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
Keyhole GardensSaturday, September 10, 10am

Angela Chandler, The Garden Academy

Keyhole gardens are productive space savers, but they don't have to be made with 2' high walls of expensive mortared rock or brick. And they don't require complicated soil layering systems. Learn to build a Keyhole garden using easily obtained, re-purposed materials and Arbor Gate Soil Complete. We can have you growing 25 square feet of veggies in a weekend!

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: Harris, Montgomery, & Waller County


Qi Gong: Monkey Floor Play - Week 1Tuesday, September 13, 9am-10am

Cynthia Graham, RN, BSN

Tuesdays, 9-10am
September 13, 20, & 27; October 4, 11, & 18

1 hour per week for 6 weeks
Drop-In tuition is $15.00 per class.
Purchase all 6 weeks together for $75.00
Bring up to 2 children per adult for a discounted rate of $60.00 for all 6 weeks!

Great Mommy & Me classes!
Particular for neck & back discomforts and digestive issues.

Suited to all ages. Young children will enjoy rolling on the ground not knowing they are keeping their bodies aligned (must be accompanied by adult). Teenagers will learn to understand the workings of their nervous system. Great for flexibility and endurance when done slowly and carefully for the pregnant women, post pregnancy with child or senior. Older participants will bask in the glory of not dealing with low back pain and other difficulties of transitioning to the "Second Spring." After "Transition," life begins fresh without the foibles of youth. (Optional printed notes will be an extra fee to be set at a later time. Please wear comfortable clothes, 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: Self Massage and Popping Bubbles - Week 1Tuesday, September 13, 10:30am-11:30am

Cynthia Graham, RN, BSN

Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30am
September 13, 20, & 27; October 4, 11, & 18

1 hour per week for 6 weeks
Drop-In tuition is $15.00 per class.
Purchase all 6 weeks together for $75.00
Bring up to 2 children per adult for a discounted rate of $60.00 for all 6 weeks!

This is a wonderful way to learn self-massage or bring the family (baby or significant other) and learn to massage each other. Based on Acupressure and Reflexology but made simpler, we will progress through General Body Massage, Auricular (Ear) Massage, Hand Massage and Foot Massage. I taught my children at an early age by practicing on them. As they grew, they offered Mom massages. As they aged they quickly grasped this was a way to make some money. At 5 years old they wanted $.25, at 10yrs-$1.00 and clearly by 13 yrs-$5 or more depending on the financial mind of the youngster. This is well worth paying children to practice. Not only will you feel great but they will be learning a skill to keep them healthy and assist them when they feel ill. Invest in pleasure and health at one time. Essential Oils can be added for even more pleasure or health intensity.

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: Stress Relief with Monkey Mind aand Monkey Moves - Week 1Tuesday, September 13, 12pm-1pm

Cynthia Graham, RN, BSN

Tuesdays, Noon-1pm
September 13, 20, & 27; October 4, 11, & 18

1 hour per week for 6 weeks
Drop-In tuition is $15.00 per class.
Purchase all 6 weeks together for $75.00
Bring up to 2 children per adult for a discounted rate of $60.00 for all 6 weeks!

Perfect for flexible work lunches!

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. We will discuss Homeopathy, Aromatherapy and other techniques that remain on the edge in US culture. This is an out of the box class, be open minded. (Optional printed notes will be an extra fee to be set at a later time. Please wear comfortable clothes, 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.


Beyond Butterflies: Planting a pollinator garden!Thursday, September 15, 10am

Nancy Greig, Cockrell Butterfly Center

Not just butterflies, but bees, flies, beetles, moths, hummingbirds, and even some bats are important pollinators! An avid gardener (and conservationist) will plant flowers that maximize the different kinds of pollinators attracted to the garden. The color, size, scent, orientation, and blooming time of a flower can determine what pollinator is most likely to visit. In this class we will learn about these "pollination syndromes" to help you choose specific plants to bring in a variety of pollinators.

