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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

Pamper Yourself, Don’t Pollute
Cynthia Graham, RN, BSN
Thursday,March 23,2017-10:00 AM
Cynthia Graham, RN, BSN
Thursday,March 23,2017-10:00 AM

Do you use commercial shampoo, condition, lotion, make-up, deodorant, antiperspirant or other personal hygiene and beauty products? Have you read the labels? Can you identify and understand all those complicated chemical names? Let’s discuss some of those chemicals and their effects. Then discover simple recipes to create your very own product with the textures and smells you’ll love all day. Coconut oil, olive oil, honey, rosemary, lavender, sage, tea tree are just a few of the possible ingredients.

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.

Gardening with Color – Creating the WOW Factor
Gaye Hammond
Saturday,March 25,2017-10:00 AM
Gaye Hammond
Saturday,March 25,2017-10:00 AM

The use of color can make or break a landscape. Like an artist creates a masterpiece on canvas, the use of color in the landscape is one of the most important design elements to create the “WOW” factor that we strive for. Color can be used to lighten up a dark shady corner or calm an overly bright one. Come learn the tips, tricks and trends employed by landscape designers in using color in the landscape to make a property pop!

About the Instructor:

Gaye is the Past President of the Houston Rose Society and an international lecturer and writer. She is involved in a number of rose trials around the country and has evaluated Kordes’ roses in trials in Oregon, New York and Texas. She is also a contributing author to A Garden Book for Houston and the Texas Gulf Coast and The Sustainable Rose Garden.

Woody Trees and Shrubs to Make Your Neighbors Envy You
Dr. David Creech
Thursday,March 30,2017-10:00 AM
Dr. David Creech
Thursday,March 30,2017-10:00 AM

Tired of the being part of a cookie cutter landscape world? Think you need a little diversity? Don’t want to water that much? Want to think outside the box? Well there’s a world of plant material that will make your landscape a singular spot in the neighborhood. Join Dr. Creech as he runs through a list of woody trees and shrubs (and a few perennials) that will set you apart from your neighbors. With a focus on water saving, fruit, flower and form there’s more to grow than you might imagine. From shade trees, to small flowering trees, to shrubs, to hollies, to screens, to accent points – be part of adding to the excitement of adventuresome Horticulture in Texas.

About the Instructor:

Dr. David Creech, Professor of Horticulture, has been at Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas since September, 1978. His teaching responsibilities include courses in fruit and vegetable production, greenhouse management, landscape plant materials, plant propagation, and nursery management. His effort has focused on blueberry germplasm and production studies, alternative crop/alternative technology work, crop nutrition studies, new plant introductions for the ornamental horticulture industry, endangered plant rescue, research and reintroduction, and finding sustainable solutions to environmental concerns. Dr. Creech is a contributing writer to numerous scholarly and trade publications. Dr. Creech has enjoyed numerous international consultancies since 1981 to Pakistan, Guatemala, Mexico, Nepal, Israel and China. His latest work in China collaborates with colleagues at the Nanjing Botanical Garden and has a focus on Taxodium improvement and research, nursery production and blueberry potential. Dr. Creech was President, 1991-1992, of the Native Plant Society of Texas, an 1800 member, 31 chapter organization dedicated to the conservation, selection and use of the native plants of Texas.He is currently the Director of the ten-acre SFA Mast Arboretum, an on-campus resource that has enjoyed steady growth, development, utilization and visitation since its inception in 1985. Dr. Creech’s also directs the 8-acre SFA Ruby Mize Azalea Garden which opened in 2000. The garden features over a mile of trails, 6000+ azaleas, over 200 varieties of Japanese maples and 400 varieties of camellias plus a wide assortment of companion trees and shrubs. He is also co-Director of a new 40-acre forest resource on the SFA campus, the SFA Pineywoods Native Plant Center, only the third garden affiliated with the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas. He signs all his letters, “Keep planting.”

Edible Pollinators
Angela Chandler
Saturday,April 1,2017-10:00 AM
Angela Chandler
Saturday,April 1,2017-10:00 AM

Everyone loves growing things you can eat, and everyone loves growing flowers that attract pollinators and beautiful flying insects. There are many vegetables, fruits and herbs that provide delicious food while also providing habitat and food for butterflies, bees, hummingbirds and other pollinators. In this talk, Angela Chandler will share ideas of specific edible plants you can grow that benefit the pollinating wildlife.

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.

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.

Lunch with the Experts: Solving House Plan Problems with Landscaping Feng Shui
Katherine Ashby
Wednesday,April 12,2017-12:00 PM
Katherine Ashby
Wednesday,April 12,2017-12:00 PM

Odd-shaped or unbalanced buildings can be a feng shui problem that is eliminated with strategically placed landscaping. Come and learn the art of landscaping from the feng shui perspective, including shapes, colors and types of plants to enhance the harmony, balance and beauty of your home.

About the Instructor:

Katherine Ashby has training and experience in both Western and Eastern Feng Shui practices. For 18 years Ms. Ashby has specialized in residential feng shui, helping clients buy and sell real estate, and designing, renovating, and rearranging their homes for using the art of placement. She is part of the Classical Chinese Wu Chang Feng Shui Lineage. Ms. Ashby has taught Feng Shui classes for University of Houston, Baylor College of Medicine, MD Anderson Cancer Center, and Houston Community College. Ms. Ashby is the author of Facing Prosperity: The Power of Your Personal Feng Shui Directions.

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