Classes

Be Informed!

The Arbor Gate's frequent and wide-ranging classes, workshops, and special events provide enriching information and experiences throughout the gardening year. Our participants gain not only knowledge, but also inspiration and the incentive to get gardening! get cooking! get landscaping! get building that compost heap! get welding! and the list goes on!

Presenters range from published authors to local experts, some Arbor Gate favorites and others brand new to our audiences. Numerous authors of the books we stock are popular class and workshop presenters.

During the fall season until early December, and beginning again in the new year, a full and descriptive schedule, including speakers' credentials and specific topics, are posted on the website at arborgate.com. Website sign-up makes it easy and convenient to get involved.

Whether your interest is horticultural, culinary, or artistic, there's a class (or two or three) for you! So sign up, mark your calendars, and be ready to be energized and renewed.

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



Slow Gardening

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

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

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

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

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



Lunch with the Experts

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



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

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

Class NameDate/Time
High Density Home Orchard ManagementSaturday, January 25, 10:00am

Sorry we missed you!

Angela Chandler

Maximize your harvest with minimal space.







About 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 also writes for the Arbor Gate blog - read her articles here.

MGCEU: Harris County


Gunter's Heirloom VegetablesSaturday, January 25, 10am-1pm

Sorry we missed you!

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 Instructors:

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

MGCEU: Harris County


The Backyard Buffet - Fruit Tree and Vegetable Event Sunday, January 26, 10:00am

Sorry we missed you!

Heidi Sheesley of TreeSearch Farms
Dr. Novak

Adding fruits and vegetables to your landscape is easy!! Learn what varieties to choose and design tips to incorporate edibles into any space.

About Instructors:

Heidi Sheesley, owner of Treesearch Farms a premier provider of perennials, natives, unique and unusual plants for the Gulf Coast region. Look for Heidi's weekly article in Sunday's Real Estate section of the Houston Chronicle.

Joe Novak is a life-long gardener. He grew up on a farm in Ohio and through that experience developed his interest in and love of nature. He received a degree in botany from Ohio University and a Ph.D. in vegetable crops from Cornell University. Novak taught horticulture at Louisiana State University and Texas A&M University for over 40 years. While he was on the faculty of Texas A&M University he developed a program in sociohorticulture, the social applications of horticulture. He also developed the Holistic Teaching Garden, a garden in which students could not only learn gardening but also learn to use the garden as a tool to improve the quality of life for people who have disabilities or special needs. Novak now lives in Houston and is a consultant in special garden programs. He is designing and building holistic gardens at some of the Houston YMCAs, is a consultant in the development of the garden trail at M. D. Anderson Center and is serving as an adviser to the Plant It Forward Farms program. Novak is also advising some unique community garden programs in the Houston area and will teach a course in gardening and work with the community gardens at Rice University this spring. Novak is a proponent of the concept that contact with nature is restorative. This is an involuntary response which helps us relax, reducing mental stress and fatigue. The restorative benefit of contact with nature helps us to solve problems. It can be a valuable "tool" for anyone involved in a creative activity. Our gardens are nearby nature, restorative for our bodies and minds. One of Novak's primary goals is to develop a center for the study and practice of sociohorticulture in the Houston area. This would be a place where professionals in various disciplines could learn to use horticulture to improve the quality of life for the people with whom they are working. He plans to offer workshops and seminars for people in such disciplines as the health professions, community development and programs for youth.

MGCEU: Harris County


Rose PruningSunday, February 16, 1:00pm

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Gaye Hammond, Houston Rose Society

Rose pruning made simple. Learn the how, when and where to prune to keep your roses at their best year round.

About Instructors:

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.

MGCEU: Brazos County

MGCEU: Harris County


Vegetable GardeningSaturday, February 22, 10:00am

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Bill Adams
Tom LeRoy

They're back!!!! Learn, plant, enjoy, repeat!!!

About 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 Vegetable Gardening for the South.

MGCEU: Harris County


Preserving The HarvestSunday, February 23, 1:00pm

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Chef Molly Fowler

Easy recipes to enjoy your bounty throughout the year.

