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Green Gardener Program Overview


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Gardeners attend the Green Gardener class through Santa Barbara City College Continuing Education Division (Adult Education) 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.

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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.
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Fall 2015 Class Schedules

In Santa Barbara (through Santa Barbara Community College Continuing Education

Wake Center, Room 26

300 N. Turnpike Road
Santa Barbara, CA 93111

Cost: FREE

Registration: Register in advance online to reserve a seat in class

Fall 2015 Class Dates: 

August 24th - December 7th @ 4:30-7PM *Bilingual class

*The Bilingual class is taught in both English and Spanish

The Green Gardener class is a State-certification program offered through the Community College District.

Go to Santa Barbara City College's Continuing Education website for more information,
or call SBCC at (805) 683-8260

Course Flyer: English & Spanish


In Santa Maria (through Allan Hancock College)

*Next class will be offered in Spring 2016

Go to Allan Hancock College's website for more information. 
Questions? Preguntas? Call 922-6966, extension 3209. Habla español.

Green Gardener Class Curriculum Class Schedules 01  Preview what you can learn in the Green Gardener Course!

Course PDFs        Courses

English  Spanish    1. Right Plant in the Right Place  
English  Spanish    2. Irrigation Management: Water, Plants, and Soils 
English  Spanish    3. Irrigation Management: Scheduling and Irrigation Controllers     
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                                                
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Continuing Your Education

Continuing Education Opportunities are Linked Below

Santa Barbara City College Environmental Horticulture Department
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden Classes
SBCC Continuing Education Classes
All Around Landscape Supply
(classes available)
Allan Hancock Community College - Santa Maria
Aqu-Flow Supply (classes available)
Ewing (classes available) 

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Renew Your GG Card

Green Gardener Card Renewal Requirements:

Annual requirement to renew your Green Gardener card is:

  • Two hours of continuing education for standard GGs

Options for continuing education hours:

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

Submitting your Renewal Information:

Mailing Address:

Tyrone LaFay 
Santa Barbara County Water Agency
130 E. Victoria St. Suite 200
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Santa Barbara Drop Off:

Tyrone LaFay 
Santa Barbara County Water Agency
130 E. Victoria St. Suite 200
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Santa Maria Drop Off:

Attn: Water Agency
Santa Barbara County Public Works Building
620 West Foster Road
Santa Maria, CA  

Or you can email your completed form to:

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