About the Instructor:

Nancy grew up in Alberta, Canada - a land of long, cold winters and short, relatively cool summers. This was not the ideal place for someone who loves insects and gardening! So she moved south as soon as she could - spending almost two years in Mexico, getting a PhD in tropical plant ecology at UT Austin, and then teaching field courses for a couple of years in Costa Rica. She has been director of the Cockrell Butterfly Center in Houston since 1994. In addition to her work at the museum she helps kids learn about vegetable gardening and keeps bees.

MGCEU: Harris, Montgomery, & Waller County


Gardening in Small SpacesSaturday, September 17, 10am

Skip Richter, Harris Co. Extension Agent

Want to grow vegetables and flowers but lack space? Don't let small lot sizes, shade, and other landscape restrictions keep you from enjoying the beauty and bounty of gardening. Join Skip Richter as he provides some tips and techniques for getting more out of your limited garden space.

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.

MGCEU: Harris, Montgomery, & Waller County


Bee ForumSunday, September 18, 11am

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: Montgomery & Waller County


Qi Gong: Monkey Floor Play - Week 2Tuesday, September 20, 9am-10am

Cynthia Graham, RN, BSN

Tuesdays, 9-10am
September 13, 20, & 27; October 4, 11, & 18

1 hour per week for 6 weeks
Drop-In tuition is $15.00 per class.
Purchase all 6 weeks together for $75.00
Bring up to 2 children per adult for a discounted rate of $60.00 for all 6 weeks!

Great Mommy & Me classes!
Particular for neck & back discomforts and digestive issues.

Suited to all ages. Young children will enjoy rolling on the ground not knowing they are keeping their bodies aligned (must be accompanied by adult). Teenagers will learn to understand the workings of their nervous system. Great for flexibility and endurance when done slowly and carefully for the pregnant women, post pregnancy with child or senior. Older participants will bask in the glory of not dealing with low back pain and other difficulties of transitioning to the "Second Spring." After "Transition," life begins fresh without the foibles of youth. (Optional printed notes will be an extra fee to be set at a later time. Please wear comfortable clothes, 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: Self Massage and Popping Bubbles - Week 2Tuesday, September 20, 10:30am-11:30am

Cynthia Graham, RN, BSN

Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30am
September 13, 20, & 27; October 4, 11, & 18

1 hour per week for 6 weeks
Drop-In tuition is $15.00 per class.
Purchase all 6 weeks together for $75.00
Bring up to 2 children per adult for a discounted rate of $60.00 for all 6 weeks!

This is a wonderful way to learn self-massage or bring the family (baby or significant other) and learn to massage each other. Based on Acupressure and Reflexology but made simpler, we will progress through General Body Massage, Auricular (Ear) Massage, Hand Massage and Foot Massage. I taught my children at an early age by practicing on them. As they grew, they offered Mom massages. As they aged they quickly grasped this was a way to make some money. At 5 years old they wanted $.25, at 10yrs-$1.00 and clearly by 13 yrs-$5 or more depending on the financial mind of the youngster. This is well worth paying children to practice. Not only will you feel great but they will be learning a skill to keep them healthy and assist them when they feel ill. Invest in pleasure and health at one time. Essential Oils can be added for even more pleasure or health intensity.

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: Stress Relief with Monkey Mind and Monkey Moves - Week 2Tuesday, September 20, 12pm-1pm

Cynthia Graham, RN, BSN

Tuesdays, Noon-1pm
September 13, 20, & 27; October 4, 11, & 18

1 hour per week for 6 weeks
Drop-In tuition is $15.00 per class.
Purchase all 6 weeks together for $75.00
Bring up to 2 children per adult for a discounted rate of $60.00 for all 6 weeks!

Perfect for flexible work lunches!

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. We will discuss Homeopathy, Aromatherapy and other techniques that remain on the edge in US culture. This is an out of the box class, be open minded. (Optional printed notes will be an extra fee to be set at a later time. Please wear comfortable clothes, 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.


Fall Gardening - The Best Garden of AllSaturday, September 24, 10am

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

Join Tom & Bill for a riveting discussion of fall vegetable gardening in the Houston area.

