(281) 351-8851 15635 FM 2920, Tomball, Texas 77377
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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

Rose Pruning
Gaye Hammond
Saturday,February 25,2017-10:00 AM
Gaye Hammond
Saturday,February 25,2017-10:00 AM

Take the guesswork out of pruning. Learn secrets from the expert!

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.

Attracting Bluebirds To The Garden
Linda Crum TX Bluebird Society
Thursday,March 2,2017-10:00 AM
Linda Crum TX Bluebird Society
Thursday,March 2,2017-10:00 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. You may also join the Texas Bluebird Society, and with a new membership receive a free nestbox.

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.

The Southern Heirloom Landscape
Dr. Bill Welch & Chris Wiesinger
Saturday,March 4,2017-10:00 AM
Dr. Bill Welch & Chris Wiesinger
Saturday,March 4,2017-10:00 AM

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.

About the Instructors:

Dr. Welch is the Texas Agrilife Extension Landscape Horticulturist at Texas A&M, and co-author of Heirloom Gardening in the South-Yesterdays Plants for Today’s Gardens (Texas A&M University Press) with Greg Grant.

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.

Together, Chris and Bill co-authored The Bulb Hunter. The book details Christ Wiesinger’s adventures in bulb hunting, telling stories of the bulbs he has discovered and weaving in his own life story. He then teams with veteran horticulturist William C. Welch to provide advice on how to grow and appreciate the bulbs that have been rescued and reintroduced.

Gardening by the Moon
Beth House
Sunday,March 5,2017-11:00 AM
Beth House
Sunday,March 5,2017-11:00 AM

Planting by the lunar cycle has been utilized throughout the ages. Let the moon guide you with seed starting, harvesting, pruning and weeding.

About the Instructor:

Beth House has been an avid gardener since about 4 years old. We won’t say how long ago that is!! Although my career was in accounting, I was able to more actively pursue gardening beginning in 2005, when I attended the Harris County Master Gardener series at Mercer graduating in 2006.

Starting employment in February 2005 at Tomball’s own Arbor Gate. I was also active with Urban Harvest on their Farmer’s Market Board of Directors and organizing events and visiting local farms. My love of herbs, vegetable, fruit trees, and citrus have taken me to a number of groups throughout the Houston area. I am a firm believer in utilizing all the tools for successful gardening, this includes using the age old moon and planetary influences on the development of our trees and plants.

Lunch with the Experts: Garden Problem Solving – Keeping it Simple
Leon Macha Greenleaf Nursery
Wednesday,March 8,2017-12:00 PM
Leon Macha Greenleaf Nursery
Wednesday,March 8,2017-12:00 PM

As the writer of a weekly gardening column by ‘The Practical Southern Gardener’, Leon’s approach to garden problem solving is education to understand the problem and apply the fix that is easy, effective, and low cost. Come with your gardening challenges and pick up on ideas to improve your success in the garden and landscape. There is always a lot to be learned from other gardener’s problems.

About the Instructor:

Leon Macha has 42 years of experience in the nursery industry. He has a Masters of Agriculture: Horticulture from Texas A&M, is a certified professional horticulturist, a certified arborist, and sat on the Advisory Board for Stephen F. Austin University Gardens. Leon is also the author of “The Practical Southern Gardener.”

Spring Vegetable Gardening
Tom LeRoy & Bill Adams
Saturday,March 11,2017-10:00 AM
Tom LeRoy & Bill Adams
Saturday,March 11,2017-10:00 AM

Bill and Tom each have thirty plus years of experience as TAMU Extension Horticulture agents in South Central Texas. They can help you with what to grow, when to grow it and the best varieties to plant. They’ve been trialing vegetables in test gardens with Master Gardeners and in their own home gardens for years so you can be sure they are speaking from experience. Got bugs/diseases/weeds? They can steer you to the best controls—organic and otherwise.

About the Instructors:

Tom is the Extension Agent Emeritus for Montgomery County and his new website is www.gardeningwithtomleroy.com, while Bill is a well known professional photographer and Extension Agent Emeritus for Harris County. Together, they have co-authored The Southern Kitchen Garden. Bill is also a contributor to the Arbor Gate’s blog.

Bee Forum
Angela Chandler, The Garden Academy
Sunday,March 12,2017-11:00 AM
Angela Chandler, The Garden Academy
Sunday,March 12,2017-11:00 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!

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

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