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."



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
Fruit Culture DaySaturday, January 30, 10am - 4pm

Sorry we missed you!

Fruit Culture Day

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
with Angela Chandler, The Garden Academy

11:30AM - Pest and Disease Management
with Professor Seth Knight

1:00PM - Growing Fruit in Containers
with Angela Chandler, The Garden Academy

2:30PM - Pruning and Training Fruiting Trees and Vines
with Bill Adams

Fuel Bombs Fresh Fruit Smoothie Truck will be open 9am-4pm!

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 is a well known professional photographer and Extension Agent Emeritus for Harris County. Bill writes regularly for our blog, and you can read his articles here.



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.

MGCEU: Brazos, Galveston, Harris, & Montgomery County


Rose PruningSaturday, February 27, 10am

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Gaye Hammond, Houston Rose Society

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.

MGCEU: Brazos, Galveston, Harris, Montgomery, & Waller County


Seed Starting 101Sunday, February 28, 11am

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Angela Chandler, The Garden Academy

Did you know that The Arbor Gate carries vegetable, flower, and herb seeds? No matter how many wonderful plants we carry, there are seeds available for dozens more varieties. Seed starting is a fun and economical way to increase the varieties of plants you grow in your garden. It's also a great way to manage succession plantings in your edible landscape. Some vegetable plants do best when direct-seeded in the garden. You don't need any special equipment or a greenhouse to start seeds, but we will show you some DIY ways to create special conditions like lighting and humidity. This class will help you become a seed starting whiz in no time. You will soon be growing your own transplants, and direct seeding in the garden with increased success. One lucky participant will go home with a self-watering seed starter!

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.

MGCEU: Brazos, Galveston, Harris, Montgomery, & Waller County


Spring Vegetable GardeningSaturday, March 5, 10am

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Tom LeRoy and Bill Adams, authors of The Southern Kitchen Garden

The experts are back!!! Prepare to be entertained as well as educated! Tom and Bill have many years of gardening experience as county extension agents. Advanced and beginning vegetable gardeners alike will benefit from this class.

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. Read his articles here.

MGCEU: Brazos, Galveston, Harris, Limestone, Montgomery, & Waller County


Gunters Heirloom VegetablesSaturday, March 12, 9am - 1pm

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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!!

About the Instructors:

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

MGCEU: Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Limestone, & Montgomery County


Gardening in the Hell StripSaturday, March 12, 10am

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Gaye Hammond, Houston Rose Society

Let's face it, every landscape has a 'Hell Strip.' It's that spot where things don't want to grow like they should. A lot of times this is that strip of ground between the sidewalk and the curb in residential subdivisions where not even grass will grow. Sometimes it's that spot by the garage that seems to always be wet or that flower bed where literally everything dies. So how do you turn these unproductive spots around so that they become productive areas of the landscape? Gaye Hammond, Past President of the Houston Rose Society will share tips and tricks for Gardening in the Hell Strip and solving these landscape woes.

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.

MGCEU: Brazos, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Montgomery, & Waller County


Easy to Grow FernsSunday, March 13, 11am

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Linda Gay, Horticulturist

Ferns seem to confuse even the most astute gardener because fern varieties look so similar and have such different requirements. Did you know Maidenhair ferns like to grow in wet limestone or why Boston ferns drop leaves inside the house? Learn which ferns adapt best indoors and selecting ferns for the sunny or shade garden.

About the Instructor:

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.

MGCEU: Brazos, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Montgomery, & Waller County


Qi Gong: Stress Reduction Qi Gong Co-Ed - Week 1Tuesday, March 15, 10am-11am

Sorry we missed you!

Cynthia Graham, RN, BSN

Tuesdays, 10-11am
March 15, 22, 29; April 5, 12, 19

6 weeks of Stress Reduction Qi Gong Co-Ed
Walk-ins will be $15/class, $75 when bought as full 6 week unit.

During one hour we will follow the Five Pillars of Qi Gong -- Breathing, Meditation, Fluid Movement, Acupressure Massage, and Herbal Remedies -- for reducing stress and altering the mind-body connection to stress. Out of the box fun.

