staff and talented artists. Highlighting the day will be our Arbor Gate artisans as well as guest artists who will be displaying some of their newest works.

About the Instructor:

Felder Rushing is a true Southern Garden Guru. He’s a well known author of 14 gardening books, Felder lectures widely across the country. His delivery combines down-home style laced with humor, zany metaphors, and real-life anecdotes!