Good News! Luther Burbank Home & Gardens Association was recently formed and is now able to directly leverage financial resources for the site, its historic buildings and its invaluable archival collection.
Due to the City of Santa Rosa’s deep budget cuts, the level of their support provided to LBH&G in the past has been sharply reduced. Therefore, the need to become increasingly more self-sufficient has led the LBHGA Board of Directors and its Volunteer Association to take action! This unique Burbank site can continue to be enjoyed by the public only as a result of the revenue generated by special events, tours and programs, and the generosity of like-minded individuals in the community through their donations.
Donations help to preserve Burbank’s home and gardens and make it possible to continue important educational programs that benefit children, historians, students of horticulture, gardeners, the local community, and visitors from around the world. Through the generosity of the public, this rare site can remain one of the most visited tourist attraction in Sonoma County, bringing much-needed revenue to our community. Donations come from individuals and businesses who have a special interest or who wish to make a gift in the memory of a loved one.
To make a donation, or for further information:
Call: 707-524-5445 or
100 Santa Rosa Ave., Room 10, Santa Rosa, CA 95404
To view a “Contributors’ Catalog” or join “Friends”:
Nonprofit Federal Tax ID 263008405
For over thirty years, dedicated volunteers have operated this Registered National, State, and City Historic Landmark and have made it one of the most important tourist attractions in Sonoma County. Their mission is to honor Burbank by working to preserve his beautiful gardens and historic home, and share the living legacy of his life, ideals and contributions to the field of horticulture.
History of Luther Burbank
Luther Burbank was a famous horticulturist at the turn of the twentieth century, widely considered one of the world’s greatest innovators of plant breeding. At this historic site where he lived in Santa Rosa and at his Experiment Farm in nearby Sebastopol, Burbank worked for fifty years hybridizing and improving plant life. One of Burbank’s goals was to increase the world’s food supply by manipulating the characteristics of plants. As a result, Burbank’s contribution to the productivity of America’s farms, orchards, and gardens was incalculable. During his career, Burbank introduced more than 800 new varieties of plants – including over 200 varieties of fruits, many vegetables, nuts and grains, and hundreds of ornamental flowers. His life and work was of profound importance to Sonoma County and the world.
What Happens at LBH&G
Tour Season April through October: Docent tours are available Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 pm. During the Tour Season, the Carriage House Museum & Gift Shop is open; an unusual array of quality gift items may be purchased, many produced exclusively for LBH&G. The museum features a variety of subjects, all with an underlying theme: Yesterday and Today at Luther Burbank Home & Gardens, where important things have been happening for more than a century!
Year-round: LBH&G holds special events and a summer lecture series. Group Tours and Children’s Tours can be arranged by appointment. We are proud to make available to teachers nationwide our exclusive 3rd grade curriculum. Our Speakers Bureau can be contacted by organizations who would like to have one of our volunteers give a talk on Burbank history or gardening subjects. The gardens are also available by reservation any time of year for intimate outdoor weddings and ceremonies. Between 8:00 a.m. and dusk, the gardens are open to the public for free self-guided and educational cell phone tours.
Fees or suggested donations apply to all our guided tours, events, and programs.