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: Harris, Montgomery, & Waller County


Qi Gong: Monkey Floor Play - Week 3Tuesday, September 27, 9am-10am

Cynthia Graham, RN, BSN

Tuesdays, 9-10am
September 13, 20, & 27; October 4, 11, & 18

1 hour per week for 6 weeks
Drop-In tuition is $15.00 per class.
Purchase all 6 weeks together for $75.00
Bring up to 2 children per adult for a discounted rate of $60.00 for all 6 weeks!

Great Mommy & Me classes!
Particular for neck & back discomforts and digestive issues.

Suited to all ages. Young children will enjoy rolling on the ground not knowing they are keeping their bodies aligned (must be accompanied by adult). Teenagers will learn to understand the workings of their nervous system. Great for flexibility and endurance when done slowly and carefully for the pregnant women, post pregnancy with child or senior. Older participants will bask in the glory of not dealing with low back pain and other difficulties of transitioning to the "Second Spring." After "Transition," life begins fresh without the foibles of youth. (Optional printed notes will be an extra fee to be set at a later time. Please wear comfortable clothes, 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: Self Massage and Popping Bubbles - Week 3Tuesday, September 27, 10:30am-11:30am

Cynthia Graham, RN, BSN

Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30am
September 13, 20, & 27; October 4, 11, & 18

1 hour per week for 6 weeks
Drop-In tuition is $15.00 per class.
Purchase all 6 weeks together for $75.00
Bring up to 2 children per adult for a discounted rate of $60.00 for all 6 weeks!

This is a wonderful way to learn self-massage or bring the family (baby or significant other) and learn to massage each other. Based on Acupressure and Reflexology but made simpler, we will progress through General Body Massage, Auricular (Ear) Massage, Hand Massage and Foot Massage. I taught my children at an early age by practicing on them. As they grew, they offered Mom massages. As they aged they quickly grasped this was a way to make some money. At 5 years old they wanted $.25, at 10yrs-$1.00 and clearly by 13 yrs-$5 or more depending on the financial mind of the youngster. This is well worth paying children to practice. Not only will you feel great but they will be learning a skill to keep them healthy and assist them when they feel ill. Invest in pleasure and health at one time. Essential Oils can be added for even more pleasure or health intensity.

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: Stress Relief with Monkey Mind and Monkey Moves - Week 3Tuesday, September 27, 12pm-1pm

Cynthia Graham, RN, BSN

Tuesdays, Noon-1pm
September 13, 20, & 27; October 4, 11, & 18

1 hour per week for 6 weeks
Drop-In tuition is $15.00 per class.
Purchase all 6 weeks together for $75.00
Bring up to 2 children per adult for a discounted rate of $60.00 for all 6 weeks!

Perfect for flexible work lunches!

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. We will discuss Homeopathy, Aromatherapy and other techniques that remain on the edge in US culture. This is an out of the box class, be open minded. (Optional printed notes will be an extra fee to be set at a later time. Please wear comfortable clothes, 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.


Conserving Water Without Sacrificing Curb AppealSaturday, October 1, 10am

Gaye Hammond, Houston Rose Society

Concerns about water supplies continue to rise in Texas and around the nation. Water rationing is becoming common in many counties and those restrictions impact our ability to maintain landscapes. Sometimes even small conservation measures can have a big impact on lowering water usage (and water bills) over time. This program includes tips and strategies for implementing a water conservation program and also highlight very impressive water conservation results from multi-year research studies conducted by scientists from Texas A&M Extension and Texas A&M University-Commerce.

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: Harris, Montgomery, & Waller County


Qi Gong: Monkey Floor Play - Week 4Tuesday, October 4, 9am-10am

Cynthia Graham, RN, BSN

Tuesdays, 9-10am
September 13, 20, & 27; October 4, 11, & 18

1 hour per week for 6 weeks
Drop-In tuition is $15.00 per class.
Purchase all 6 weeks together for $75.00
Bring up to 2 children per adult for a discounted rate of $60.00 for all 6 weeks!

Great Mommy & Me classes!
Particular for neck & back discomforts and digestive issues.

