Classes

Be Informed!

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.

As Buckminster Fuller said, "You can never learn less, you can only learn more."



Slow Gardening

For our Fall 2014 class series, we're continuing to focus on Slow Gardening.

Slow Gardening means taking our time, enjoying the journey, savoring every moment. Slow gardeners don't work less - just different. It's gardening we do ourselves, one step after another.

Join us at The Arbor Gate for our Fall class series built around the Slow Gardening movement and learn to enjoy the journey and the destination!

"But to be perfectly blunt, there isn't a whole lot that you have to do to be a pretty successful gardener. For the vast majority of gardeners down through history, there have been only three basic rules needed to grow most plants: dig wide holes, set plants in green side up, and, if they need it, water them a few times during the first few months. The rest is what I call horticultural finesse." -pg 116

Please use the chart below to read about our classes. Click on the name of the class to expand it and read a full description. Use the form on the right-hand side of this page to sign up for classes. If you prefer to print out our class list with descriptions, please use the printer friendly version.



Lunch with the Experts

Don't forget to check out our "Lunch with the Experts" series too! Take your lunch break at The Arbor Gate on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month from Noon until 1PM. Bring your sack lunch and we'll provide the drinks! Read more here.



MGCEU: Classes marked with an "MGCEU" are eligible for Master Gardener Continuing Education. The counties that responded to our request are noted. All classes have possible eligibility for MGCEU, please check with your local agent for approval.

All classes are free unless otherwise noted. To guarantee your reservation in a class with a fee, payment must be paid in person or by phone.

Class NameDate/Time
Fall Vegetable GardeningSaturday, September 6, 10:00am

Sorry we missed you!

Bill Adams
Tom LeRoy

Let these co-authors of The Southern Kitchen Garden guide you through the garden with their experience and expertise.

MGCEU: Brazos, Harris, Montgomery, & Waller County

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.


The Art of Rooting CuttingsSaturday, September 13, 10:00am

Sorry we missed you!

Gaye Hammond, Houston Rose Society

Rooting new plants from cuttings has been the traditional method of passing along plants for hundreds of years. Gaye Hammond, Past President of the Houston Rose Society, will present a hands-on clinic showing participants how they can successfully root cuttings in, among other things, a ziplock bag! The Houston Rose Society will provide the supplies and rose cuttings for the class. This class is free, but registration is required.

MGCEU: Brazos, Harris, Montgomery, & Waller County

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.


Premier SharpeningSaturday, September 13, 2pm-5pm

Sorry we missed you!

Premier Sharpening will bring their mobile sharpening setup to The Arbor Gate! Bring in your pruners, kitchen knives, pizza cutters, shears, hand pruners, shovels, axes, machetes, and other tools. Sharpening runs about $1 per inch of blade for knives, and between $5 and $10 for tools. Additional pricing information is available at premiersharpening.com.


Attracting Bluebirds To Your GardenThursday, September 18, 10:00am

Linda Crum

Learn the habitat, nesting habits and how to protect bluebirds with this popular presentation by Linda Crum. You may join the Texas Bluebird Society, and with a new membership receive a free nestbox.

MGCEU: Harris, Montgomery, & Waller County

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.


Bulbs and BuddiesSaturday, September 20, 10am - 3pm

Heidi Sheesley, Treesearch Farms
Chris Wiesinger, Southern Bulb Co.

This is an extraordinary event not to be missed. The festival will showcase bulbs, perennials and shrubs that will offer years of beauty in your garden. Chris and Heidi will share their extensive knowledge and love for these treasured gems, as well as show you how to use them in your landscape for vigorous carefree color.

MGCEU: Brazos, Harris, Montgomery, & Waller County

About the Instructors:

Heidi Sheesley, owner of Treesearch Farms a premier provider of perennials, natives, unique and unusual plants for the Gulf Coast region.

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, and is the co-author of The Bulb Hunter.


Bee ForumSunday, September 21, 1:00pm

Angela Chandler, The Garden Academy
Dean Cook

An informal meeting to discuss all things BEE!

The Bee Forum is a casual meeting of beekeepers, bee gardeners, new-bees, and wanna-bees. Everyone is welcome regardless of experience. The forum is hosted by The Arbor Gate and is facilitated by Dean Cook and Angela Chandler. Dean is a professional beekeeper and bee wrangler. Angela is a hobby beekeeper and bee gardener. All questions are welcomed and the forum encourages members to share their challenges, experiences and ideas.

MGCEU: Harris, Montgomery, & Waller County

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.

Dean Cook is a beekeeper and a gardener when he's not helping his wife Nell in her metal rain tank shop. Dean is presently caring for 20 top bar beehives. He uses no chemicals and doesn't feed his bees sugar water. Dean teaches classes at his bee yard during the cooler parts of the year.