(Printed notes available for $5.00, optional).

Please wear comfortable clothes and bring a Yoga mat. No perfumes.

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.


Dr. Creechs New Intros and Top 10Thursday, March 17, 10am

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Dr. Dave Creech, SFA Gardens

Come see what Dr. Creech how found on the road from China to Nacogdoches.

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."

MGCEU: Brazos, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Limestone, & Montgomery County


Go Green! Earthy Herby Spring Appetizers!Thursday, March 17, 12:30pm

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Linda Franzo, Passionate Platter Herb Gardens

Go Green! "Earthy" Herby Spring Appetizers! Let's get our herb gardens ready! Linda Franzo, owner of Passionate Platter, (Slidell, La.) will get you inspired to plant your herb gardens or containers. Let's talk about how to grow, harvest, and preserve our herbs, while tasting Spring Appetizers Mediterranean Hummus, Tzatziki, Pesto Caprese Kabobs, Goat Cheese Mousse w/ Herbs de Provence focaccia bread. Put Herbal Pizazz in your gardens and on the plate!

About the Instructor:

Linda Franzo is the owner and cooking/garden instructor of Passionate Platter, located in Slidell, La. Linda is married to her husband, Rick, and has 3 sons - 2 married and one attending LSU. Linda and Rick have 4 grandchildren. Linda is a retired Speech Communication Specialist from St. Tammany Parish. She has attended several cooking schools around the country including CIA, St Helena, NECI, Vermont, & Cooking School of the Rockies, with emphasis on bread making and brick oven baking. At Passionate Platter, Linda provides garden tours of culinary themed herb and vegetable gardens & cooking classes for kids and adults. Herbs and vegetables are harvested from the gardens and served "Garden to Table" style. Linda is a member of the Herb Society of America, New Orleans and Baton Rouge units. She is also a n Advanced Master Gardener for St. Tammany Parish. Her specialty, developing community herb gardens and edible school yard gardens. Linda wants everyone to put Herbal Pizzaz in their food and their gardens.


The Texas Tough LandscapeSaturday, March 19, 10am

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Greg Grant, Steven F. Austin University

Learn more about year round beauty with Texas Tough plants.

About the Instructor:

Greg Grant is a horticulturist for SFA Gardens in Nacogdoches. He writes the "Greg's Ramblings" section of The Arbor Gate blog. Read his articles here.

MGCEU: Brazos, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Limestone, Montgomery, & Waller County


Bee ForumSunday, March 20, 11am

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Angela Chandler, The Garden Academy
Matt and Kelly Brantley, BZ Honey

Come see what all the buzz is about. If you're starting hives, 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!

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.

MGCEU: Brazos, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Limestone, Montgomery, & Waller County


Qi Gong: Stress Reduction Qi Gong Co-Ed - Week 2Tuesday, March 22, 10am-11am

Sorry we missed you!

Cynthia Graham, RN, BSN

Tuesdays, 10-11am
March 15, 22, 29; April 5, 12, 19

6 weeks of Stress Reduction Qi Gong Co-Ed
Walk-ins will be $15/class, $75 when bought as full 6 week unit.

During one hour we will follow the Five Pillars of Qi Gong -- Breathing, Meditation, Fluid Movement, Acupressure Massage, and Herbal Remedies -- for reducing stress and altering the mind-body connection to stress. Out of the box fun.

(Printed notes available for $5.00, optional).

Please wear comfortable clothes and bring a Yoga mat. No perfumes.

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.


Successful Tomato GrowingThursday, March 24, 10am

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Dave and Trish Whitinger

Join Dave and Trish in an interesting and informative class where they share from their abundance of experience and knowledge in growing tomatoes. Choosing varieties for Texas, how to prepare a garden bed for tomatoes, fertilizing, caging, harvesting, and much more. Trish will also share some of her tomato processing methods. Bring your questions and prepare to go home excited for your 2016 tomato garden.