Suited to all ages. Young children will enjoy rolling on the ground not knowing they are keeping their bodies aligned (must be accompanied by adult). Teenagers will learn to understand the workings of their nervous system. Great for flexibility and endurance when done slowly and carefully for the pregnant women, post pregnancy with child or senior. Older participants will bask in the glory of not dealing with low back pain and other difficulties of transitioning to the "Second Spring." After "Transition," life begins fresh without the foibles of youth. (Optional printed notes will be an extra fee to be set at a later time. Please wear comfortable clothes, 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: Self Massage and Popping Bubbles - Week 4Tuesday, October 4, 10:30am-11:30am

Cynthia Graham, RN, BSN

Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30am
September 13, 20, & 27; October 4, 11, & 18

1 hour per week for 6 weeks
Drop-In tuition is $15.00 per class.
Purchase all 6 weeks together for $75.00
Bring up to 2 children per adult for a discounted rate of $60.00 for all 6 weeks!

This is a wonderful way to learn self-massage or bring the family (baby or significant other) and learn to massage each other. Based on Acupressure and Reflexology but made simpler, we will progress through General Body Massage, Auricular (Ear) Massage, Hand Massage and Foot Massage. I taught my children at an early age by practicing on them. As they grew, they offered Mom massages. As they aged they quickly grasped this was a way to make some money. At 5 years old they wanted $.25, at 10yrs-$1.00 and clearly by 13 yrs-$5 or more depending on the financial mind of the youngster. This is well worth paying children to practice. Not only will you feel great but they will be learning a skill to keep them healthy and assist them when they feel ill. Invest in pleasure and health at one time. Essential Oils can be added for even more pleasure or health intensity.

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: Stress Relief with Monkey Mind and Monkey Moves - Week 4Tuesday, October 4, 12pm-1pm

Cynthia Graham, RN, BSN

Tuesdays, Noon-1pm
September 13, 20, & 27; October 4, 11, & 18

1 hour per week for 6 weeks
Drop-In tuition is $15.00 per class.
Purchase all 6 weeks together for $75.00
Bring up to 2 children per adult for a discounted rate of $60.00 for all 6 weeks!

Perfect for flexible work lunches!

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. We will discuss Homeopathy, Aromatherapy and other techniques that remain on the edge in US culture. This is an out of the box class, be open minded. (Optional printed notes will be an extra fee to be set at a later time. Please wear comfortable clothes, 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.


Get Your Greens On - Asian Style!!!Thursday, October 6, 10am

Chef Chris Crowder
Jeremy Kollaus, Swiss Alp Growers

Healthy, easy to grow and attractive in the landscape. These luscious beauties can be grilled, juiced, steamed, stir-fried or eaten raw. Join these two masters of the grill and garden to learn their secrets.

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!

MGCEU: Montgomery County


Bulbs and BuddiesSaturday, October 8, 10am

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.

About the Instructors:

Heidi Sheesley, owner of TreeSearch Farms. TreeSearch Farms the Gulf Coast's premier provider of perennials, natives, unique, and unusual plants.

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.

MGCEU: Harris, Montgomery, & Waller County


Indoor Composting = Outdoor SuccessSunday, October 9, 11am

Angela Chandler, The Garden Academy

If you have wanted to start composting, but either don't have room for a large pile, or don't relish the idea of all that turning, this is the class for you. You can compost household & garden waste using one or both of these methods. Vermicomposting utilizes compost worms to do all the heavy lifting. You can vermicompost indoors or outdoors. We have a bin right in our kitchen with no odor or fuss. Vermicompost is a mineral rich product for your garden. It makes the best compost tea in the world. If you want to take your recycling a step farther, you can build a Bokashi. Bokashi is actually a pre-composting process whose end product is rich with beneficial bacteria. It can be used in the garden or the vermicomposting bin. All food scraps can be recycled, even those that cannot be used in a traditional compost pile such as meat and dairy. These methods keep your kitchen and garden waste out of the landfills and put the nutrients from them into your garden - it's easy and earth-friendly! You can even compost in an apartment, office, or classroom!

