The Southern Heirloom Landscape
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.
Ginger and Its Edible Cousins
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.
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.
Container Gardening That Makes a Statement
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.
Best Trees for the Gulf South
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.
Shut Up and Plant Something!
Greg Grant will talk about his favorite plants from the Arbor Gate. Need, want, who cares? Just plant something. Gardening heals all.
Look Back, Looking Ahead
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!
Judges will choose winners in the categories of largest fruit and best tasting fruit. Don’t miss out on the fun!
- 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
Bluebirds are a delightful addition to the landscape!
Easy to attract, Linda will show you how to bring their vibrant color to your garden.
Art in the Garden
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.