Luther Burbank Home & Gardens

Upcoming Events

Saturday & Sunday, December 3rd & 4thHoliday Open House, 10am-4pm

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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

Holiday Open House

Holiday Open House wreath logoSaturday & Sunday, Dec. 3 & 4, 2016
Rain or Shine! 

37th Annual Holiday Open House
Saturday and Sunday, December 3 and 4
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Entry: 12 and older, $3.00

Santa Rosa & Sonoma Avenues, Downtown Santa Rosa
Contact: 707-524-5445, BurbankHome@LutherBurbank.org

The public is invited to this popular annual community event! Enjoy a 37-year community tradition and begin the season’s celebrations by visiting the historic Home and Gardens of Luther Burbank. Experience a charming reminder of bygone days when you tour the home decked out in old-fashioned holiday finery inside and out.

See the latest exhibit and shop for unique Burbank-related items in the Carriage House Museum & Gift Shop.

FREE PARKING is available at First & “D” Streets, and enjoy FREE RIDES on “Rosie the Trolley” to and from the Handmade Holiday Crafts Fair held at the Finley Community Center.

Starting the Tuesday after Holiday Open House and running Monday-Saturday 11am-5pm until December 23rd, the Gift Shop is open by request. Call ahead (524-5445) to confirm that someone is available to open up.


Star Flowers

What’s in Bloom

Autumn is sliding into the Gardens. Which just means different colors! 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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