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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

Fruit Culture Day
Angela Chandler, Professor Seth Knight, and Bill Adams
Saturday,January 27,2018-10:00 AM
Angela Chandler, Professor Seth Knight, and Bill Adams
Saturday,January 27,2018-10:00 AM

Enjoy a day of tips and tricks to treat your fruit!

This is a great opportunity to learn about growing your own fruit, managing pests and diseases, and taking care of your home orchard.

The Arbor Gate will have a large selection of fruit available. You’ll leave with the knowledge and supplies for success – you really will find your green thumb at The Arbor Gate!

10:00am
High Density Home Orchard Management
Angela Chandler, The Garden Academy

11:30am
Pest and Disease Management
Professor Seth Knight

1:00pm
Growing Fruit In Containers
Angela Chandler, The Garden Academy

2:30pm
Pruning and Training Fruiting Trees and Vines
Bill Adams

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.

Bill Adams is a well known professional photographer and Extension Agent Emeritus for Harris County. Bill writes regularly for our blog.

Seth Knight, Professor of Horticulture, ret., was a horticulturist with the state of Texas for six years and a Professor of Horticulture with Houston Community College for 30 years. Seth taught courses in many different areas of horticulture, entomology and working with insects and plant health problems. He was Department Chairman of the Agriculture/Science program with Houston Community College and worked with local school district’s Horticulture Programs.

Prepare Your Muscles for an Injury Free Spring
Teresa Thornton, A-1 Amazing Massage
Thursday,February 22,2018-10:00 AM
Teresa Thornton, A-1 Amazing Massage
Thursday,February 22,2018-10:00 AM

While you prepare and repair the soil, don’t neglect your body. Discover techniques for muscle preparation and injury prevention from the expert.

Teresa Thornton is a 13-year licensed massage therapist. She loves the human body and natural healing. A-1 Amazing Day Spa, in Tomball, has been voted Spa of the Year for several years in a row. Most recently, it was recognized in Living Magazine as Readers Choice winner “Best Place for a Massage.”

Rose Pruning and Planting
Gaye Hammond
Saturday,February 24,2018-10:00 AM
Gaye Hammond
Saturday,February 24,2018-10:00 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.

Spring Vegetable Gardening
Tom LeRoy & Bill Adams
Saturday,March 3,2018-10:00 AM
Tom LeRoy & Bill Adams
Saturday,March 3,2018-10:00 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.

East Meets West in the Practice of Qi Gong
Cynthia Graham, RN, BSN
Tuesday,March 6,2018-10:00 AM
Week 1
Cynthia Graham, RN, BSN
Tuesday,March 6,2018-10:00 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.

Cocktails in the Garden
Ann Wheeler & Chef Chris Crowder
Thursday,March 8,2018-10:00 AM
Ann Wheeler & Chef Chris Crowder
Thursday,March 8,2018-10:00 AM

Herbs for the garden, libations for the gardener.

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.

Gunter’s Heirloom Vegetables
Pam and Leah Gunter
Saturday,March 10,2018-09:00 AM
Pam and Leah Gunter
Saturday,March 10,2018-09:00 AM

Pam and Leah will be here to visit with customers on heirloom varieties and tips for a successful fall garden.

About the Instructors:

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

Look Back, Looking Ahead
Ann Wheeler, Log House Herbs
Saturday,March 10,2018-10:00 AM
Ann Wheeler, Log House Herbs
Saturday,March 10,2018-10:00 AM

March is a great time to think about herbs for several reasons:  First, how do my herbs look now, in early Spring?  Second, what will they need during  the long hot Summer ? Finally, how shall I choose  new herbs?

Bring your questions and join us for this wide-ranging, informative, and entertaining class!

About the Instructor:

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

East Meets West in the Practice of Qi Gong
Cynthia Graham, RN, BSN
Tuesday,March 13,2018-10:00 AM
Week 2
Cynthia Graham, RN, BSN
Tuesday,March 13,2018-10:00 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.

Lunch with the Experts: Fruit Drizzles
Cynthia Graham, RN, BSN
Wednesday,March 14,2018-12:00 PM
Cynthia Graham, RN, BSN
Wednesday,March 14,2018-12:00 PM

Enjoy just a nip with your fruit for its medicinal value.  Snack, dessert, to calm, uplift, socialize, no worries.  No one but you need know what is on or in your fruit drizzle.  Add pretty garnishments that also benefit your body for detoxification, mood and nourishment.

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,March 15,2018-10:00 AM
Linda Crum Texas Bluebird Society
Thursday,March 15,2018-10:00 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.

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.

Shut Up and Plant Something!
Greg Grant Smith County Horticulturist
Saturday,March 17,2018-10:00 AM
Greg Grant Smith County Horticulturist
Saturday,March 17,2018-10:00 AM

Greg Grant will talk about his favorite plants from the Arbor Gate. Need, want, who cares? Just plant something. Gardening heals all.

