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Green Gardener Program Overview:

How It Works

Gardeners attend the Green Gardener class through Santa Barbara City College Continuing Education Division in Santa Barbara or Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria. gg1

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!

Spring 2017 Class Schedules
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Basic Class (English and Spanish):
In Santa Barbara
(through Santa Barbara City College Continuing Education)

Location:
Wake Center, Room 26
300 N. Turnpike Road
Santa Barbara, CA 93111

Class Times:
Spanish Class: 
January 23rd - May 8th, 2017 (15 Mondays) at 4:30-6:45pm                                                
Module 1: January 23rd - April 3rd       
Module 2: April 3rd - May 8th  

English Class: January 25th - May 10th, 2017 (15 Wednesdays) at 4:30-6:45pm       
                                                            
Module 1: January 25th - March 22nd      
Module 2: March 22nd - May 10th

Fee: FREE!

Enrollment: Register in advance through the SBCC Continuing Education 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. 

View the bilingual flyer for more information.    
 

In Santa Maria (through Allan Hancock College )
Location: 

Santa Maria Campus, Room c-10 
800 S College Dr,
Santa Maria, CA 93454

Class Times:
Bilingual Class: 
February 14th - April 27th, 2017 (Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6-8:15pm)                                                         
Module 1 (Beginning): February 14th - March 16th        
Module 2 (Advanced): March 28th - April 27th

Materials Fee: $12

Enrollment: Register in advance at www.hancockcollege.edu/communityeducation 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. 

View the English or Spanish flyer for more information.

NEW Advanced Class (English):
In Santa Barbara (through Santa Barbara City College Continuing Education)Advanced Green Gardener Logo

Location:
Wake Center, Room 26 
300 N. Turnpike Road 
Santa Barbara, CA 93111 

English Class Time: January 17th - May 11th, 2017 (16 weeks)                                                        
Lecture: Tuesdays at 4-6pm
Lab: Thursdays at 3-6pm

Fee: FREE!

Enrollment: Register in advance through the  SBCC Continuing Education 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. 

View the bilingual flyer for more information.        


Green Gardener Class Curriculum
 

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Course PDFs        Courses

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 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
Aqua-Flo Supply (classes available)
Ewing (classes available) 

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: 

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

Or you can email your completed form to: tylafay@cosbpw.net

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