One lucky participant will go home with a starter worm bin, one will go home with a worm tea kit, and one will go home with a starter Bokashi.

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: Harris, Montgomery, & Waller County


Qi Gong: Monkey Floor Play - Week 5Tuesday, October 11, 9am-10am

Cynthia Graham, RN, BSN

Tuesdays, 9-10am
September 13, 20, & 27; October 4, 11, & 18

1 hour per week for 6 weeks
Drop-In tuition is $15.00 per class.
Purchase all 6 weeks together for $75.00
Bring up to 2 children per adult for a discounted rate of $60.00 for all 6 weeks!

Great Mommy & Me classes!
Particular for neck & back discomforts and digestive issues.

Suited to all ages. Young children will enjoy rolling on the ground not knowing they are keeping their bodies aligned (must be accompanied by adult). Teenagers will learn to understand the workings of their nervous system. Great for flexibility and endurance when done slowly and carefully for the pregnant women, post pregnancy with child or senior. Older participants will bask in the glory of not dealing with low back pain and other difficulties of transitioning to the "Second Spring." After "Transition," life begins fresh without the foibles of youth. (Optional printed notes will be an extra fee to be set at a later time. Please wear comfortable clothes, 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: Self Massage and Popping Bubbles - Week 5Tuesday, October 11, 10:30am-11:30am

Cynthia Graham, RN, BSN

Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30am
September 13, 20, & 27; October 4, 11, & 18

1 hour per week for 6 weeks
Drop-In tuition is $15.00 per class.
Purchase all 6 weeks together for $75.00
Bring up to 2 children per adult for a discounted rate of $60.00 for all 6 weeks!

This is a wonderful way to learn self-massage or bring the family (baby or significant other) and learn to massage each other. Based on Acupressure and Reflexology but made simpler, we will progress through General Body Massage, Auricular (Ear) Massage, Hand Massage and Foot Massage. I taught my children at an early age by practicing on them. As they grew, they offered Mom massages. As they aged they quickly grasped this was a way to make some money. At 5 years old they wanted $.25, at 10yrs-$1.00 and clearly by 13 yrs-$5 or more depending on the financial mind of the youngster. This is well worth paying children to practice. Not only will you feel great but they will be learning a skill to keep them healthy and assist them when they feel ill. Invest in pleasure and health at one time. Essential Oils can be added for even more pleasure or health intensity.

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: Stress Relief with Monkey Mind and Monkey Moves - Week 5Tuesday, October 11, 12pm-1pm

Cynthia Graham, RN, BSN

Tuesdays, Noon-1pm
September 13, 20, & 27; October 4, 11, & 18

1 hour per week for 6 weeks
Drop-In tuition is $15.00 per class.
Purchase all 6 weeks together for $75.00
Bring up to 2 children per adult for a discounted rate of $60.00 for all 6 weeks!

Perfect for flexible work lunches!

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. We will discuss Homeopathy, Aromatherapy and other techniques that remain on the edge in US culture. This is an out of the box class, be open minded. (Optional printed notes will be an extra fee to be set at a later time. Please wear comfortable clothes, 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, October 13, 10am

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. You may also join the Texas Bluebird Society, and with a new membership receive a free nestbox

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: Montgomery County


Edible FlowersSaturday, October 15, 10am

Henry Flowers, Festival Hill Gardens

Do you enjoy looking at pretty flowers in your garden and on your dining table? Well, how about putting them on your plate as well? Many flowers are edible and many are not. Learn which ones you can grow and use to garnish salads, sandwiches, hors d'oeuvres, beverages and desserts. For us the cool season is the best time for most edible flowers, so get ready to learn, to plant and then to beautify your culinary creations.

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: Montgomery & Waller County


Flowering Herbs and Festive TreatsSunday, October 16, 11am

Ann Wheeler, Log House Herbs
Chef Chris Crowder

Once again, the informative and entertaining duo of Chef Chris Crowder and Ann Wheeler of Log House Herbs will collaborate on two of their favorite subjects: great herbal recipes for upcoming holiday entertaining and growing the herbs you'll need to make them. Featured herbs, all great bloomers, will be chosen to add the benefits of attracting beneficial insects to your garden!