About the Instructors:

Dave is the founder of the DavesGarden.com and AllThingsPlants.com websites and the current president of the Cherokee County Master Gardeners Association. He and Trish live on a 90 acre farm in Jacksonville, TX with their 5 children.

MGCEU: Brazos, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Limestone, Montgomery, & Waller County


Loam, Sweet LoamSaturday, March 26, 10am

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Angela Chandler, The Garden Academy

Soil is the key to healthy, beautiful, and productive gardens, but Southeast Texas is known for difficult soils. Common soil improvement methods can be expensive and labor intensive. This class will teach you ways to passively improve your soil using inexpensive materials and amendments and no heavy labor. The best gardeners are soil builders first and foremost, and this class teaches a combination of continuous soil building programs that can be used in gardens of all sizes. Take your gardening to the next level with the best soil on the block! We will also cover the Soil Food Web and how to manage soil to prevent nutritional deficiencies.

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.

MGCEU: Brazos, Galveston, Harris, Limestone, Montgomery, & Waller County


Qi Gong: Stress Reduction Qi Gong Co-Ed - Week 3Tuesday, March 29, 10am-11am

Sorry we missed you!

Cynthia Graham, RN, BSN

Tuesdays, 10-11am
March 15, 22, 29; April 5, 12, 19

6 weeks of Stress Reduction Qi Gong Co-Ed
Walk-ins will be $15/class, $75 when bought as full 6 week unit.

During one hour we will follow the Five Pillars of Qi Gong -- Breathing, Meditation, Fluid Movement, Acupressure Massage, and Herbal Remedies -- for reducing stress and altering the mind-body connection to stress. Out of the box fun.

(Printed notes available for $5.00, optional).

Please wear comfortable clothes and bring a Yoga mat. No perfumes.

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 Your GardenThursday, March 31, 10am

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Linda Crum

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.

MGCEU: Brazos, Galveston, & Montgomery County


Attracting Birds and Butterflies to Your BackyardSaturday, April 2, 10am

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Gary and Kathy Clark

It's easy to attract birds and butterflies to your backyard. All it takes is the right combination of food, water, and shelter. Join Houston columnist Gary Clark to learn what brings birds into a backyard habitat. Learn about planting for wildlife from photographer Kathy Adams Clark.

About the Instructors:

Gary is the weekly nature columnist for the Houston Chronicle. He also publishes feature articles in state and national magazines and has written the text for many books including Texas Wildlife Portfolio, Texas Gulf Coast Impressions, Backroads of the Texas Hill Country, and Enjoying Big Bend National Park. Gary is also a contributing author for Pride of Place: A Contemporary Anthology of Texas Nature Writing. He has won eight writing awards and is the recipient of the 2004 Excellence in Media Award and the 2010 Synergy Media Award for Environmental Reporting.

Gary has been active in the birding community for over 30 years. He founded the Piney Woods Wildlife Society in 1982 and founded the Texas Coast Rare Bird Alert in1983. He served as President of the Houston Audubon Society from 1989 to 1991 and purchased the North American Rare Bird Alert for Houston Audubon in 1990. He was vice-president of the Board of Directors for the Gulf Coast Bird Observatory from 2001 -2008. He currently sits on the Board of Advisors for the Houston Audubon Society and Gulf Coast Bird Observatory.

Gary is also Professor of Business at Lone Star College-North Harris. During his career at the college, Gary has served as Vice President of Instruction, Dean of Business, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Associate Dean of Natural Sciences, Professor of Marketing, Professor of Developmental Writing, Faculty Senate President, and he is a recipient of the Teacher Excellence Award.

Kathy Adams Clark has been a professional nature photographer since 1995. She runs a stock agency that represents the work of fifteen outstanding nature photographers. Kathy's work has been published in many places including Nature's Best, New York Times, Birder's World, Texas Highways, Texas Parks & Wildlife, and Family Fun. Her photos have also appeared in a numerous books and calendars including Sierra Calendar, the Barnes & Noble Ireland Countryside Calendar, and the cover of the Arbor Foundation Rainforest Calendar. Her photos appear every week in the "Nature" column in the Houston Chronicle written by her husband, Gary Clark. Kathy and Gary have seven books on the market that combine their photography and writing skills.

