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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

Fall Vegetable Garden
Tom LeRoy & Bill Adams Author, The Southern Kitchen Garden
Saturday,September 22,2018-10:00 AM
Tom LeRoy & Bill Adams Author, The Southern Kitchen Garden
Saturday,September 22,2018-10:00 AM

Enjoy, learn, repeat.

The authors of The Southern Kitchen Garden share tips for success.

MGCEU: Harris, Waller Counties

Tom LeRoy is the Extension Agent Emeritus for Montgomery County and his new website is www.gardeningwithtomleroy.com, while Bill Adams 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.

Lunch with the Experts: Water for Wildlife
Angela Chandler The Garden Academy
Wednesday,September 26,2018-12:00 PM
Angela Chandler The Garden Academy
Wednesday,September 26,2018-12:00 PM

Brown bag your way to a greener thumb! This class is part of our Lunch with the Experts series. You bring your lunch and we provide the beverage! Classes run from Noon to 1 PM.

Birds, butterflies, bees, and all kinds of four-legged garden creatures need water – every day, all year long. You can provide water for wildlife in various ways. The return is immeasurable! It is hours of fun watching all the action. Bees and butterflies are valuable pollinators. Birds are great pest control, and many have lovely songs to sing. Providing dependable water is more than just putting out a birdbath. We will cover various ways to provide fresh, clean water for everything from a tiny bee to larger wildlife, even deer for those of you with acreage. No pesky mosquitoes either!

MGCEU: Waller County

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.

Perennial Companions to Heirloom Bulbs
Heidi Sheesley TreeSearch Farms
Saturday,September 29,2018-10:00 AM
Heidi Sheesley TreeSearch Farms
Saturday,September 29,2018-10:00 AM

Create extraordinary gardens using treasured plants and bulbs.

MGCEU: Harris, Waller Counties

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

Heirloom Bulbs
Chris Wiesinger The Southern Bulb Company
Saturday,October 6,2018-10:00 AM
Chris Wiesinger The Southern Bulb Company
Saturday,October 6,2018-10:00 AM

Yes, bulbs can and do thrive in the South. Plant these proven treasures for years of enjoyment. Heirloom bulbs were among Grandma’s favorite!!!

MGCEU: Harris, Waller Counties

Chris Wiesinger 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.

Lunch with the Experts: Wintery Brews
Cynthia Graham, RN, BSN
Wednesday,October 10,2018-12:00 PM
Cynthia Graham, RN, BSN
Wednesday,October 10,2018-12:00 PM

Brown bag your way to a greener thumb! This class is part of our Lunch with the Experts series. You bring your lunch and we provide the beverage! Classes run from Noon to 1 PM.

Do you get a cold every year? Sinus infections? Does flu hit you hard or even throw you right into pneumonia? Fyre Cider and other wintery brews are a natural way to fight the viruses and boost your immunity. I won’t lie it has earned its name. But you won’t be disappointed as the winter rolls in, the weather changes, you can prepare early to avoid these discomforts or use them as remedies if you miss the early signs. Taste testing will be provided.

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.

Edibles for Any Space
Jeremy Kollaus Swiss Alp Growers
Thursday,October 11,2018-10:00 AM
Jeremy Kollaus Swiss Alp Growers
Thursday,October 11,2018-10:00 AM

In the ground or in a pot, there is room to grow edibles. Jeremy shares his favorites.

MGCEU: Harris, Waller Counties

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!

Gunter’s Heirloom Vegetables
Pam and Leah Gunter
Saturday,October 13,2018-09:00 AM
Pam and Leah Gunter
Saturday,October 13,2018-09:00 AM

9:00am until Noon

Pam and Leah offer an incomparable variety of quality heirloom vegetables for the home gardener. Warning, you will want to grow them all!!!!

MGCEU: Harris, Waller Counties

Leah and Pam Gunter are experts in the growing of these traditional varieties and graciously pass along their knowledge.

