Green Gardener Program
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 2021 Class Schedules
Santa Barbara City College's School of Extended Learning
Wake Center, Room 26
300 N. Turnpike Rd. Santa Barbara, CA 93111
Wednesdays, August 25th - December 6th at 5:00 - 7:40 pm
Mondays, August 23rd - December 8th at 5:00 - 7:40 pm
***All classes are Zoom Videoconferencing***
Vocational ESL (communication skills) will be offered after each class for Spanish Speakers looking to improve their English.
Materials Fee: Free!
Enrollment: Register in advance through the SBCC's School of Extended Learning. Students may also register in person at the SBCC Wake or Schott Campuses (Hours: Tuesday/Thursday from 10 am - 6pm). If space is available, students can enroll during the first week of class. Classes include Module I and II. You must enroll for each individual module if you wish to take both Modules. For assistance in English or Spanish, please call the SBCC Student Services at (805) 898-8160 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com.
Adding a class
SBCC Career Institute Digital Badge: By enrolling in the course, students can receive a Green Gardener Certification of Completion Digital Badge that can be posted on your profile online, such as LinkedIn, Facebook, etc.
Allan Hancock College
Santa Maria Campus, Room K-25
800 S College Dr, Santa Maria, CA 93454
Fall 2021 classes TBD
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.
Here is a link to a helpful video on how to register for a class at Allan Hancock College: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1josFwmPu38
Preview what you can learn by taking the course!
Course PDFs Courses
English Spanish 3. Irrigation Management: Troubleshooting Irrigation Systems
English Spanish 4. Irrigation Management: Scheduling and Irrigation Controllers (Watch in English and Spanish)
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 Spanish 10. Integrated Pest Management: Weeds
English Spanish 11. Soil Fertility
English Spanish 12. Selling Water Efficiency
English Spanish 13. WaterWise Landscaping Programs
- 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)
- 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 – see "Continuing Education Opportunities" above
- 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 - (English)
Green Gardener Assessment Tool - (Spanish)
GG Card Renewal Forms:
Renewal Form (Bilingual)
Submitting your Renewal Information
Please submit your Renewal Form and any attachments by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by mail to:
Santa Barbara County Water Agency
ATTN: Green Gardener Program
Santa Barbara County Water Agency
130 East Victoria St. Suite 200
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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