How It Works

Gardeners attend the Green Gardener class through SBCC's School of Extended Learning in Santa Barbara or Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria.

The class covers topics on resource efficient and pollution prevention landscape maintenance practices. The class is held twice per year and is taught bilingually in both English and Spanish. The class format is fifteen 2.5-hour sessions with class and field time.

After completion of the course and a final test, gardeners are issued a Green Gardener card and certificate of completion and then placed on the Green Gardener list (if providing gardening services) which is promoted to the public. The Green Gardener card is for an individual not a company, however the listing will include the certified individual's company name and issued annually with completion of 2 hours continuing education.

Benefits of Becoming A Green Gardener

  1. Improve the health, appearance and value of landscapes.
  2. Improve resource efficiency and reduce pollution on landscape sites.
  3. Your name and company name on the Green Gardener website and list distributed to the public.
  4. Networking and local business discounts! Click here for additional benefits.

Fall 2017 Basic Class Schedule

Santa Barbara:

Santa Barbara City College's School of Extended Learning
Wake Center, Room 26
300 N. Turnpike Rd. Santa Barbara, CA 93111

Spanish: August 21st - December 4th
Mondays from 4:30-6:45pm

GG Group Photo 2013English: August 23rd - December 6th
Wednesdays from 4:30-6:45pm

Materials Fee: Free!

Enrollment: Register in advance through the SBCC's School of Extended Learning in order to reserve your spot in the class. If space is available, students can enroll during the first week of class. You must enroll for each individual module if you wish to take both Module 1 and 2. For assistance in both English and Spanish, please call the SBCC Wake Center Support Services at (805) 964-6853.   

Here is the link to the flyer.

Santa Maria:
Location: Allan Hancock College
Santa Maria Campus, Room K-23
800 S College Dr, Santa Maria, CA 93454

Bilingual (Spanish & English): August 22nd - October 26th
Tuesday & Thursdays from 6-8:15pm    

Materials Fee: $12

Enrollment: Register in advance at Hancock College Community Education or receive registration assistance in person at Community Education (Building S.) on the Santa Maria campus. If space is available, students can enroll during the first week of class. You must enroll for each individual module if you wish to take both Module 1 and 2. For questions in English or Spanish, call (805) 922-6966 x3209. 

Here is the link to the flyer.

Green Gardener Class Curriculum

Preview what you can learn by taking the course!

Course PDFs        Coursesahc_tour

English  Spanish    1. Right Plant in the Right Place (Watch in  English and Spanish)

English  Spanish    2. Irrigation Management: Water, Plants, and Soils (Watch in English or  Spanish

English  Spanish    3. Irrigation Management: Scheduling and Irrigation Controllers (Watch in English and Spanish)                  

English  Spanish    4. Irrigation Management: Troubleshooting Irrigation Systems   

English  Spanish    5. Irrigation Management: Design and Efficiency   

English  Spanish    6. Fertilizers and Grasscycling

English  Spanish    7. Mulches and Composts: Keeping Greenwaste On-Site

English  Spanish    8. Pruning for Plant Health

English  Spanish    9. Integrated Pest Management: Pests  

English  Spanish    10. Integrated Pest Management: Weeds

English  Spanish    11. Soil Fertility    

English  Spanish    12. Selling Water Efficiency

English  Spanish    13. WaterWise Landscaping Programs                                                

Green Gardener Resources

Continuing Education Opportunities
Santa Barbara City College Environmental Horticulture Department

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden Classes
SBCC Continuing Education Classes
Allan Hancock Community College - Santa Maria
All Around Landscape Supply
(classes available) 
Aqua-Flo Supply (classes available)
Ewing (classes available) 

Green Gardener Card Renewal Requirements:

Annual requirement to renew your Green Gardener card is:

  • Two hours of continuing education for standard Green Gardeners

Options for continuing education hours 

GG Card Renewal Forms:
pdf smallRenewal Form (English)
pdf smallRenewal Form (Spanish)

Submitting your Renewal Information

Mailing Address and Drop Off Location:
ATTN: Tyrone LaFay
Santa Barbara County Water Agency
130 East Victoria St. Suite 200
Santa Barbara, CA 93101  

Or you can email your completed form to:

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