About Instructor:

Molly combines her years of catering expertise with her wide-ranging experience as a cooking instructor to demonstrate entertaining with ease, flair and impact.


Gunter's Heirloom VegetablesSaturday, March 1, 10am - 1pm

Sorry we missed you!

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 Instructors:

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

MGCEU: Brazos County

MGCEU: Harris County


Bee ForumSunday, March 2, 1:00pm

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Angela Chandler
Dean Cook

An informal meeting to discuss all things BEE!

Got Bees? Need to know what to do next? Join Top Bar Beekeepers Dean Cook and Angela Chandler for an afternoon of bee chat. Bring your questions to solve and experiences to share. This is not a class, it is an informal meeting and discussion hosted by The Arbor Gate to provide support to our growing community of natural beekeepers. We will cover some basics like harvesting honey, cross-combing solutions, Small Hive Beetle, and winter feeding. If you aren't keeping bees yet, but are interested and curious, feel free to join the discussion.

About 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.


Let's Talk Herbs With Attitude - Class AThursday, March 6, 10:00am

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Ann Wheeler, Log House Herbs

Some classic and favorite herbs seem to have a real attitude when it comes to growing in the Gulf Coast climate. Let's talk about that! Among some of the best-loved, most fragrant and flavorful, a few classics need to be coaxed along somewhat. And some that are perennials in other regions behave like annuals for us. Never mind -- we can have virtually all the greats, including lavender and lovage. Bring your worst stories and let's take a whack at coaxing them to thrive in your Gulf Coast garden!

About Instructor:

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

MGCEU: Brazos County

MGCEU: Harris County


Let's Talk Herbs With Attitude - Class BSaturday, March 8, 10:00am

Sorry we missed you!

Ann Wheeler, Log House Herbs

Some classic and favorite herbs seem to have a real attitude when it comes to growing in the Gulf Coast climate. Let's talk about that! Among some of the best-loved, most fragrant and flavorful, a few classics need to be coaxed along somewhat. And some that are perennials in other regions behave like annuals for us. Never mind -- we can have virtually all the greats, including lavender and lovage. Bring your worst stories and let's take a whack at coaxing them to thrive in your Gulf Coast garden!

About Instructor:

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

MGCEU: Brazos County

MGCEU: Harris County


Citrus 101Tuesday, March 11, 10:00am

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George Shackelford

Learn planting and care of the many varieties of citrus that we can grow.

About Instructor:

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

MGCEU: Brazos County

MGCEU: Harris County


Attracting Bluebirds To Your GardenThursday, March 13, 10:00am

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Linda Crum

Learn how to bring these beauties to your garden

About 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: Harris County


Landscape Design Short CourseSaturday, March 15, 10:00am

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Gaye Hammond

Is your landscape tired and in need of a face-lift - but you just don't know where to start? Have you poured money into landscaping projects and then been unsatisfied with the result? Do you have a new home and are in need of developing a landscape plan? If so, this course is for you! The approach that you will learn combines techniques used by professional landscape designers with the latest horticultural landscape management practices recommended by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service (part of the Texas A&M system) to provide the homeowner with a beautiful year-round landscape requiring only minimal maintenance. The class covers how to build your own design, plant and color selections and things to avoid for a successful landscape, and includes course materials.

About Instructor:

Gaye Hammond is a consulting rosarian, international lecturer and writer. She is also President of the Houston Rose Society. Gaye oversees the creation and maintenance of three Earth-Kind® trial sites in Texas and is involved in Earth-Kind® projects at ARS Headquarters in Shreveport, Louisiana.

MGCEU: Brazos County

MGCEU: Harris County


Spring "Kiki"-Herbal Mocktails and AppetizersWednesday, March 19, 10:00am

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Linda Franzo

Enjoy alcohol-free herbal elixirs, syrups, and bubbles, paired with light, appetizers. Experience a Spring "Kiki" perfect for Easter Brunch & Summer entertaining!

About 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, 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


50 Plants You Can't Live WithoutThursday, March 20, 10:00am

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Dr. David Creech, SFASU

Dr. Creech, respected horticulturalist, will share 50 rare and unusual plants

About 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 County

MGCEU: Harris County


Premier SharpeningThursday, March 20, 12pm-3pm

Sorry we missed you!

