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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

Gifts from the Herb Garden
Henry Flowers Festival Hill Gardens
Thursday,September 7,2017-10:00 AM
Henry Flowers Festival Hill Gardens
Thursday,September 7,2017-10:00 AM

The holiday season may be many months away, but it is not too early to be thinking about making some gift items from the bounty of your herb garden. Perhaps some culinary gifts such as herbal vinegars or sugars, or maybe some dried herbal seasoning blends or teas. A fresh herbal bouquet or a fragrant herbal wreath are always a great gift for any occasion and something made with your own hands is always greatly appreciated. Let your herb garden be your inspiration as a creative means to share with friends and family.

MGCEU: Fort Bend, Montgomery

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.

East Meets West in the Practice of Qi Gong
Tuesday,September 12,2017-10:00 AM
Week 1
Tuesday,September 12,2017-10:00 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.

Better with Booze
Cynthia Graham, RN, BSN
Wednesday,September 13,2017-12:00 PM
Cynthia Graham, RN, BSN
Wednesday,September 13,2017-12:00 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.

MGCEU: Waller

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.

The Fall Vegetable Garden
Bill Adams and Tom LeRoy
Saturday,September 16,2017-10:00 AM
Bill Adams and Tom LeRoy
Saturday,September 16,2017-10:00 AM

Enjoy, learn, repeat.

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

MGCEU: Fort Bend, Harris, Montgomery, Walker, Waller

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
Tuesday,September 19,2017-10:00 AM
Week 2
Tuesday,September 19,2017-10:00 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.

Growing Herbs in Big Containers: What’s the Big Deal?
Ann Wheeler Log House Herbs
Thursday,September 21,2017-10:00 AM
Ann Wheeler Log House Herbs
Thursday,September 21,2017-10:00 AM

Herbs in containers — champions or challenges?

Well, both — but the benefits can prove highly successful. Get some great ideas about how to achieve the best balance for a lovely and versatile approach to herb-growing.

MGCEU: Fort Bend, Harris, Montgomery, Walker, Waller

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.

Growing Herbs in Big Containers: What’s the Big Deal?
Ann Wheeler Log House Herbs
Saturday,September 23,2017-10:00 AM
Ann Wheeler Log House Herbs
Saturday,September 23,2017-10:00 AM

Herbs in containers — champions or challenges?

Well, both — but the benefits can prove highly successful. Get some great ideas about how to achieve the best balance for a lovely and versatile approach to herb-growing.

MGCEU: Fort Bend, Harris, Montgomery, Walker, Waller

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.