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Being A Green Gardener

 

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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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Class Schedules

In Santa Barbara (through Santa Barbara Community College Continuing Education)

Three classes are being offered in Santa Barbara this Fall!
Two at the Wake Center (Spanish & English), and one at the Salvation Army Center (Bilingual).

Location:
Wake Center
Room 26

300 N. Turnpike Road, Santa Barbara  
Cost: $35 (materials fee)

Registration: To reserve a seat in the class, you are encouraged to register in advance. You can register in advance at the Wake Center or online. You can also register on the first day of class but this does not guarantee you a seat in the class.

Class Dates:

Spanish Language: September 8th - December 8th
English Language: September 10th - December 10th

Class Time:
Spanish Language: 4:30pm - 7:10pm
English Language: 4:00pm - 6:30pm

The above classes will be held in Room 26 at the Wake Center  

Location:
Salvation Army Center
423 Chapala St., Santa Barbara  
Cost: $35 (materials fee)

Registration: To reserve a seat in the class, you are encouraged to register in advance. You can register in advance online. You can also register on the first day of class but this does not guarantee you a seat in the class. 

Class Dates: 

Bilingual class: September 10th - December 10th

Class Time:
9:20am - 12 noon

Classes taught in 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)

Location:
Hancock College Campus
Building K, Room 23
800 S. College Dr.
Santa Maria, CA 93454
Cost: $7 (materials fee)

Registration: To reserve a seat in the class, you are encouraged to pre-register at Building 'S' or online. Course # CRN 23221 & 23405 (Beginning) and CRN 23406 and 23222 (Advanced).  

Class Dates:

September 2nd - October 2nd; Basic course
October 7th - November 6th; Advanced course
Note- Students must complete both the Basic and Advanced course to receive a certificate of completion.

Class Time
:
Tuesdays 6:00pm - 8:15pm
Thursdays 3:00pm - 5:15pm 

Classes taught in English and Spanish. The Green Gardener class is a State-certification program offered through the Community College District.

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:

Len Fleckenstein
Santa Barbara County Water Agency
130 E. Victoria St. Suite 200
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Santa Barbara Drop Off:

Len Fleckenstein
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  

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