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


The Southern Heirloom GardenSaturday, March 22, 10:00am

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Dr. William Welch
Chris Wiesinger, Southern Bulb Co.

Design ideas and old garden favorites from two of the South's most respected horticulturalists and authors.

About Instructors:

Experience the allure of these wonderful old bulbs. Many have graced southern homes for many years with little or no care. Chris Wiesinger, founder of The Southern Bulb Company shares his passion for rescuing these native and adapted, rare and heirloom flowers. You will catch his fever! The Arbor Gate will have good selection of bulbs on hand just for this occasion.

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.

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).

MGCEU: Brazos County

MGCEU: Harris County

This class is approved for Fort Bend County Master Gardeners


Roses For Romance Health and BeautyThursday, March 27, 10:00am

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Cynthia Graham, RN, BSN

The color of a rose and number given traditionally represent specific emotional attachments. However, a rose has far more blessings than just its color. Explore the varied ways to luxuriate in the beauty of roses.

About Instructors:

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.


Energize Your Landscape with Feng ShuiSaturday, March 29, 10:00am

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Katherine Ashby

Join us for a fun and unusual presentation on how to apply the principles of Feng Shui, the ancient art of placement, to your landscaping. Feng Shui is a popular and effective way to maximize the impact of specific colors, shapes, water features, and decorative items in your landscaping to enhance not only the beauty, but also the harmony of your home and garden. We will use plants and items from Arbor Gate to demonstrate applying the principles. Everyone will go home with a Feng Shui template to overlay on their property.

About Instructor:

Katherine Ashby has training and experience in both Western and Eastern Feng Shui practices. For 18 years Ms. Ashby has specialized in residential feng shui, helping clients buy and sell real estate, and designing, renovating, and rearranging their homes for using the art of placement. She is part of the Classical Chinese Wu Chang Feng Shui Lineage. Ms. Ashby has taught Feng Shui classes for University of Houston, Baylor College of Medicine, MD Anderson Cancer Center, and Houston Community College. Ms. Ashby is the author of Facing Prosperity: The Power of Your Personal Feng Shui Directions.


Delicious Mischief in the KitchenSunday, March 30, 11:00am

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John DeMers

Cookbook author and radio host John DeMers has been interviewing the best chefs, first in his native New Orleans and now in his beloved Texas, for nearly 25 years. He joins us to talk about the adventure and share some of the flavor tricks that have transformed his own cooking. Oh, and he'll be serving up tastes of the best stuff!


Uniquely DifferentTuesday, April 1, 10:00am

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Rand Hopkins, Monrovia

A sneak preview of what's new from this industry leader.

About Instructor:

Rand C. Hopkins grew up in Houston, TX and graduated from Clear Lake High School. Upon graduation he attended Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. where he received a Bachelor of Sciences in Natural Resources with a minor in Horticulture. Rand started working for Monrovia in 1993 in both the Dayton, Or and Visalia, Ca. locations, and over the past 13 years he has been based in Houston, TX as an outside sales representative for Monrovia. When he is not talking about plants Rand enjoys playing guitar in a local band and spending time with his wife Julie and children Sienna and Reed.

MGCEU: Harris County


Serene CitrusThursday, April 3, 10:00am

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Cynthia Graham, RN, BSN

Citrus fruits have been used to flavor foods, create edible designs, adorn tables, decorate trees, combine with spices for deodorizing, crush or juice for cleaning and purifying the home, as well as detoxifying and fortifying the mind, body and spirit. Join this class to sweetly enhance the recipes of your life. (Lemon, Lime, Orange, Grapefruit, etc.)

About 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.


Tropical ParadiseSaturday, April 5, 10:00am

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Linda Gay

Design a garden using fragrant flowers, colorful foliage and clumping bamboo to create your own tropical paradise.