Kathy is Past-president of the North American Nature Photography Association. She teaches photography at local and national events. She leads photo workshops to Costa Rica, Ecuador, Italy, Morocco. Tanzania, Greece and Peru through Strabo Tours.

MGCEU: Brazos, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Limestone, & Montgomery County


Herb of the Year: The PepperTuesday, April 5, 10am

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Henry Flowers, Festival Hill Gardens

It's about time that the chile pepper is being honored as herb of the year! This venerable plant of humble origins in South America took the world by storm when it was introduced to Europe from the New World about 500 years ago. Today it is an integral part of many of the world's cuisines and there are many hundreds of varieties to choose from. With just a short amount of time to cover this large topic, we'll try to hit all the high points and get you growing some "new to you" pepper varieties so that your summer will be either a pleasantly flavorful or truly hot time!

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.

MGCEU: Brazos, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Montgomery, & Waller County


Qi Gong: Stress Reduction Qi Gong Co-Ed - Week 4Tuesday, April 5, 10am-11am

Sorry we missed you!

Cynthia Graham, RN, BSN

Tuesdays, 10-11am
March 15, 22, 29; April 5, 12, 19

6 weeks of Stress Reduction Qi Gong Co-Ed
Walk-ins will be $15/class, $75 when bought as full 6 week unit.

During one hour we will follow the Five Pillars of Qi Gong -- Breathing, Meditation, Fluid Movement, Acupressure Massage, and Herbal Remedies -- for reducing stress and altering the mind-body connection to stress. Out of the box fun.

(Printed notes available for $5.00, optional).

Please wear comfortable clothes and bring a Yoga mat. No perfumes.

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.


Plants to Refresh and Charm the SensesThursday, April 7, 10am

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Cynthia Graham, RN, BSN

Ferns and Ivies are known by many to help clean your home's air and remove toxins. However, removing toxins is just one benefit. Let's explore the way we can add to cleaning by imbuing our homes with plants that share refreshing, warm, calming or other wonderful scents. Smell is one of the most important senses that can reach the brain and alter mind, body and mood. (Citrus, Peace Lilies, Bamboo Palm, Gerbera Daisies, Pot Mum, Gold Pothos, Azaleas, Philodendrons, Spider Plants, Corn Plant)

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.

MGCEU: Galveston & Waller County


The Southern GardenSaturday, April 9, 10am

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Dr. William Welch, Texas A&M
Chris Wiesinger, Southern Bulb Co.

Sharing their love of gardening, Dr. Welch and Chris will give you insights on design and plant selection for our southern landscapes.

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.

MGCEU: Brazos, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Limestone, Montgomery, & Waller County


Plant a Living Picture: Vertical Succulent GardenSunday, April 10, 11am

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Steven Chamblee, Chandor Gardens

Vertical gardens are one of the trendiest ways to adorn your walls, but did you know that you can make them yourself? In this hands-on class, Steven will help you design and construct a vertical, wall-hanging garden frame and fill it with beautiful succulent plants. One lucky volunteer will go home with a one-of-a-kind work of living art that is sure to wow your friends!

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.

MGCEU: Brazos, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Limestone, & Montgomery County


Qi Gong: Stress Reduction Qi Gong Co-Ed - Week 5Tuesday, April 12, 10am-11am

Sorry we missed you!

Cynthia Graham, RN, BSN

Tuesdays, 10-11am
March 15, 22, 29; April 5, 12, 19

6 weeks of Stress Reduction Qi Gong Co-Ed
Walk-ins will be $15/class, $75 when bought as full 6 week unit.

During one hour we will follow the Five Pillars of Qi Gong -- Breathing, Meditation, Fluid Movement, Acupressure Massage, and Herbal Remedies -- for reducing stress and altering the mind-body connection to stress. Out of the box fun.

(Printed notes available for $5.00, optional).

