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
Master Your Garden - Dealing with Clay Soils and Actually Getting Plants to ThriveThursday, January 19, 10am

Linda Gay, Horticulturist

Types of mulches AND WHY WE NEED soil amendments and proper planting practices (Bring a sample of your soil and sample of your mulch in separate zip lock baggies)

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.


Master Your Garden - Right Tree Right PlaceThursday, January 26, 10am

Linda Gay, Horticulturist

Don't overplant your space! Tree Selection to create shade or for an understory accent.

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.


Master Your Garden - Ornamental Shrubs (and Their Mature Height and Spread)Thursday, February 2, 10am

Linda Gay, Horticulturist

Combinations of Low growing, medium height and screening material.

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.


Fruit Culture DaySaturday, February 4, 10am - 4pm

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

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.


Master Your Garden - Container GardeningThursday, February 9, 10am

Linda Gay, Horticulturist

Thriller, filler, and spiller. what fun! Combinations for sun OR shade - HOT or COLD.

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

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Master Your Garden - Dealing with Clay Soils and Actually Getting Plants to Thrive
Master Your Garden - Right Tree Right Place
Master Your Garden - Ornamental Shrubs (and Their Mature Height and Spread)
Fruit Culture Day
Master Your Garden - Container Gardening

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