(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

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.

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.

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.

The Foodscape Revolution
Brie Arthur
Tuesday,May 9,2017-10:00 AM
Brie Arthur
Tuesday,May 9,2017-10:00 AM

Join the revolution by growing bounty and beauty in everyday landscapes. Brie has fine-tuned her signature design technique of Foodscaping, a sustainable landscape practice. Working with public school systems and suburban developments, Brie is the changing the way green spaces are designed and utilized. Encouraging everyone to “think outside of the box,” learn how pairing edibles in a traditional ornamental landscape increases bio-diversity and adds purpose to everyday spaces.

The best edible and ornamental plants are featured to inspire attendees to create purposeful landscapes that engage people of all ages. Organic growing insights are shared to encourage professionals and homeowners to embrace sustainable practices.

Brie will also have her book, “The Foodscape Revolution,” for sale and signing after the class.

About the Author

Originally from southeastern Michigan, Brie Arthur studied Landscape Design and Horticulture at Purdue University. She has more than a decade of experience in plant production at leading nurseries including Plant Delights and Camellia Forest.

Today, she conveys her love of plants and design through writing, speaking, film production and consulting. Brie is an inspired, creative advocate for the value of horticulture in our lives – both for the green industry and the public.

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!

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.

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