Homeowners and landscape professionals can learn how to create beautiful landscapes that are efficient, functional, and eco-friendly through Allan Hancock College Community Education’s free green gardening classes.

The noncredit Community Education program is offering both a beginning and advanced green gardening class this spring. The beginning class starts February 14 and meets evenings 6:00 – 8:15 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays through March 16. The advanced course will begin March 28 and will meet at the same times through April 27. Students who enroll in both classes can receive the green gardening certificate in resource-efficient landscape maintenance practices.

In Hancock’s Community Education green gardening program students learn to make a landscape as efficient, functional, and beautiful as possible.
In Hancock’s Community Education green gardening program students learn to make a landscape as efficient, functional, and beautiful as possible.

Topics of instruction include irrigation efficiency, green waste reduction, pest and fertilizer management, proper plant maintenance, and other sustainable landscaping techniques. After completing the program, participants will benefit from special promotion to businesses and homeowners through the preferred Green Gardener list distributed by the Santa Barbara County Water Agency.

Instructor Julie Andrews-Scott has been an educator for more than 20 years and specializes in teaching students how to make native and water-wise plants work for a better environment in the state of California.  She has a bachelor’s degree in nutritional science and a master’s in cultural aspects of food systems from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Her landscaping techniques, combined with natural pesticide management and sensible water conservation measures, give students the edge over problematic landscaping.

Register online at www.hancockcollege.edu/communityeducation, click Apply for Community Ed Classes and proceed. Use course number (CRN) 42030 and 42031. You may also receive registration assistance in person at Community Education (bldg.S) on the Santa Maria campus.

Printed copies of the spring 2017 Spectrum schedule of Community Education classes are available at all campus locations.

For more information, call (805) 922-6966 ext. 3209.