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The Arbor Gate: Express Yourself with Color

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.

Inspiring displays
Inspiring displays
A purple elephant in a hammock.
Elephant with a hammock filled with Purslane

Awesome Lectures!

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 met my good friend Chris Wiesinger of Southern Bulb Company aka the Bulb Hunter.

All of their classes, lectures, and events are planned and listed here. I 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.

A gazebo in the middle of a garden.
Lecture Hall

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.

A metal wind chime in a parking lot.
Kinetic Copper Sculpture
A rusty tub with a bunch of mushrooms in it.
Old tub – new purpose
A bench in front of a display of potted plants.
Color is Everywhere
A group of pots and a chair.
Pots in every shape and size
Colorful birdhouses in front of a house.
Garden Art That POPS in Every Color!
A tin can sitting on the ground in a garden.
Something for everyone….
Glass cross ornaments hanging from a railing.
Green Glass Crosses

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