Green Gardener Program
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.
- Improve the health, appearance and value of landscapes.
- Improve resource efficiency and reduce pollution on landscape sites.
- Your name and company name on the Green Gardener website and list distributed to the public.
- Networking and local business discounts! Click here for additional benefits.
Fall 2018 Class Schedules
Santa Barbara City College's School of Extended Learning
Wake Center, Room 26
300 N. Turnpike Rd. Santa Barbara, CA 93111
Mondays, Aug. 27th – Dec. 10th
Module I: 8/27 –11/5 at 4:30-6:30pm
Module II: 11/19–12/10 at 4:30-8pm
Wednesdays, Aug. 29th – Dec. 12th
Module I: 8/29 –10/31 at 4:30-6:30pm
Module II: 11/21–12/12 at 4:30-8pm
Vocational ESL for Landscape
Wake Center, Room 27
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 8/27–12/15 at 4-5:50pm
*This certification class is to be taken concurrently with the either class to help improve communication skills. Click here for more info.
Materials Fee: Free!
Enrollment: Register in advance through the SBCC's School of Extended Learning. 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 I and II. For assistance in English and Spanish, please call the SBCC Wake Center Support Services at (805) 964-6853 or attend a Registration Workshop.
Allan Hancock College
Santa Maria Campus, Room K-25
800 S College Dr, Santa Maria, CA 93454
Bilingual (Spanish & English): Spring TBD
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 I and II. For questions in English or Spanish, call (805) 922-6966 x3209.
Green Gardener Class Curriculum
Preview what you can learn by taking the course!
Course PDFs Courses
Spanish 1. Right Plant in the Right Place (Watch in
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 (watch in English or Spanish)
English Spanish 9. Integrated Pest Management: Pests (watch in English and Spanish)
*Beneficial Insects (watch in English)
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
- California Friendly Maintenance Guide (English)
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 Certification Renewal Requirements
- Two hours of continuing education for standard Green Gardeners is required in order to renew and maintain your annual Green Gardener certification.
Options for continuing education hours:
- Local landscaping/irrigation classes – click here for options
- Landscape and Irrigation videos can be viewed here or checked out through the Santa Barbara library
- Submit 3 completed Green Gardener Customer Surveys – click here for survey
- Submit 1 completed Green Gardener Self Assessment Tool
Green Gardener Assessment Tool 2007 - (English)
Green Gardener Assessment Tool 2007 - (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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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