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: Montgomery & Waller County


Qi Gong: Monkey Floor Play - Week 6Tuesday, October 18, 9am-10am

Cynthia Graham, RN, BSN

Tuesdays, 9-10am
September 13, 20, & 27; October 4, 11, & 18

1 hour per week for 6 weeks
Drop-In tuition is $15.00 per class.
Purchase all 6 weeks together for $75.00
Bring up to 2 children per adult for a discounted rate of $60.00 for all 6 weeks!

Great Mommy & Me classes!
Particular for neck & back discomforts and digestive issues.

Suited to all ages. Young children will enjoy rolling on the ground not knowing they are keeping their bodies aligned (must be accompanied by adult). Teenagers will learn to understand the workings of their nervous system. Great for flexibility and endurance when done slowly and carefully for the pregnant women, post pregnancy with child or senior. Older participants will bask in the glory of not dealing with low back pain and other difficulties of transitioning to the "Second Spring." After "Transition," life begins fresh without the foibles of youth. (Optional printed notes will be an extra fee to be set at a later time. Please wear comfortable clothes, 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: Self Massage and Popping Bubbles - Week 6Tuesday, October 18, 10:30am-11:30am

Cynthia Graham, RN, BSN

Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30am
September 13, 20, & 27; October 4, 11, & 18

1 hour per week for 6 weeks
Drop-In tuition is $15.00 per class.
Purchase all 6 weeks together for $75.00
Bring up to 2 children per adult for a discounted rate of $60.00 for all 6 weeks!

This is a wonderful way to learn self-massage or bring the family (baby or significant other) and learn to massage each other. Based on Acupressure and Reflexology but made simpler, we will progress through General Body Massage, Auricular (Ear) Massage, Hand Massage and Foot Massage. I taught my children at an early age by practicing on them. As they grew, they offered Mom massages. As they aged they quickly grasped this was a way to make some money. At 5 years old they wanted $.25, at 10yrs-$1.00 and clearly by 13 yrs-$5 or more depending on the financial mind of the youngster. This is well worth paying children to practice. Not only will you feel great but they will be learning a skill to keep them healthy and assist them when they feel ill. Invest in pleasure and health at one time. Essential Oils can be added for even more pleasure or health intensity.

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: Stress Relief with Monkey Mind and Monkey Moves - Week 6Tuesday, October 18, 12pm-1pm

Cynthia Graham, RN, BSN

Tuesdays, Noon-1pm
September 13, 20, & 27; October 4, 11, & 18

1 hour per week for 6 weeks
Drop-In tuition is $15.00 per class.
Purchase all 6 weeks together for $75.00
Bring up to 2 children per adult for a discounted rate of $60.00 for all 6 weeks!

Perfect for flexible work lunches!

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. We will discuss Homeopathy, Aromatherapy and other techniques that remain on the edge in US culture. This is an out of the box class, be open minded. (Optional printed notes will be an extra fee to be set at a later time. Please wear comfortable clothes, 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.


Happy Herbal New Year!Thursday, October 20, 10am

Ann Wheeler, Log House Herbs

October 1, New Year's Day for Herbs, marks the beginning of a fresh, new COOLER season of herbal gardening pleasure. You and your garden have survived the dog days of summer and much lower temperatures aren't far away, so take a moment to dream and plan for the best herbal season ahead: the cool season. More herbs thrive when planted during our cool months than you may realize. In fact, basil is virtually alone in its requirement for warm soil and air temperatures in the mid-sixties. So it makes perfect sense during our mild Fall and Winter to plant cool season annuals like parsley, cilantro, lovage, and dill, and the longer-lived beloved perennials such as rosemary, thyme, mint, and lavender. In our region, Winter is no threat to the hardy herbs we love -- in fact, by planting now, your new herbs will develop the strong roots needed to take them through the devastating Texas summertime! So celebrate the Herbal New Year by learning about the many herbs that are best to plant right now, and then maximize the great opportunities that come with a gardeners' cooling-off period!.

