Luther Burbank Home & Gardens

Upcoming Events

 

Mother’s Day Plant Sale & Chosen Spot Expo – Sunday, May 14

George M – Preview Benefit Performance – Wednesday, June 7

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.


Mother’s Day Plant Sale & Chosen Spot Expo

Rose

Rose

Come join us for our annual Mother’s Day Plant Sale & Chosen Spot Expo, Sunday, May 14 11:00-3:00.

In addition to Spring plants, we’ll have special items in the Gift Shop to please and delight. The Home will operate as an Open House and we’ll have cookies and lemonade in the Greenhouse. The first 100 women will receive a celebratory carnation.

The Gardens should be looking spectacular – May is a peak month for us! All in all, a lovely day to bring your Mom – or for Moms to bring your families.

Price: $3, children under 12 free.


What’s in Bloom

The Gardens are waking up! We have lilac and azalea and dogwood in bloom. The trees are in bright Spring green. And the roses are just starting to bloom. 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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