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

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

Leafy, Luscious, and Lots to Harvest
Jeremy Kollaus Swiss Alp Growers
Thursday,October 19,2017-10:00 AM
Jeremy Kollaus Swiss Alp Growers
Thursday,October 19,2017-10:00 AM

Want to learn how to make your winter garden flourish? Come join Jeremy as he spills his secrets to a bountiful harvest of winter greens and other cool season veggies!

MGCEU: Fort Bend, Harris, Montgomery, Waller

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 grower, Jeremy is a great cook!

Rain Gardens
Angela Chandler The Garden Academy
Saturday,October 21,2017-10:00 AM
Angela Chandler The Garden Academy
Saturday,October 21,2017-10:00 AM

Rain gardens are a beautiful addition to any garden. But they are more than just a pretty face. Rain gardens help to reduce storm water runoff, recharge our groundwater system, and support songbirds & pollinators. They can be designed using a wide variety of plants including natives and our favorite adapted plants. Rain gardens can be any size and shape and can utilize sculptures, rockery and garden art. Once they are established, they are very low maintenance. A rain garden can become a place of serenity and reflection – a place you will look forward to visiting often.

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.

East Meets West in the Practice of Qi Gong
Tuesday,October 24,2017-10:00 AM
Week 7
Tuesday,October 24,2017-10:00 AM

$100 for 7-week course.
$20 per week for walk-ins.

Minimum of 5 sign-ups for full course to start.

Everyone is always nagging about exercise to be healthy. What if you feel so much pain or exhaustion the thought of exercise overwhelms you. Qigong incorporates herbal remedies, acupressure, meditation/prayer and simple breathing techniques with slow fluid movement that can be adapted to meet your needs at the moment and move into the future with you. I speak from experience. I have been gifted with 3 autoimmune dis-eases and complications. I understand the difficulty of trying to find a way to be as healthy as I possibly can. In this workshop, we won’t just be doing exercises. I will be explaining the benefits from the Eastern and Western perspectives. I have come to understand health is a continuum, a scale with personal value. If I feel and move better today than yesterday, that has value and gives me hope. Come play Qigong. If you can sit in a chair (even a wheel chair) you can play Qigong.

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.

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.

Teas, Tinctures, and Toddies
Cynthia Graham, RN, BSN
Saturday,October 28,2017-10:00 AM
Cynthia Graham, RN, BSN
Saturday,October 28,2017-10:00 AM

Your Great Grandmother, maybe even your Grandmother may have made remedies at home in the kitchen for colds, flu, cramps, headaches and other ailments. My favorites are Swedish Hot Toddy and Irish Hot Toddy, relief for just about anything and that’s how my Grandma used them. Revisit the early kitchens and these timeless treasures that helped restore health. But before you will be able to make the remedies, you will need to learn the plants behind the healing. Taste testing is an option.

MGCEU: Waller

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.

Bee Forum
Angela Chandler, The Garden Academy; and Matt & Kelly Brantley, BZ Honey
Sunday,October 29,2017-11:00 AM
Angela Chandler, The Garden Academy; and Matt & Kelly Brantley, BZ Honey
Sunday,October 29,2017-11:00 AM

Come see what all the buzz is about. If you’re a new beekeeper, come talk about what needs to be done to prepare your hives for winter. If you’re starting hives next year, come talk about hive types, equipment, and timelines for ordering your bees. Our Beekeepers will cover both Langstroth and Top Bar hive types. If you’re not interested in keeping bees, but want pollinators in your garden, we’ll also talk about plant selections and pesticide use. We’ll also have an observation hive, so bring the kids!

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.

Matt and Kelly Brantley want to provide local honey to everyone in the Houston area through their family business, BZ Honey. As third-generation beekeepers, they naturally manage their hives across NW Houston and provide pollination, removal, and consulting services for bees. During the honey season, you can usually find them and their honey at area farmer’s markets. Matt and Kelly currently manage the Langstroth and Warre hives at The Arbor Gate and hives at 5 other sites in NW Houston

Hypertufa Workshop – CLASS IS FULL
Henry Flowers
Thursday,November 2,2017-10:00 AM
Henry Flowers
Thursday,November 2,2017-10:00 AM

(There is a $15 materials fee for these class sessions)

Henry Flowers, Festival Hill Gardens

Hypertufa is an ancient material used for making a variety of containers for the farm or garden.  It is still useful today if you would like to make your own garden containers and it can be used to make other garden ornaments as well.  In this workshop you will learn how to make a hypertufa mix and will create a hypertufa container and an ornamental mushroom.  Once you know the basics you can start creating at home with the only limitation being your imagination.

The method for making “draped” hypertufa containers will also be discussed and demonstrated.

All materials for the projects will be supplied.  Please wear work clothes as hypertufa can stain some materials.  You will also need to bring a pair of sturdy rubber gloves (dishwashing types are good, disposable types are not) to protect your hands.

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.