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 2017 Basic Class Schedule
Location: 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
English: 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.
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
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 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 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
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
- 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 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
- 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