Bountiful BerriesThursday, September 25, 10am

Cynthia Graham, RN, BSN

Berries are rich in water, fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Determine the best choices to enhance your particular health situation; failing eyes, cancer prevention, blood sugar balance, immune boost, energy enhancement, weight loss and more.

MGCEU: Brazos & Waller County

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.


Texas Tough CitrusSaturday, September 27, 10am

George Shackelford, Brazos Citrus

Let George guide you in selecting citrus for the Gulf Coast. George will also discuss identification and treatment of common citrus issues.

MGCEU: Brazos, Harris, Montgomery, & Waller County

About the Instructor:

George Shackelford is the manager of Brazos Citrus Nursery and Bamboo Source Nursery. He was born into the wholesale nursery business that his father started in 1978. It is located about 1hr southeast of Houston, on family land that dates back to 1861. George started out at the bottom pulling weeds and watering plants, and moved up the ranks throughout the years. About 12 years ago he started a new adventure and switched directions from woody ornamentals and trees, to citrus and fruit trees along with NON-invasive clumping bamboo. George has a passion to grow new and intersting varieites, strive for top quality products, and consider customer service as a stronghold. He sought out and looked for the best cultivars, best rootstocks, preferred growing methods, etc. When the company first started they grew about 25 different varieties of citrus and about 15 varieties of fruit trees. They are now one of the largest container grown "citrus and fruit tree" growers in the state, and they strive to have our quality second to none. Brazos Citrus Nursery and Bamboo Source Nursery now grow about 45 different varieties of citrus an 50 different varieties of fruit trees. They are also pioneers in the avocado world and have introduced a few varieties of their own (Joey). They do not sell to chain stores or box stores, they cater to our great states independent mom and pop nurseries and garden centers. George considers it a great privilege to grown up in such an ever changing and challenging business, the quality of people, (for the most part) are some of the hardest working, passionate, nature loving, eccentric, beings on this earth. He has served as a boardmember of the South East Texas Nursery Growers Association. When all work has been done at nurseries (never done), he has a wonderful loving wife, Leah Shackelford and 3 wonderful children Camryn 7, George N. 3, and Jack Charles 1, that all enjoy a little daddy time too. Any other free time, George tries to spend outdoors camping, hunting, fishing and whatever else he can get into.


Brunch, Anyone?Saturday, October 4, 10am

Chef Chris Crowder
Jeremy Kollaus, Swiss Alp Growers

Use your fall harvest to create an easy and enticing menu.

Chef Chris and Jeremy will teach, entertain, and delight your taste buds.

About the Instructors:

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.

Jeremy Kollaus' low key approach to gardening appeals to the laid-back gardener in each of us. Not only an experienced vegetable gardener and grwoer, Jeremy is a great cook!


Establishing Woody OrnamentalsSaturday, October 11, 10am

Skip Richter, Harris Co. Extension Agent

Woody ornamentals are a long term investment. Learn how to prepare the site and plant woody ornamental trees, shrubs and vines to insure that they will not only survive, but thrive in your landscape.

MGCEU: Brazos, Harris, Montgomery, & Waller County

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.

He has helped develop a variety of environmental gardening programs including Extension's "Don't Bag It" yard waste recycling programs, the Composting for Kids educational web page, and the Grow Green environmental education program which educates Austin residents on landscaping practices that protect water quality.

His media experience includes gardening columns and articles for newspapers and magazines, an internet column for the National Gardening Assn., and a regular segment on the "Central Texas Gardener" television program. He also created a television segment called "Gardening with Skip." Many of these brief gardening segments can be seen on his "Gardening with Skip" YouTube channel.


Premier SharpeningSaturday, October 11, 2pm-5pm

Premier Sharpening will bring their mobile sharpening setup to The Arbor Gate! Bring in your pruners, kitchen knives, pizza cutters, shears, hand pruners, shovels, axes, machetes, and other tools. Sharpening runs about $1 per inch of blade for knives, and between $5 and $10 for tools. Additional pricing information is available at premiersharpening.com.


Proper Care for Healthy TreesTuesday, October 14, 10am

John Warner, Certified Forester

A personal guide to variety and site selection. Proper care and seasonal maintenance will also be discussed.

MGCEU: Brazos, Harris, Montgomery, & Waller County

About the Instructor:

John Warner received his bachelor's degree in forestry/business from Louisiana Tech University. He has been a Certified Forester for 25 years. He spent 15 years in rural/traditional forestry in deep east Texas and the last 10 years in urban and community forestry here in Conroe. He is also a Certified Arborist for the past 10 years and a Certified Texas Master Naturalist for the past 10 years.

John has been with the Texas A&M Forest Service 25 years and presently the Urban District Forester covering Montgomery, Waller, Harris and parts of Grimes counties.