Please wear comfortable clothes and bring a Yoga mat. No perfumes.

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.


Why Do My Houseplants Die?Thursday, April 14, 10am

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Linda Gay, Horticulturist

Do you LOVE your houseplants to DEATH? Learn the easiest and best plant choices to accent your indoor spaces. We will discuss plant/soil preferences, container selection (plastic vs. clay) and watering techniques to keep your plants beautiful and healthy. Develop a successful maintenance recipe for your lifestyle and living.

About the Instructor:

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.

MGCEU: Brazos, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Montgomery, & Waller County


The Creative Herbal PantrySaturday, April 16, 10am

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Henry Flowers, Festival Hill Gardens

So you've learned about what herbs will grow successfully in our neck of the woods and how to grow them, but now what do you do with them? This program will address the basic ways in which herbs can be incorporated into a wide variety of foods. There's hardly a dish that can't be amended with herbs and learning how to incorporate them into your daily cooking routines is a great way to spark a new interest in food and give life a little more zest. Herbs are definitely for both use and delight!

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.

MGCEU: Fort Bend, Galveston, Montgomery, & Waller County


Randy Lemmon Book SigningSunday, April 17, 11am-1pm

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Randy Lemmon, host of Gardenline

Randy Lemmon is doing a signing of his new book, "Texas Tough Gardening," on April 17. Stop in and get your copy!

About the Author:

Randy Lemmon is the host of the GardenLine radio program on Newsradio 740 KTRH. Randy has been doing GardenLine in one capacity or another since December of 1995, for all three of the now Clear Channel AM stations - KTRH, KPRC & KBME. Randy came to GardenLine from Texas A&M University, where he served as the Communications Specialist for Radio & TV in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.


Garden 101: Small Space Solutions Dream Gardens on Balconies, Patios, and DecksSaturday, April 23, 10am

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Dee Nash

So many garden desires, so little space. What to do? Ask award-winning blogger and author, Dee Nash, for her advice on selecting the right plants, creating beautiful combinations for year-round interest, and bringing out the best in the smallest of spaces. Whether you have a small plot of land, or a high-rise balcony, you can have a space enlivened by the beauty of plants.

About the Instructor:

Dee Nash is an award-winning, professional writer, speaker and garden coach, born and raised in Oklahoma. She lives with her husband, children, two dogs, Tap and Maddie, one cat, Sophie, and twenty+ chickens on 7.5 acres between the Great American Prairie and the beginning of the deciduous forest. She gardens on approximately an acre and grows vegetables, fruit, roses, daylilies, native plants and other favorite perennials, trees and shrubs.

Dee is a frequent contributor of writing and photography to Oklahoma Gardener magazine. She's also written for Organic Gardening, Fine Gardening, flower magazine, the Oklahoman, the Oklahoma Horticultural Society's Horticulture Horizons, and the Daylily Journal. Dee has also written online for Proven Winners Plants and Lowe's Corporation. She currently writes for Fiskars Corporation on their company website and HGTVGardens.

Her first book, The 20/30-Something Garden Guide, a no-fuss, down and dirty Gardening 101 for anyone who want to grow stuff was published in February 2014.

Dee has a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism-Professional Writing from the University of Oklahoma with an emphasis in Botany, and she's a member of the Garden Writers Association, the Oklahoma Horticultural Society and Great Garden Speakers.

MGCEU: Galveston, Harris, & Montgomery County


Ten Tips to Get Started on the Gardening Path to HappinessSunday, April 24, 11am

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Dee Nash

No matter your age or experience, gardening has a learning curve and can be confusing. Join award-winning blogger and author Dee Nash as she shares her ten best tips to get you started on the gardening path to happiness. Learn about planning a vegetable or ornamental garden, or one that combines both; secrets to combining plants for the best results; vertical gardening, companion planting, and more!

