Luther Burbank Home & Gardens

Upcoming Events

Luther Burbank Home & Gardens is safe and well in downtown Santa Rosa. We are well away from any active fires.

The Gardens are open every day, free of charge, from 8am to dusk. When the air quality clears, we are available as a quiet place to be.

The Board has decided, in consideration of current conditions and the challenges our Volunteers are facing, to close our Tour Season immediately, instead of trying to stay open through October 31. The Gift Shop, Museum and Docent-led Tours will open again Tues, April 3, 2018.

Saturday & Sunday, December 2nd & 3rdHoliday Open House

Luther Burbank Home & Gardens

Greenhouse & Carriage House

Welcome to the official website for the Home, Greenhouse, and Gardens where world-renowned horticulturist, Luther Burbank, lived and experimented with plants for most of his 50-year career.

This Registered National, State & City Historic Landmark is a unique urban garden located at the corner of Santa Rosa and Sonoma Avenues in Santa Rosa, California. See the map to Luther Burbank Home & Gardens.

The Carriage House Museum & Gift Shop is open and walk-in Docent-led tours are available April-October. The grounds are open daily from 8:00 a.m. to dusk year-round for self-guided tours and reserved Group and Children’s Tours.

Please note: pets are not allowed in the Gardens. Service animals only.

Photography in the Gardens



We recognize that our Gardens are a very popular place for photography. And we encourage this (in fact, we indulge ourselves. Visit our What’s in Bloom section for proof of that!)

If you are doing an important photo shoot (senior portrait, wedding party, quinceañera) we strongly suggest you call (524-5445) and confirm that there isn’t an event scheduled. We host a few events each year where we close the Gardens and we’d hate to have you show up on one of those days and not be able to take your photos.

And we ask that you consider making a donation, on site or online, so that we can continue to maintain the Gardens in the state that makes them such a lovely site for photos.


What’s in Bloom

The Gardens are definitely more Autumn than Summer now, even though the leaves haven’t started changing. The dahlia bed is bright with color, the roses continue on and the Edible Garden are ready to harvest. View more photos…

Did You Know?

In California, Arbor Day is celebrated on March 7th, in honor of Luther Burbank’s birthday. (In many other parts of the country it’s celebrated late in April, as being a more appropriate time, weatherwise, for planting trees.)

In fact, California celebrates Arbor Week, March 7-14. You can find more information about local activities at Arbor Week.

Rachel's Fruit Salad Tree

’Tis the Season to Graft Your Fruit Trees!

Greetings all! I’m sure most of you are familiar with the story of the 20,000 prune trees Mr. Burbank delivered to Warren Dutton in 1881, earning Burbank the nickname of “The Plant Wizard.” To accomplish this task, Mr. Burbank used a technique known as June Budding, where individual buds of one plant are spliced onto the stem of another plant. They call it “June” budding because often this process is accomplished when the rootstock of the plant is actively growing. This time of year, when plants are dormant, we use a different grafting technique that involves a rootstock and a...

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Photo of Thomas Edison, Luther Burbank & Henry Ford

Burbank & Famous Friends

Luther Burbank became an internationally known celebrity during his lifetime. Many famous people made the journey to small-town Santa Rosa to visit the plant breeder and view his experiments. The guestbook records visits from the East Coast, Europe, Australia and Mongolia among many others. Read about some of Luther’s most well-known visitors.

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