(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

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.

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.

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.