River-Friendly Landscaping Green Gardener Training for Landscape Professionals
River-Friendly Landscaping is an approach to landscaping
that works with nature to reduce waste, prevent pollution
and support the integrity of the Sacramento River watershed.
This program is designed for the Professional in the Landscape Industry and combines cutting-edge technology with ecologically sound landscaping principles and practices.
The Green Gardener Training Program is offered in THREE, 3-CLASS MODULES.
The modules may be taken as stand-alone courses;
however, participants must complete all three modules to become a Qualified Green Gardener and the opportunity to become an EcoLandscaper™ and be advertised on the Professional Referral List.
(Our plan is to offer the three modules at least twice per year)
Registration for each three-class module is $55 for EcoLandscape members;
$65 for non-members.
Pre-registration is Required.
Refunds available for cancellations received up to 7 days before the first class of the module.
Earn Continuing Education Units for:
• Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD)
• California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR)
• International Society of Arboriculture (ISA)
• Irrigation Association (IA)
• Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper (QWEL)
• EcoLandscape CA EcoLandscaper™
• California Certified Nursery Professional
Who Should Attend:
• Provide materials for all types of urban landscapes
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Why become a Qualified River-Friendly Green Gardener Professional?
The qualified Green Gardener conscientiously adheres to the River-Friendly
Landscape Guidelines and will have successfully completed intensive training.
- Gain a competitive advantage by being a part of this dynamic green industry
- Be qualified to respond to the increased need for professionals trained in environmentally-responsible principles and practices for the changing
- Identify yourself as a Green Gardener and ultimately an EcoLandscaper, and
use the official titles and logos to promote your services and qualifications.
- Receive recognition in public outreach opportunities, including the
opportunity to be listed on the EcoLandscaper™ Professional Referral List.
- Reduce pesticide use, minimize runoff, and prevent pollution for a healthier
landscape and environment for you and your clients.
- Learn to communicate the principles and standards that provide beautiful,
eco-friendly, water-efficient landscaping services to clients and employers.
MODULE 2 - MARCH 1, 8, 10, 2018
MODULE 3 - APRIL 5, 12, 21, 2018
EcoLandscaper - How do I qualify to become an EcoLandscaper?
List of our Green Gardener Graduates
The Program was first developed by the City and County of Santa Barbara and Ecology Action with funding from the State Water Resources Control Board through a Coastal Non-Point Source and a Proposition 13 grant in 2005.
The River-Friendly Landscaping (RFL) Training Program was brought to the
Sacramento Region by the Regional Water Authority.
The first class in Sacramento was offered in Spring 2009. Since then, hundreds of landscape professionals have graduated from the program.