Spring’s Ahead – Plant Now and Enjoy Then
Henry Flowers Glasco & Co. Landscaping, Inc.
Saturday,October 13,2018-10:00 AM
Henry Flowers Glasco & Co. Landscaping, Inc.
Saturday,October 13,2018-10:00 AM

Do you love flowers such as larkspur, poppies, sweet peas, bluebonnets, or love-in-a-mist?  Or perhaps herbs such as cilantro, dill, chervil and parsley?  These are all cool season plants that need to be sown or planted in the fall in order to have them for enjoyment in the spring or for use over the winter.  Learn when and how to plant so that you won’t regret not doing so next spring.  Fall is also a great time to plant many perennials in order to have better success and that subject will be addressed as well (and if time permits I’ll address cool season annual color too).  Get ahead of the gardening curve and don’t procrastinate- spring’s not that far away!

MGCEU: Harris, Waller Counties

Henry Flowers is a native Texan and a graduate of Texas A&M University. He holds both Bachelor and Master of Agriculture degrees in Horticulture. He is currently a horticulturist with Glasco & Co. Landscaping in Brenham, TX, where he enjoys doing a wide variety of tasks. At home he and his wife Melissa grow a wide variety of herbs that they enjoy for their beauty and usefulness in the kitchen. He is a lifetime member of The Herb Society of America and was the 2009 recipient of The HSA’s Joanna McQuail Reed Award for the Artistic Use of Herbs.

Attracting Bluebirds to the Garden
Linda Crum Texas Bluebird Society
Thursday,October 18,2018-10:00 AM
Linda Crum Texas Bluebird Society
Thursday,October 18,2018-10:00 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: Waller County

Linda Crum 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.

Kicking it up a notch – Crop Rotation, Succession Planting, and Intercropping
Angela Chandler The Garden Academy
Saturday,October 20,2018-10:00 AM
Angela Chandler The Garden Academy
Saturday,October 20,2018-10:00 AM

Get more out of your edible garden with less work using these timing and spacing strategies. You will have fewer weeds and more produce. You can grow veggies all winter long, and actually improve your soil in the process. These techniques work for both containers and in-ground gardening. We will also demonstrate “lettuce boxes” that can keep fresh salad greens and stir-fry veggies on your table daily with very little work on your part.

MGCEU: Harris, Waller Counties

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.

Bee Forum
Angela Chandler, The Garden Academy Matt & Kelly Brantley, BZ Honey
Sunday,October 21,2018-11:00 AM
Angela Chandler, The Garden Academy Matt & Kelly Brantley, BZ Honey
Sunday,October 21,2018-11:00 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: Waller County

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

Lunch with the Experts: Hampered by Holiday Stress
Cynthia Graham, RN, BSN
Wednesday,October 24,2018-12:00 PM
Cynthia Graham, RN, BSN
Wednesday,October 24,2018-12:00 PM

Brown bag your way to a greener thumb! This class is part of our Lunch with the Experts series. You bring your lunch and we provide the beverage! Classes run from Noon to 1 PM.

No, really, we aren’t just going to talk about holiday stress (Buzz words-Adrenal Fatigue/Exhaustion).  I will introduce you to plants like Turmeric, Ginger, Ashwagandha, and many others known for their adaptogenic qualities.  Adaptogenic-It’s just a big herbalist term meaning a body system booster.  Adaptogens assists various organs in the body to calm down and deal with stress in a more balanced way.  Many of you will be surprised by all the things in life that cause your body stress.  It’s not just the boss or your spouse and kids, though they can definitely add to the pile.  Join us for an out of the box discussion and a bit of fun.

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.

A New Year of Herbs – Starting Now!
Ann Wheeler Log House Herbs
Saturday,October 27,2018-10:00 AM
Ann Wheeler Log House Herbs
Saturday,October 27,2018-10:00 AM

Learn why October is called the first month of the New Year of Herbs, and get a jump on successful herb-growing throughout the calendar.  We’ll consider up-and-coming additions to your old favorites for kitchen and garden.

MGCEU: Harris, Waller Counties

Ann Wheeler of Log House Herb Farm is consultant of fine culinary and ornamental herbs to The Arbor Gate.

Christmas Open House
Saturday,December 1,2018-02:00 PM
Saturday,December 1,2018-02:00 PM

2:00pm until 6:00pm

Food, fun, and merriment!

Music by: Curtis Poullard and the Creole Zydeco Band
Food by: Every-Bellies