About the Instructor:

Dee Nash is an award-winning, professional writer, speaker and garden coach, born and raised in Oklahoma. She lives with her husband, children, two dogs, Tap and Maddie, one cat, Sophie, and twenty+ chickens on 7.5 acres between the Great American Prairie and the beginning of the deciduous forest. She gardens on approximately an acre and grows vegetables, fruit, roses, daylilies, native plants and other favorite perennials, trees and shrubs.

Dee is a frequent contributor of writing and photography to Oklahoma Gardener magazine. She's also written for Organic Gardening, Fine Gardening, flower magazine, the Oklahoman, the Oklahoma Horticultural Society's Horticulture Horizons, and the Daylily Journal. Dee has also written online for Proven Winners Plants and Lowe's Corporation. She currently writes for Fiskars Corporation on their company website and HGTVGardens.

Her first book, The 20/30-Something Garden Guide, a no-fuss, down and dirty Gardening 101 for anyone who want to grow stuff was published in February 2014.

Dee has a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism-Professional Writing from the University of Oklahoma with an emphasis in Botany, and she's a member of the Garden Writers Association, the Oklahoma Horticultural Society and Great Garden Speakers.

MGCEU: Galveston, Montgomery, & Waller County


Qi Gong: Stress Reduction Qi Gong Co-Ed - Week 6Tuesday, April 26, 11am-12pm

Sorry we missed you!

WEEK 6 HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED TO APRIL 26, 11AM-NOON

Cynthia Graham, RN, BSN

Tuesdays, 10-11am
March 15, 22, 29; April 5, 12, 26

6 weeks of Stress Reduction Qi Gong Co-Ed
Walk-ins will be $15/class, $75 when bought as full 6 week unit.

During one hour we will follow the Five Pillars of Qi Gong -- Breathing, Meditation, Fluid Movement, Acupressure Massage, and Herbal Remedies -- for reducing stress and altering the mind-body connection to stress. Out of the box fun.

(Printed notes available for $5.00, optional).

Please wear comfortable clothes and bring a Yoga mat. No perfumes.

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.


Qi Gong: Radiant Lotus Womens Qi Gong - Week 1Tuesday, April 26, 10am-11am

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Cynthia Graham, RN, BSN

Tuesdays, 10-11am
April 26; May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

6 weeks of Radiant Lotus Women's Qi Gong.
Walk-ins will be $15/class, $75 when bought as full 6 week unit.

This practice is meant to serve young women from puberty through the continuing changes of the mature women. The focus is on learning the fluctuating patterns of life and the best techniques to balance spirit, emotion, mind and body. Many modalities will be discussed and practiced, including: Self-massage, fluid movements, acupressure, herbal remedies, essential oils, healing sounds, meditations, guided imagery, and progressive relaxation. If you or any of the women you love deal with PMS, hormonal headaches, cramping, cysts, fibroids, tumors, menopausal issues, fluctuating blood pressures, hot flashes, insomnia and countless other discomforts, this class may supply insights for useful change.

(Printed notes available for $5.00, optional).

FOR WOMEN ONLY. Please wear comfortable clothes and bring a Yoga mat. No perfumes.

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.


Basil: Birds, Bees, and Biodiversity - Class AThursday, April 28, 10am

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Ann Wheeler, Log House Herbs

Long-acknowledged as the most popular and best-selling herb in the US, basil has many stories to tell us. Whether you choose old favorites or new hybrids, sweet or spicy, green or purple, smooth or ruffled, basil epitomizes the richness and variety of herbs. Come hear some basil stories, tell your own, and get some new ideas about this best-loved summer herb!

About the Instructor:

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

MGCEU: Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Montgomery, & Waller County


Basil: Birds, Bees, and Biodiversity - Class BSaturday, April 30, 10am

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Ann Wheeler, Log House Herbs

Long-acknowledged as the most popular and best-selling herb in the US, basil has many stories to tell us. Whether you choose old favorites or new hybrids, sweet or spicy, green or purple, smooth or ruffled, basil epitomizes the richness and variety of herbs. Come hear some basil stories, tell your own, and get some new ideas about this best-loved summer herb!