About the Instructor:

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

MGCEU: Harris, Montgomery, & Waller County


The Fall and Winter Fruit GardenerSaturday, October 22, 10am

Angela Chandler, The Garden Academy

Fall and winter is the time to practice your "ounce of prevention" in the fruit garden. What you do now and in coming months will make a difference in next year's crop. Learn about fall and winter care for your citrus, fruit trees, and shrub fruits. We will cover soils, mulches, moisture, trunk care, dormant oils and sprays, chill hours, and weather issues you need to watch.

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: Harris, Montgomery, & Waller County


Gunters Heirloom VegetablesSaturday, October 22, 9am - 1pm

Leah and Pam Gunter, Gunters Heirloom Vegetables

Meet the Gunter's and let them introduce you to their heirloom vegetable varieties. Warning: you will want to plant them ALL!!!

About the Instructors:

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

MGCEU: Harris, Montgomery, & Waller County


Fall Into SpringSunday, October 23, 11am

Linda Gay, Horticulturist

Want glorious gardens next spring?? Don't let this season pass you by.

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: Montgomery County


Garden to VaseSaturday, October 29, 10am

Pat Hermes, Houston School of Flowers

Pat Hermes, a Texas Master Florist and director of Houston School of Flowers will demonstrate floral design styles & techniques for arranging flowers from the garden.

About the Instructor:

Pat Hermes is the director and principal instructor of Houston School of Flowers. Ms. Hermes was the principal instructor at Houston School of Floral Design for 28 years and during this time also instructed floral design for Rice University's Department of Continuing Studies. Her designs have been photographed and published by the Houston Chronicle in 12 featured articles. The Houston Chronicle has also featured Ms. Hermes in a floral design video production on their website. Ms. Hermes was the co-sponsor and instructor for international floral design touring programs in Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Italy and Holland from 1985-1996 and has also owned a retail flower shop and wedding design company.

MGCEU: Montgomery County


Christmas Open HouseSaturday, December 3, 2pm - 6pm

Our annual thank you to all of our friends.

Food Fun and Merriment

Music by: Curtis Poullard and the Creole Zydeco Band

Food by: Every-Bellies

   


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Keyhole Gardens
Qi Gong: Monkey Floor Play - Week 1
Qi Gong: Self Massage and Popping Bubbles - Week 1
Qi Gong: Stress Relief with Monkey Mind aand Monkey Moves - Week 1
Beyond Butterflies: Planting a pollinator garden!
Gardening in Small Spaces
Bee Forum
Qi Gong: Monkey Floor Play - Week 2
Qi Gong: Self Massage and Popping Bubbles - Week 2
Qi Gong: Stress Relief with Monkey Mind and Monkey Moves - Week 2
Fall Gardening - The Best Garden of All
Qi Gong: Monkey Floor Play - Week 3
Qi Gong: Self Massage and Popping Bubbles - Week 3
Qi Gong: Stress Relief with Monkey Mind and Monkey Moves - Week 3
Conserving Water Without Sacrificing Curb Appeal
Qi Gong: Monkey Floor Play - Week 4
Qi Gong: Self Massage and Popping Bubbles - Week 4
Qi Gong: Stress Relief with Monkey Mind and Monkey Moves - Week 4
Get Your Greens On - Asian Style!!!
Bulbs and Buddies
Indoor Composting = Outdoor Success
Qi Gong: Monkey Floor Play - Week 5
Qi Gong: Self Massage and Popping Bubbles - Week 5
Qi Gong: Stress Relief with Monkey Mind and Monkey Moves - Week 5
Attracting Bluebirds To Your Garden
Edible Flowers
Flowering Herbs and Festive Treats
Qi Gong: Monkey Floor Play - Week 6
Qi Gong: Self Massage and Popping Bubbles - Week 6
Qi Gong: Stress Relief with Monkey Mind and Monkey Moves - Week 6
Happy Herbal New Year!
The Fall and Winter Fruit Gardener
Gunters Heirloom Vegetables
Fall Into Spring
Garden to Vase
Christmas Open House

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