About 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 County

MGCEU: Harris County

This class is approved for Fort Bend County Master Gardeners


Favorite Wildlife-Friendly Natives for Every SeasonTuesday, April 8, 10:00am

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Diana Foss

Like to watch the bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds in your garden? Discover which hardy native plants grow & bloom well in my wildlife habitat. We'll compile a list of great natives to choose as wildlife-friendly food sources for each season.

About Instructor:

Diana Foss currently coordinates the "Houston Bat Team", a group of community volunteers dedicated to education and research about bats. These volunteers give education programs, monthly "Bat Chats" at Waugh Drive bridge, and monitor bat populations in the greater Houston area; Also bat-related, Diana is a member of Texas Bat Working Group;

MGCEU: Brazos County

MGCEU: Harris County

This class is approved for Fort Bend County Master Gardeners


From The Garden To The TableThursday, April 10, 10:00am

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Jeremy Kollaus
Chef Chris Crowder

Easy recipes for all things fresh from the garden!

About 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, Jeremy is a great cook!


Container Herb GardeningSaturday, April 12, 10:00am

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Henry Flowers

Don't have space for an herb garden or want to keep some herbs nearer to the kitchen? Then container herb gardening is for you. Many herbs will do well in containers. Learn how to choose and grow them so that you can best utilize these wonderful plants.

About 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 County

MGCEU: Harris County

This class is approved for Fort Bend County Master Gardeners


Premier SharpeningSaturday, April 12, 2pm-5pm

Sorry we missed you!

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


The Natives Are RestlessSunday, April 13, 1:00pm

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Mark Bronstad, Doremus Nursery

Native varieties of perennials, shrubs and trees that should be in every landscape.

About Instructor:

My love for gardening began at an early age in San Antonio helping my mother in the vegetable garden and in the yard setting out plants we collected in the hill country. When I was in High School, I worked as a camp counselor in Hunt, Tx. teaching campers Environmental Science and Foresty. This inspired me to attend Stephen F. Austin to study Horticulture and Forestry. It was in Nacogdoches that I met Peter Loos, and that was when I really caught the 'Native Plant' bug. When I graduated, I took a job at Doremus Wholesale Nursery where I have been ever since. We now grow a large number of native plants to the gulf coast, as well as many other rare or hard to find plants. We continue to expand our native plant diversity, and look forward to the many new native plants we will be able to offer in the future.

MGCEU: Brazos County

MGCEU: Harris County

This class is approved for Fort Bend County Master Gardeners


Self-Watering ContainersSaturday, April 26, 10:00am

Angela Chandler

Self-watering containers (SWC) are easy and economical to make. They can be made from new, recycled, or rescued components with a few basic tools and skills. Anyone can make them! They are wonderful for many veggies and herbs, and small fruits such as blueberries and strawberries. SWC use less water than tradition sources such as hose watering or sprinklers and fertilizing can be done at the same time. Since they are highly portable, they can be moved around the garden to capture the right amount of sun as the seasons change. Join us to learn the basics, and go home with some patterns and ideas to create your own.

About 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 also writes for the Arbor Gate blog - read her articles here.

MGCEU: Brazos County

MGCEU: Harris County

This class is approved for Fort Bend County Master Gardeners


From Kathy's GardenThursday, May 1, 10:00am

Kathy Huber

Kathy will share her successes, secrets, and stories!!

About Instructor:

Kathy's roots are in the South, as she shares her love of gardening with treasured favorites and new found friends. She is the Gardening editor for The Houston Chronicle.

MGCEU: Brazos County

This class is approved for Fort Bend County Master Gardeners


The Greg Grant CollectionSaturday, May 3, 10:00am

Greg Grant

Greg Grant is a horticulturist for SFA Gardens in Nacogdoches. He writes the "Greg's Ramblings" section of The Arbor Gate blog. < href="http://arborgate.com/blog/category/gregs-ramblings/">Read his articles here.

MGCEU: Brazos County

MGCEU: Harris County

This class is approved for Fort Bend County Master Gardeners


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

Special Guest:
Felder Rushing
Houston Llew
And More!

Live Broadcast:
Randy Lemmon

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.


Premier SharpeningSaturday, May 17, 2pm-5pm

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


Tomato ContestSaturday, June 7, 11:00am

Judges will choose winners in the categories of largest fruit and best tasting fruit. Don't miss out on the fun!

