Luther Burbank Home & Gardens

Upcoming Events

We have been nominated for Best Historical Site in the Press Democrat’s Best of Sonoma County Reader’s Choice contest. Voting is open now and runs through July 29th. We would love to have your vote!


The Gardens are open every day, free of charge, from 8am to dusk.

Sunday, July 22nd – An Afternoon with… Rachel Spaeth, Garden Curator. More details here. Reserve your space today!

Sunday, August 26th – An Afternoon with… Amber R. Turner, Botanical Artist. More details here. Reserve your space today!

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.

Sponsor a Garden Bed

Rose Arbor with 'Fourth of July' Rose

Rose Arbor with ‘Fourth of July’ Rose

Imagine seeing your company or family’s name on the Rose Garden, Children’s Garden, Edible Garden, Plum Orchard or Iris Bed at the Luther Burbank Home & Gardens. For the first time, the Board of LBH&G is offering local businesses, families and individuals the chance to sponsor one of the site’s legendary gardens, including 17 themed areas, 15 perennial and six seasonal demonstration beds. Sponsorship costs range between $250.00 and $1,000.00, depending on the site selected, and include signage featuring the sponsor’s logo or name. Additional sponsor benefits include acknowledgement on the LBH&G’s website and newsletter, a free tour of the Luther Burbank Home & Gardens, and a 2018 discount at the Carriage House Gift Shop.

Sponsor funding will be used to purchase new garden tools, plants and irrigation supplies for the gardens. A team of volunteer gardeners, led by Garden Curator Rachel Spaeth, will plant and maintain your chosen garden. You, your employees and/or family members will be welcome to learn more about your garden and participate in its maintenance. Typical maintenance tasks include weeding, deadheading, pruning and fertilizing.

View more information here.

What’s in Bloom

The Gardens are well into their Summer colors: roses and Shasta daisies (of course), alstromeria and poppies, cannas and gladiola and the first of the dahlias. 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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