Green Gardener Certification Training

When: Wednesdays, 6:00-8:00pm, January 16-March 20; 3 Saturday classes

Where: Watsonville Adult Education, 294 Green Valley Rd., Watsonville

Cost: $100 per person. Scholarships are available for income-qualified individuals.

Description: The Green Gardener Certification Program is a 10-week hands-on training program for landscape professionals that emphasizes ecological landscape design and resource-efficient landscape maintenance practices. Each 2-hour class in the series offers both classroom instruction and hands-on skill-building opportunities in English and Spanish. Core topics include irrigation system troubleshooting, efficient irrigation technologies, weather-based irrigation scheduling, strategies for turf removal, installation and maintenance of drought tolerant and California native plants, natural pruning techniques, evaluating compost quality, mulch application, fertilizer selection and application, integrated pest/weed management, and Monterey Bay-Friendly Landscape standards.  Advanced topics in irrigation system design, greywater irrigation and rainwater harvesting follow the basic certification-level course.  Landscape contractors and green industry experts instruct all Green Gardener classes with Spanish interpretation provided by Watsonville Adult Education.

Certified Green Gardeners and their employers are promoted by local water agency sponsors and are listed on www.green-gardener.org.

Registration: By phone: (831) 786 2160

on-line: www.waae.pvusd.net

or in person:  294 Green Valley Road, Watsonville

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