Judges:
Bill Adams
Jeremy Kollaus
Chef Chris Crowder
Randy Lemmon
Tom LeRoy

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 (any size/single variety)
  • 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 green, white, pink, orange, or red.


Jr. Chef / Growing and Cooking with Herbs! Thursday, June 12, 9am-12:30pm

Stephanie Baker

Join us for fun a morning of fun in the garden where your child will paint and decorate a wooden planter box, learn about cooking with herbs, take home great kid friendly recipes, and find out which herbs attract butterflies and caterpillars to your back yard. After taking a tour of The Arbor Gate herb and vegetable garden, they will choose three herbs to plant in their box, and then learn about care and harvesting. Plus play fun games and enjoy a picnic lunch!

Each child will take home a wooden planter box of herbs and several great recipes!

*Planter boxes make a great Father's Day gift for Dad or Grandpa!

  • 9:00am-12:30pm
  • Ages 6-12
  • Min: 10 children / max 18
  • Fee - $50 per child (includes supplies)

About the Instructor:

Stephanie Baker completed her Master Gardener certification in 2002, is a resident of Tomball, and the owner of Ready to Grow Gardens. www.readytogrowgardens.com To date, Stephanie has designed and created beautiful school learning gardens for fourteen elementary schools and three early education centers. She also developed a unique garden based curriculum that was integrated into the science curriculum at each school. During the school year Stephanie can be found in one of these gardens teaching students to plant seeds, harvest vegetables, and study wildlife in the place she loves best... the garden!


Premier SharpeningSaturday, June 14, 2pm-5pm

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


Lovely Ladybugs and Miniature Gardens Thursday, July 17, 9am-12:30pm

Stephanie Baker

Join us for a morning of fun in the garden where your child will learn how to create an exciting miniature garden of their own, and about every gardener's friend... the ladybug! Your child's imagination will guide them in creating three different elements of their miniature garden. A fairy or gnome cottage, a tiny pond, and a choice of wonderful herbs that will make their miniature garden complete with a tiny growing forest!

Plus play fun games and enjoy a picnic lunch!

  • 9:00am-12:30pm
  • Ages 6-12
  • Min: 10 children / max 18
  • Fee - $50 per child (includes supplies)

About the Instructor:

Stephanie Baker completed her Master Gardener certification in 2002, is a resident of Tomball, and the owner of Ready to Grow Gardens. www.readytogrowgardens.com To date, Stephanie has designed and created beautiful school learning gardens for fourteen elementary schools and three early education centers. She also developed a unique garden based curriculum that was integrated into the science curriculum at each school. During the school year Stephanie can be found in one of these gardens teaching students to plant seeds, harvest vegetables, and study wildlife in the place she loves best... the garden!


Hummingbirds and Butterflies!Thursday, August 14, 9am-12:30pm

Stephanie Baker

Join us for a morning of fun in the garden where your child will discover how to attract beautiful butterflies and hummingbirds to your backyard! They will learn about which hummingbirds and butterflies most commonly visit our area and the flowers and plants that attract them. They will explore the amazing migration of the Monarch Butterfly and the Ruby-throated hummingbird and how to help scientist track their journey south this fall.

Each child will paint and decorate a large clay pot; choose three favorite butterfly / humming bird attracting flowers, and plant them in their decorated pots to take home!

Plus play fun games and enjoy a picnic lunch!

  • 9:00am-12:30pm
  • Ages 6-12
  • Min: 10 children / max 18
  • Fee - $50 per child (includes supplies)

About the Instructor:

Stephanie Baker completed her Master Gardener certification in 2002, is a resident of Tomball, and the owner of Ready to Grow Gardens. www.readytogrowgardens.com To date, Stephanie has designed and created beautiful school learning gardens for fourteen elementary schools and three early education centers. She also developed a unique garden based curriculum that was integrated into the science curriculum at each school. During the school year Stephanie can be found in one of these gardens teaching students to plant seeds, harvest vegetables, and study wildlife in the place she loves best... the garden!


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

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