About the Instructor:

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

MGCEU: Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Montgomery, & Waller County


Qi Gong: Radiant Lotus Womens Qi Gong - Week 2Tuesday, May 3, 10am-11am

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Cynthia Graham, RN, BSN

Tuesdays, 10-11am
April 26; May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

6 weeks of Radiant Lotus Women's Qi Gong.
Walk-ins will be $15/class, $75 when bought as full 6 week unit.

This practice is meant to serve young women from puberty through the continuing changes of the mature women. The focus is on learning the fluctuating patterns of life and the best techniques to balance spirit, emotion, mind and body. Many modalities will be discussed and practiced, including: Self-massage, fluid movements, acupressure, herbal remedies, essential oils, healing sounds, meditations, guided imagery, and progressive relaxation. If you or any of the women you love deal with PMS, hormonal headaches, cramping, cysts, fibroids, tumors, menopausal issues, fluctuating blood pressures, hot flashes, insomnia and countless other discomforts, this class may supply insights for useful change.

(Printed notes available for $5.00, optional).

FOR WOMEN ONLY. Please wear comfortable clothes and bring a Yoga mat. No perfumes.

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.


Plant a Pocket InsectaryThursday, May 5, 10am

Sorry we missed you!

RESCHEDULED DUE TO WEATHER
This Class was originally scheduled for April 21st.

Angela Chandler, The Garden Academy

Organic gardeners talk a lot about beneficial insects. They are one of our front line defenses against pest species. But how do we get them to choose our gardens as their home and hunting ground? These insects are attracted to a specific ecosystem that provides food and habitat and supports 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.

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.

Angela will also answer the question, "What do I do now with all the water?"

MGCEU: Brazos, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Limestone, & Montgomery County


Art In The GardenSaturday, May 7, 10am-3pm

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Seminar at 10:00am: "In Felder's Garden"
with Felder Rushing, Horticulturist & Author

Special Guests Include:
Houston Llew
Felder Rushing
Lorenzo
Randy Lemmon, Host of Gardenline
Tyson Weiss
And More!!!

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!

Tyson Weiss, Designer, Artist & Entrepreneur

The "flow" is what Tyson Weiss calls the fluid wind?water aesthetic created by the curves of his fish sculptures as they "swim" through a garden or across a wall. With no formal training in the arts, he honed his gift for sculpture with 10 years of intricate sketching - morphing his designs around all types of three?dimensional objects. Given his family's legacy as entrepreneurs (5th?generation Mainers) he founded his own company right out of high school and spent a number of successful years as a landscape design and construction professional. His natural talent for "going with the flow" ultimately resulted in his idea to create fish sculptures, which was conceived when the landscaping industry screeched to a halt during the economic downturn of the early 2000s. In 2008 his sculptures were accepted and generated excitement at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens Art Show. His company, Fish In The Garden, is frequently featured in national and regional publications, and is part of a permanent installation at Maine Medical Center.

MGCEU: Fort Bend, Galveston, & Montgomery County


Qi Gong: Radiant Lotus Womens Qi Gong - Week 3Tuesday, May 10, 10am-11am

Sorry we missed you!

Cynthia Graham, RN, BSN

Tuesdays, 10-11am
April 26; May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

6 weeks of Radiant Lotus Women's Qi Gong.
Walk-ins will be $15/class, $75 when bought as full 6 week unit.

This practice is meant to serve young women from puberty through the continuing changes of the mature women. The focus is on learning the fluctuating patterns of life and the best techniques to balance spirit, emotion, mind and body. Many modalities will be discussed and practiced, including: Self-massage, fluid movements, acupressure, herbal remedies, essential oils, healing sounds, meditations, guided imagery, and progressive relaxation. If you or any of the women you love deal with PMS, hormonal headaches, cramping, cysts, fibroids, tumors, menopausal issues, fluctuating blood pressures, hot flashes, insomnia and countless other discomforts, this class may supply insights for useful change.

(Printed notes available for $5.00, optional).

FOR WOMEN ONLY. Please wear comfortable clothes and bring a Yoga mat. No perfumes.

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.