About the Instructor:

Greg Grant is a horticulturist, conservationist, and writer from Tyler, Texas. Each month he writes an article for the Arbor Gate Blog where he is given free range to write about any topic that interests him. During the week he is the Smith County horticulturist in Tyler for the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and on the weekends he tends his grandparent’s restored dogtrot farmhouse, his Rebel Eloy Emanis Pine Savanna and Bird Sanctuary, and terriers Acer, Lizzie, Mollie, and Sonny.

East Meets West in the Practice of Qi Gong
Cynthia Graham, RN, BSN
Tuesday,March 20,2018-12:00 PM
Week 3
Cynthia Graham, RN, BSN
Tuesday,March 20,2018-12:00 PM

$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.

Best Trees for the Gulf South
Dr. David Creech Stephen F. Austin University
Thursday,March 22,2018-10:00 AM
Dr. David Creech Stephen F. Austin University
Thursday,March 22,2018-10:00 AM

With all climate models predicting a hotter and drier Gulf South with more weather extremes (longer drought spells, heavier rain events and more violent thunderstorms), perhaps it’s a great idea to rethink our woody ornamental palette . What are the most promising trees for a 21st century Texas? Dr. Creech has been evaluating trees for most of his career and he will recount those that surprise and delight under the demands of a changing world.

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.”

The Southern Heirloom Landscape
Dr. Bill Welch, TAMU; Chris Wiesinger, The Southern Bulb Co.
Saturday,March 24,2018-10:00 AM
Dr. Bill Welch, TAMU; Chris Wiesinger, The Southern Bulb Co.
Saturday,March 24,2018-10:00 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.

Bee Forum
Angela Chandler, The Garden Academy; Matt & Kelly Brantley, BZ Honey
Sunday,March 25,2018-11:00 AM
Angela Chandler, The Garden Academy; Matt & Kelly Brantley, BZ Honey
Sunday,March 25,2018-11:00 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: Fort Bend, Montgomery, Waller

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

East Meets West in the Practice of Qi Gong
Cynthia Graham, RN, BSN
Tuesday,March 27,2018-10:00 AM
Week 4
Cynthia Graham, RN, BSN
Tuesday,March 27,2018-10:00 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.

Lunch with the Experts: Want to Grow Veggies? Where, What, and When to Plant!
Jeremy Kollaus Swiss Alp Growers
Wednesday,March 28,2018-12:00 PM
Jeremy Kollaus Swiss Alp Growers
Wednesday,March 28,2018-12:00 PM

From seed to table, Jeremy will share his knowledge and experience on producing a bountiful harvest.

About the Instructor:

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!

East Meets West in the Practice of Qi Gong
Cynthia Graham, RN, BSN
Tuesday,April 3,2018-10:00 AM
Week 5
Cynthia Graham, RN, BSN
Tuesday,April 3,2018-10:00 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.

What’s New and Unique in the Plant World
Rand Hopkins
Thursday,April 5,2018-10:00 AM
Rand Hopkins
Thursday,April 5,2018-10:00 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.

Plant Power! Gardens that survive and thrive in Gulf Coast Extremes
Angela Chandler The Garden Academy
Saturday,April 7,2018-10:00 AM
Angela Chandler The Garden Academy
Saturday,April 7,2018-10:00 AM

The last couple of years have been tough on our gardens. They have endured freezes, droughts, and floods. It’s taken a toll on our soils, our plants, our patience, and our pocketbooks! This class will cover the techniques & the plants that can thrive in a Gulf Coast garden no matter what nature dishes out. There will be something for every part of your garden – sun, shade, wet, dry. You can create a garden that will survive summer’s heat with less watering, sail through winter without the need to cover everything, need pruning only once a year, and have fewer pest & disease issues overall. Spend more time enjoying your garden, and less time stressing about it!

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.

East Meets West in the Practice of Qi Gong
Cynthia Graham, RN, BSN
Tuesday,April 10,2018-10:00 AM
Week 6
Cynthia Graham, RN, BSN
Tuesday,April 10,2018-10:00 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.

Lunch with the Experts: Better with Booze
Cynthia Graham, RN, BSN
Wednesday,April 11,2018-12:00 PM
Cynthia Graham, RN, BSN
Wednesday,April 11,2018-12:00 PM

Spirits, intoxicants, hooch, liqueur, alcohol, beer, wine, cocktails and “the drink”. There are so many names. Its uses are just as varied but if you believe it is only around to give you an altered emotional and mental state, you are missing its higher power. For most of recorded human history the liquid from fermented fruits, vegetables, grains and honey have served as a starting point for traditional healing remedies. I have seen clients use beer for kidney stones or decrease edema. Wine is a go to for relaxing nerves or grief. Amaro is an Italian digestive., settles the stomach. Peppermint Schnapps clears the sinuses. What does a Pina Colada or Margarita provide? Grow your own coconuts, pineapples, lemons, limes, and much more. Combine alcohol, herbs, and creativity to see what personal remedy is your favorite. Yes, there will be a little tasting.