Herbs for ShadeThursday, October 16, 10am

Ann Wheeler, Log House Herbs

Wondering what to do when your garden lacks "Full Sun"? First, let's define shade and its many degrees. Second, let's consider which classic herbs may appreciate some degree of shade, especially during our hottest months. And third, let's take a look at a list of annual and perennial herbs for planning ahead for more herbs in the garden, in pots, and throughout the year. Come along for a fresh look at herbs in sun AND shade!

MGCEU: Brazos, Harris, Montgomery, & Waller County

About the Instructor:

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


Celebrate Herb of the YearSaturday, October 18, 10am

Chef Chris Crowder
Ann Wheeler, Log House Herbs

An entertaining and informative workshop with Chef Chris and Ann will take off in all directions from 2014's Herb of the Year, Artemisia. The fun and informative Gardenin' and Grillin' twosome will offer growing information on several artemisia varieties, including tarragon (Artemisia dracunculus) and of course, its Texas cousin, Mexican Mint Marigold (Tagetes lucida). Of special interest in addition to growing information, recipes and cooking techniques will provide something for every course on the menu.

MGCEU: Harris & Montgomery County

About the Instructors:

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.

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


Gunter's Heirloom VegetablesSaturday, October 18, 10am - 1pm

Leah and Pam Gunter, Gunters Heirloom Vegetables

The Gunter's will be on hand to answer all of your questions about selecting and growing heirloom vegetables in your garden and landscape.

We must warn you - Pam and Leah's love for the vegetable garden is contagious. Along with their knowledge, their selection of heirloom vegetables is unsurpassed. Don't miss this opportunity to meet them both!!

MGCEU: Brazos, Montgomery, & Waller County

About the Instructors:

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


OrnamediblesSunday, October 19, 11am

Angela Chandler, The Garden Academy

Veggies, fruits, and herbs shouldn't be banished to the farthest corners of the backyard. Many offer beauty in form, color, and bloom worthy of taking a place in our ornamental landscape. Learn which edibles offer the most ornamental impact and how to work them into your existing garden spaces or display them in creatively planted containers. Ornamedibles will change your landscape, and your dinner table, for the better.

MGCEU: Brazos, Harris, Montgomery, & Waller County

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.


Randy LemmonSaturday, October 25, 10am-12pm

Randy Lemmon

Randy Lemmon, Host of KTRH GardenLine will be at Arbor Gate to answer all of your gardening questions.


Build Your Own Vertical GardenSaturday, November 1, 10am

Steven Chamblee, Chandor Gardens

Vertical gardens are now found around the globe, but can be costly. If you want to test the waters before taking the plunge, come join us as Steven Chamblee builds a beautiful vertical garden frame and stuffs it full of gorgeous succulents. One lucky volunteer will also get to build their own ready-to-hang work of art and take it home!

MGCEU: Brazos, Harris, & Montgomery County

About the Instructor:

Steven Chamblee is the Chief Horticulturist for Chandor Gardens in Weatherford. He serves as Consulting Editor and Author for Neil Sperry's GARDENS magazine, and writes a monthly e-newsletter column entitle Native Son, and is an Adjunct Instructor for Tarrant County College and Texas Christian University's Extended Education. He has studied public and private gardens in England, Denmark, Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico, Hawaii, and across the continental United United States. He is proud to be one of those rare horticulturists who concurrently talks the talk and walks the walk.


Harness the HoromonesThursday, November 6, 10am

Cynthia Graham, RN, BSN

Plants that help balance hormones. Men and women alike as they age face various hormonal challenges. There are plants with innate abilities to bolster, balance or bury hormones. Your sex and situation determine the direction to take. Sex hormone changes might benefit from Saw palmetto, Chaste Tree, Clary sage, or Pumpkin seeds. Adrenal exhaustion is assisted by Adaptogenic herbs; ginger, astragulus, ashwanghanda, gingseng, cayenne. Pancreas function sometimes needs help with Sugar Imbalance: cinnamon, Crepe Myrtle (Banaba leaf), just to name two.

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.


Christmas Open HouseSaturday, December 6, 4pm - 7pm

Our annual thank you to all of our friends.
Food , Fun and Music
Enjoy Curtis Poullard and his Creole Zydeco Band


MGCEU: Classes marked with an "MGCEU" are eligible for Master Gardener Continuing Education.

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Attracting Bluebirds To Your Garden
Bulbs and Buddies
Bee Forum
Bountiful Berries
Texas Tough Citrus
Brunch, Anyone?
Establishing Woody Ornamentals
Premier Sharpening
Proper Care for Healthy Trees
Herbs for Shade
Celebrate Herb of the Year
Gunter's Heirloom Vegetables
Ornamedibles
Randy Lemmon
Build Your Own Vertical Garden
Harness the Horomones
Christmas Open House

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