The Arbor Gate, located in Tomball (Northwest of Houston) is one of my favorite nurseries to visit. Packed with a large selection of perennials, native plants, roses, herbs, garden art, two gift shops, and a very knowledgeable staff, you are sure to find inspiration here. To sum up the Arbor Gate in one word: COLOR. If you love color, you’ll love the Arbor Gate. Beverly Welch is the owner and she knows her stuff. She’s charming, authentic and practices what she preaches… Organics! No pesticides or synthetic fertilizers are used in the gardens here. And by looking at the amount of butterflies and bees darting around, you know it’s true. The entire nursery is one giant Garden Insectary. It’s filled with creative displays that show how to use color, plants and art to create authentic designs that express who you are.
The Arbor Gate knows how to host lectures and seminars. First rate! My friends and I attend often. There is usually a tent in front of this amazing metal pavilion for guests to sit under. That is how I meet my good friend Chris Wiesinger of Southern Bulb Company aka the Bulb Hunter. BTW, he’ll be at Arbor Gate on the 18th of this month for their BULBS AND BUDDIES BASH event. Don’t miss it.
All of their classes, lectures and events are planned in advance and listed here. I really like being able to browse the list, and schedule visits based on what I am interested in learning more about. This place is not just a nursery… it’s a great place to learn and make friends.
Eye Candy for Gardeners
If you love garden art, you’ll be delighted with the choices available to you in every color and price range imaginable. I particularly love the kinetic copper sculptures and will be saving up for one. Have a look at some of the treasures I spotted.