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.

Container Gardening That Makes a Statement
Gaye Hammond Houston Rose Society
Saturday,April 14,2018-10:00 AM
Gaye Hammond Houston Rose Society
Saturday,April 14,2018-10:00 AM

With the size of landscapes shrinking, more and more focus is being directed to container plantings that make a dramatic statement in the landscape, along a walkway or at a gate. There are a few tricks to creating a beautiful container of plants that are low maintenance, self-sustaining and has lots of WOW factor and we will cover these in the class.   We will also share instruction on installing a low volume irrigation system to keep the container plants watered and healthy.

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.

East Meets West in the Practice of Qi Gong
Cynthia Graham, RN, BSN
Tuesday,April 17,2018-10:00 AM
Week 7
Cynthia Graham, RN, BSN
Tuesday,April 17,2018-10:00 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.

Insectary Gardens
Angela Chandler The Garden Academy
Thursday,April 19,2018-10:00 AM
Angela Chandler The Garden Academy
Thursday,April 19,2018-10:00 AM

Organic gardeners depend on beneficial insects as one of our front line defenses against pest species. But how do we invite them to choose our gardens as their home and hunting ground? Beneficials are attracted to a specific ecosystem that provides food and habitat and supports their reproduction. Botanical gardens build deep and wide insectary beds, but the average home landscape does not have that much room. Learn to create pocket insectaries that include all of the plants and amenities required to attract beneficials and keep them in your garden. Pocket insectaries can be located in various places in your landscape so beneficials will be in proximity to pests. With a little creativity, you can even create a pocket insectary in a container and move it anywhere you see a pest problem arising. Insectaries are fascinating gardens – in bloom much of the time, and alive with some of nature’s most interesting creatures!

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.

Underutilized Herbs
Henry Flowers Festival Hill Gardens
Saturday,April 21,2018-10:00 AM
Henry Flowers Festival Hill Gardens
Saturday,April 21,2018-10:00 AM

Basil, Basil, Basil….  Some herbs get all the attention! Yet, there are some lesser-known herbs that we can grow and that merit more attention and use.  Get adventurous and go beyond the parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme with these herbal treasures.

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.

Lunch with the Experts: Summer Color in the Landscape
Skip Richter Harris County Horticulturist
Wednesday,April 25,2018-12:00 PM
Skip Richter Harris County Horticulturist
Wednesday,April 25,2018-12:00 PM

Landscape color options are plentiful in the spring but in summer our landscapes often become a “sea of green”. Skip will discuss some of the best plant options for maintaining a beautiful, colorful landscape in the hot summer months.

About the Instructor:

Skip received his master’s degree in Horticulture from Texas A&M University. He has been with the Texas AgriLife Extension Service for 24 years in Montgomery, Travis and Harris County where he currently serves as a County Extension Agent in Horticulture.

Monarch Butterflies and Other Pollenators
Nancy Greig, Cockrell Butterfly Center
Saturday,April 28,2018-10:00 AM
Nancy Greig, Cockrell Butterfly Center
Saturday,April 28,2018-10:00 AM

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.

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.

Ginger and Its Edible Cousins
Henry Flowers Festival Hill Gardens
Thursday,May 3,2018-10:00 AM
Henry Flowers Festival Hill Gardens
Thursday,May 3,2018-10:00 AM

Ginger is a fabulous herb of much use and history and, best of all, we can grow it here.  Learn how to grow and use this wonderful plant and some of its wonderful cousins such as turmeric and galangal.

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.

Art in the Garden
Felder Rushing, Author
Saturday,May 12,2018-10:00 AM
Felder Rushing, Author
Saturday,May 12,2018-10:00 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!

Grafting 101
Bill Adams, Author
Saturday,June 2,2018-10:00 AM
Bill Adams, Author
Saturday,June 2,2018-10:00 AM

Bill shares his knowledge and experience of grafting with the home gardener.

About the Instructor:

Bill Adams is a well known professional photographer and Extension Agent Emeritus for Harris County and co-author of The Southern Kitchen Garden. Bill is also a contributor to the Arbor Gate’s blog.

Tomato Contest
Judges: Bill Adams, Jeremy Kollaus, Chef Chris Crowder
Saturday,June 9,2018-10:00 AM
Judges: Bill Adams, Jeremy Kollaus, Chef Chris Crowder
Saturday,June 9,2018-10:00 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.