Luther Burbank Home & Gardens

Upcoming Events

Friday, April 1st – Tour Season Starts, Carriage House Museum & Gift Shop Open

Sunday, May 8th (Mother’s Day)Chosen Spot Plant Expo and Sale, 11:00-3:00

Saturday, July 16thMidsummer Garden Tea

Luther Burbank Home & Gardens

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.


Tours-Open

Tour Season Opens April 1st

Our 2016 Tour Season opens Friday, April 1st.

Docent-led Tours are available Tuesday-Sunday between 10:00 and 3:30. The Museum and Carriage House Gift Shop are open Tuesday-Sunday from 10:00 to 4:00.

The Gardens are open year-round from 8:00 to dusk.

April is an excellent time to visit – all the trees are wearing bright “new-leaf” colors, there are poppies all over the place, and the roses are starting to bloom.


Star Flowers

What’s in Bloom

Spring is creeping in! The lilac is in bloom, California poppies are popping and the Rose Garden has leafed out. View more photos…

Did-You-Know

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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