(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

Growing Herbs in Big Containers: What’s the Big Deal?
Ann Wheeler Log House Herbs
Saturday,September 23,2017-10:00 AM
Ann Wheeler Log House Herbs
Saturday,September 23,2017-10:00 AM

Herbs in containers — champions or challenges?

Well, both — but the benefits can prove highly successful. Get some great ideas about how to achieve the best balance for a lovely and versatile approach to herb-growing.

MGCEU: Fort Bend, Harris, Montgomery, Walker, Waller

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.

East Meets West in the Practice of Qi Gong
Tuesday,September 26,2017-10:00 AM
Week 3
Tuesday,September 26,2017-10:00 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.

Monarch Butterflies and Other Pollenators
Nancy Greig, Cockrell Butterfly Center
Wednesday,September 27,2017-12:00 PM
Nancy Greig, Cockrell Butterfly Center
Wednesday,September 27,2017-12:00 PM

Monarch butterflies and honeybees can be thought of as the “canaries in the coal mine,” warning us with their recent drastic population declines that other, less obvious pollinators may also be facing a crisis. We will take a look at the status of the monarch population (it’s not all bad news) in addition to discussing the importance of many other pollinators, and learn what the home gardener can do to attract and sustain bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and more.

MGCEU: Fort Bend, Montgomery, Walker, Waller

About the Instructor:

Nancy grew up in Alberta, Canada – a land of long, cold winters and short, relatively cool summers. This was not the ideal place for someone who loves insects and gardening! So she moved south as soon as she could – spending almost two years in Mexico, getting a PhD in tropical plant ecology at UT Austin, and then teaching field courses for a couple of years in Costa Rica. She has been director of the Cockrell Butterfly Center in Houston since 1994. In addition to her work at the museum she helps kids learn about vegetable gardening and keeps bees.

Heirloom Bulbs
Chris Wiesinger, Southern Bulb Co.
Saturday,September 30,2017-10:00 AM
Chris Wiesinger, Southern Bulb Co.
Saturday,September 30,2017-10:00 AM

Yes, bulbs can and do thrive in the South.

Create extraordinary gardens using treasured bulbs.

The first 50 participants will receive 10 Lycoris aurea!!!!!

About the Instructor:

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.

East Meets West in the Practice of Qi Gong
Tuesday,October 3,2017-10:00 AM
Week 4
Tuesday,October 3,2017-10:00 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.

Attracting Bluebirds to the Garden
Linda Crum Texas Bluebird Society
Thursday,October 5,2017-10:00 AM
Linda Crum Texas Bluebird Society
Thursday,October 5,2017-10:00 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.

MGCEU: Fort Bend, Montgomery, Walker

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.

Perennial Companions to Heirloom Bulbs
Heidi Sheesley, TreeSearch Farms
Saturday,October 7,2017-10:00 AM
Heidi Sheesley, TreeSearch Farms
Saturday,October 7,2017-10:00 AM

Create extraordinary gardens using treasured plants and bulbs.

MGCEU: Fort Bend, Harris, Montgomery, Walker, Waller

About the Instructor:

Heidi Sheesley is the owner of TreeSearch Farms, the Gulf Coast’s premier provider of perennials, natives, unique, and unusual plants.