(281) 351-8851 15635 FM 2920, Tomball, Texas 77377
Sunday - Wednesday 9-5 Thursday - Saturday 9-6

Classes

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*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

Tomato Contest
Judges: Bill Adams, Jeremy Kollaus, Chef Chris Crowder
Saturday,June 3,2017-10:00 AM
Judges: Bill Adams, Jeremy Kollaus, Chef Chris Crowder
Saturday,June 3,2017-10:00 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.

Hypertufa – $15 CLASS FEE
Henry Flowers
Saturday,June 17,2017-10:00 AM
Henry Flowers
Saturday,June 17,2017-10:00 AM

Hypertufa is an ancient material used for making a variety of containers for the farm or garden. It is still useful today if you would like to make your own garden containers and it can be used to make other garden ornaments as well. In this workshop, you will learn how to make a hypertufa mix and will create a hypertufa container and an ornamental mushroom. Once you know the basics, you can start creating at home with the only limitation being your imagination.

The method for making “draped” hypertufa containers will also be discussed and demonstrated.

All materials for the projects will be supplied. Please wear work clothes as hypertufa can stain some materials. You will also need to bring a pair of sturdy rubber gloves (dishwashing types are good, disposable types are not) to protect your hands.

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.

Hypertufa – $15 CLASS FEE
Henry Flowers
Saturday,June 17,2017-01:00 PM
Henry Flowers
Saturday,June 17,2017-01:00 PM

Hypertufa is an ancient material used for making a variety of containers for the farm or garden. It is still useful today if you would like to make your own garden containers and it can be used to make other garden ornaments as well. In this workshop, you will learn how to make a hypertufa mix and will create a hypertufa container and an ornamental mushroom. Once you know the basics, you can start creating at home with the only limitation being your imagination.

The method for making “draped” hypertufa containers will also be discussed and demonstrated.

All materials for the projects will be supplied. Please wear work clothes as hypertufa can stain some materials. You will also need to bring a pair of sturdy rubber gloves (dishwashing types are good, disposable types are not) to protect your hands.

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.

Report Your “Specialty Plant” Workshop – Supervised by Linda Gay
Linda Gay
Saturday,June 24,2017-10:00 AM
Linda Gay
Saturday,June 24,2017-10:00 AM

Orchids, Bromeliads, Staghorn Fern, Christmas Cactus or Heirloom Plant; Supplies fee only

Linda received her Associates Degree in Horticulture from Trident Technical College in Charleston, SC. She moved to Houston the summer of 1979 and worked in the commercial green industry until 1985. October 1985 Linda stared at Mercer Arboretum and Botanic Gardens and retired in May 2011. She was the director for 11 years. Linda is first and foremost a gardener, constantly manipulating soils and putting new plants in the garden, always learning and growing. She has killed plants every which way you can and this experience has made me a plant expert. After 6 months of retirement Linda was very fortuitous and landed in the coolest gardener’s paradise, The Arbor Gate in Tomball, Texas.

Build Your Own Succulent Garden or Rehab Your Current One – Supervised by Linda Gay
Linda Gay
Saturday,July 1,2017-10:00 AM
Linda Gay
Saturday,July 1,2017-10:00 AM

Bring your own container or purchase one, learn how to successfully plant and grow succulents in our humid, wet climate. Supplies Fee only.

Linda received her Associates Degree in Horticulture from Trident Technical College in Charleston, SC. She moved to Houston the summer of 1979 and worked in the commercial green industry until 1985. October 1985 Linda stared at Mercer Arboretum and Botanic Gardens and retired in May 2011. She was the director for 11 years. Linda is first and foremost a gardener, constantly manipulating soils and putting new plants in the garden, always learning and growing. She has killed plants every which way you can and this experience has made me a plant expert. After 6 months of retirement Linda was very fortuitous and landed in the coolest gardener’s paradise, The Arbor Gate in Tomball, Texas.

Create Your Own Jungalow Using Beautiful Tropical Plants That Cleans Your Indoor Space
Linda Gay
Saturday,July 8,2017-10:00 AM
Linda Gay
Saturday,July 8,2017-10:00 AM

Plant selections for low light and bright light, watering techniques, pest control, and care is discussed, If you have an unhappy indoor plant bring in for urgent care.

Linda received her Associates Degree in Horticulture from Trident Technical College in Charleston, SC. She moved to Houston the summer of 1979 and worked in the commercial green industry until 1985. October 1985 Linda stared at Mercer Arboretum and Botanic Gardens and retired in May 2011. She was the director for 11 years. Linda is first and foremost a gardener, constantly manipulating soils and putting new plants in the garden, always learning and growing. She has killed plants every which way you can and this experience has made me a plant expert. After 6 months of retirement Linda was very fortuitous and landed in the coolest gardener’s paradise, The Arbor Gate in Tomball, Texas.

Patio, Porch, and Pool Container Gardening
Linda Gay
Saturday,July 15,2017-10:00 AM
Linda Gay
Saturday,July 15,2017-10:00 AM

Partying with plants in your favorite, summer outdoor spaces.

Linda received her Associates Degree in Horticulture from Trident Technical College in Charleston, SC. She moved to Houston the summer of 1979 and worked in the commercial green industry until 1985. October 1985 Linda stared at Mercer Arboretum and Botanic Gardens and retired in May 2011. She was the director for 11 years. Linda is first and foremost a gardener, constantly manipulating soils and putting new plants in the garden, always learning and growing. She has killed plants every which way you can and this experience has made me a plant expert. After 6 months of retirement Linda was very fortuitous and landed in the coolest gardener’s paradise, The Arbor Gate in Tomball, Texas.

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