(281) 351-8851 15635 FM 2920, Tomball, Texas 77377
Sunday - Wednesday 9-5 Thursday - Saturday 9-6

Classes

Be Informed!

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

Tomato Contest
Judges: Bill Adams, Jeremy Kollaus, Chef Chris Crowder
Saturday,June 3,2017-10:00 AM
Judges: Bill Adams, Jeremy Kollaus, Chef Chris Crowder
Saturday,June 3,2017-10:00 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.

Art in the Garden
Felder Rushing, Author
Saturday,May 13,2017-10:00 AM
Felder Rushing, Author
Saturday,May 13,2017-10:00 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!

Razzle-Dazzle Basil!
Ann Wheeler, Log House Herbs Chef Chris Crowder
Saturday,May 6,2017-10:00 AM
Ann Wheeler, Log House Herbs Chef Chris Crowder
Saturday,May 6,2017-10:00 AM

It’s the biggest selling herb in the country, and a champion success in our region. Come find out everything you want to know about choosing, growing, using, and saving for the winter— Chef Crowder will join Ann with recipes and tastings to show you what the Razzle Dazzle is all about!

About the Instructors:

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

Chef Chris Crowder is a professional chef and long time friend of The Arbor Gate. He prepares delicious dishes for many of the Arbor Gate events and specializes in herbal recipes.

Razzle-Dazzle Basil!
Ann Wheeler Log House Herbs
Thursday,May 4,2017-10:00 AM
Ann Wheeler Log House Herbs
Thursday,May 4,2017-10:00 AM

It’s the biggest selling herb in the country, and a champion success in our region. Come find out everything you want to know about choosing, growing, using, and saving for the winter— Chef Crowder will join Ann with recipes and tastings to show you what the Razzle Dazzle is all about!

About the Instructors:

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

Chef Chris Crowder is a professional chef and long time friend of The Arbor Gate. He prepares delicious dishes for many of the Arbor Gate events and specializes in herbal recipes.

Container Herb Gardening
Henry Flowers Festival Hill Gardens
Saturday,April 29,2017-10:00 AM
Henry Flowers Festival Hill Gardens
Saturday,April 29,2017-10:00 AM

Do you have limited space in your garden or no gardening space at all? Or, perhaps, do you have horrible soil and don’t want to spend a lot of money or time to amend it? Do you like to cook? Well, if you answered any of these questions with a positive response then container gardening is for you. Most herbs grow very well in containers and I find that some even do better in pots than in the ground. Being able to keep herbs as near to the kitchen as possible means that you will be more likely to use them. Learn the ins and outs of growing herbs in containers and you will soon have a wealth of fresh herbs available for culinary delights.

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.

Landscape Design and Maintenance Made Easy
Skip Richter Harris Co. Extension Agent - Horticulture
Saturday,April 22,2017-10:00 AM
Skip Richter Harris Co. Extension Agent - Horticulture
Saturday,April 22,2017-10:00 AM

Landscape design and maintenance need not be a daunting task! Learn about Earth-Kind landscaping and how to create a beautiful, Texas tough, low maintenance landscape that is also easy to care for and environmentally friendly.

About the Instructor:

Skip received his master’s degree in Horticulture from Texas A&M University. He has been with the Texas AgriLife Extension Service for 24 years in Montgomery, Travis and Harris County where he currently serves as a County Extension Agent in Horticulture.

Vegetables – Is It Too Late?
Jeremy Kollaus Swiss Alp Growers
Thursday,April 20,2017-10:00 AM
Jeremy Kollaus Swiss Alp Growers
Thursday,April 20,2017-10:00 AM

It is never too late! Even in our Texas summers there are delicious, heat-tolerant varieties to keep your vegetable garden productive. Learn the varieties that thrive, not just survive in our hot summer months.

About the Instructor:

Jeremy Kollaus’ low key approach to gardening appeals to the laid-back gardener in each of us. Not only an experienced vegetable gardener and grwoer, Jeremy is a great cook!

Vertical Gardens Made Easy…and Affordable!
Steven Chamblee Chandor Gardens
Saturday,April 15,2017-10:00 AM
Steven Chamblee Chandor Gardens
Saturday,April 15,2017-10:00 AM

Love the idea of creating your own vertical garden for your wall, but got all hung up by the high cost of pre-fab kits? Let Steven show you how to make inexpensive, long-lasting vertical garden panels that are easy to plant and maintain. He’ll make several themed versions, then draw for lucky winners to take them home!

About the Instructor:

Steven Chamblee is the Chief Horticulturist for Chandor Gardens in Weatherford. He serves as Consulting Editor and Author for Neil Sperry’s GARDENS magazine, and writes a monthly e-newsletter column entitle Native Son, and is an Adjunct Instructor for Tarrant County College and Texas Christian University’s Extended Education. He has studied public and private gardens in England, Denmark, Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico, Hawaii, and across the continental United United States. He is proud to be one of those rare horticulturists who concurrently talks the talk and walks the walk.

The Art of Espalier
Angela Chandler
Saturday,April 8,2017-10:00 AM
Angela Chandler
Saturday,April 8,2017-10:00 AM

Espalier is where practical gardening meets living art. Originally used to save space in a garden, espalier quickly grew as an ornamental practice. Many woody plants can be trained as espalier – apples, pears, figs, citrus, camellias, climbing roses, even Japanese maples. Espalier looks difficult, but it is easy to become proficient with a few simple tips about timing and technique. Once they are established maintenance is quick & easy.

About the Instructor:

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.

What’s New and Unique in the Plant World
Rand Hopkins
Tuesday,April 4,2017-10:00 AM
Rand Hopkins
Tuesday,April 4,2017-10:00 AM

Uniquely different and new introductions from this premier grower.

About the Instructor:

Rand C. Hopkins grew up in Houston, TX and graduated from Clear Lake High School. Upon graduation he attended Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. where he received a Bachelor of Sciences in Natural Resources with a minor in Horticulture. Rand started working for Monrovia in 1993 in both the Dayton, Or and Visalia, Ca. locations, and over the past 13 years he has been based in Houston, TX as an outside sales representative for Monrovia. When he is not talking about plants Rand enjoys playing guitar in a local band and spending time with his wife Julie and children Sienna and Reed.

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