Herbs and Wines: A New Take on Flavor PairingsSaturday, May 14, 10am

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Ann Wheeler, Log House Herbs
Chef Chris Crowder

Just as tradition indicates that deeply-flavored red wines complement hearty red meat and light whites enhance mild seafood, traditional recipes redolent of herbal fragrances and flavors call for wine pairings that can truly turn up the pleasure of a great meal. Chef Chris Crowder and herb aficionado Ann Wheeler have pulled a new rabbit out of a hat for this unusual and fun class, complete with wine suggestions that love even the idea of les lapin!.

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.

MGCEU: Galveston & Montgomery County


Qi Gong: Radiant Lotus Womens Qi Gong - Week 4Tuesday, May 17, 10am-11am

Sorry we missed you!

Cynthia Graham, RN, BSN

Tuesdays, 10-11am
April 26; May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

6 weeks of Radiant Lotus Women's Qi Gong.
Walk-ins will be $15/class, $75 when bought as full 6 week unit.

This practice is meant to serve young women from puberty through the continuing changes of the mature women. The focus is on learning the fluctuating patterns of life and the best techniques to balance spirit, emotion, mind and body. Many modalities will be discussed and practiced, including: Self-massage, fluid movements, acupressure, herbal remedies, essential oils, healing sounds, meditations, guided imagery, and progressive relaxation. If you or any of the women you love deal with PMS, hormonal headaches, cramping, cysts, fibroids, tumors, menopausal issues, fluctuating blood pressures, hot flashes, insomnia and countless other discomforts, this class may supply insights for useful change.

(Printed notes available for $5.00, optional).

FOR WOMEN ONLY. Please wear comfortable clothes and bring a Yoga mat. No perfumes.

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.


Qi Gong: Radiant Lotus Womens Qi Gong - Week 5Tuesday, May 24, 10am-11am

Sorry we missed you!

Cynthia Graham, RN, BSN

Tuesdays, 10-11am
April 26; May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

6 weeks of Radiant Lotus Women's Qi Gong.
Walk-ins will be $15/class, $75 when bought as full 6 week unit.

This practice is meant to serve young women from puberty through the continuing changes of the mature women. The focus is on learning the fluctuating patterns of life and the best techniques to balance spirit, emotion, mind and body. Many modalities will be discussed and practiced, including: Self-massage, fluid movements, acupressure, herbal remedies, essential oils, healing sounds, meditations, guided imagery, and progressive relaxation. If you or any of the women you love deal with PMS, hormonal headaches, cramping, cysts, fibroids, tumors, menopausal issues, fluctuating blood pressures, hot flashes, insomnia and countless other discomforts, this class may supply insights for useful change.

(Printed notes available for $5.00, optional).

FOR WOMEN ONLY. Please wear comfortable clothes and bring a Yoga mat. No perfumes.

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.


Qi Gong: Radiant Lotus Womens Qi Gong - Week 6Tuesday, May 31, 10am-11am

Cynthia Graham, RN, BSN

Tuesdays, 10-11am
April 26; May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

6 weeks of Radiant Lotus Women's Qi Gong.
Walk-ins will be $15/class, $75 when bought as full 6 week unit.

This practice is meant to serve young women from puberty through the continuing changes of the mature women. The focus is on learning the fluctuating patterns of life and the best techniques to balance spirit, emotion, mind and body. Many modalities will be discussed and practiced, including: Self-massage, fluid movements, acupressure, herbal remedies, essential oils, healing sounds, meditations, guided imagery, and progressive relaxation. If you or any of the women you love deal with PMS, hormonal headaches, cramping, cysts, fibroids, tumors, menopausal issues, fluctuating blood pressures, hot flashes, insomnia and countless other discomforts, this class may supply insights for useful change.

(Printed notes available for $5.00, optional).

FOR WOMEN ONLY. Please wear comfortable clothes and bring a Yoga mat. No perfumes.

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.


Tomato ContestSaturday, June 11, 10am

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.

MGCEU: Galveston, Harris, & Montgomery County


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