2011 Tour Season – April 1 through October 31

Luther Burbank Home & Gardens is a Registered, National, State, and City Historic Landmark.  It was once the home of world-renowned horticulturist, Luther Burbank, where he lived and worked for fifty years.  His famous plant breeding accomplishments earned him the name “plant wizard.”  Each year thousands of local children, horticultural students, gardeners, historians, and visitors from around the world come to see these beautiful gardens and capture a glimpse of old Santa Rosa at the turn of the twentieth century.

The 2011 Tour Season – Drop-in for a docent-led tour Tuesday through Sunday between April and October.  Tours are every half hour from 10:00 a.m.; the last tour is 3:30 p.m.  Tours include a guided walk through a portion of the gardens, an overview of Burbank’s best-known plant developments, a brief description of Burbank’s life, a walk through the historic home with its original furnishings and memorabilia, and a look inside his famous greenhouse. The Carriage House Museum & Gift Shop is open during the Tour Season from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

In the Museum – The new exhibit tells a story about the burden of celebrity Burbank endured during the early 1900s.  The constant stream of visitors to his Santa Rosa home and gardens and Sebastopol experimental farm were delaying his plant experiments and his business was suffering.  You’ll learn about the rise and fall of the Luther Burbank Company, set up with great fanfare by outside promoters in 1912 to market Burbank’s work for him.  View a clever replica of the original seed box; and examples of the colorful old-fashioned seed packets, materials, and logos.  They were used by Luther Burbank Company representatives who traveled the country promoting LB Co. and selling his seeds.  Learn why The Luther Burbank Company lasted only four years, until Burbank once again took control of his catalogs, his marketing, and his work.

In the Gift Shop – You’ll find an unusual array of quality gift items, many produced exclusively for LBH&G.  New items this year include a baseball cap with Burbank logo and a locally designed new T-Shirt with colorful Shirley Poppies on the front.  A variety of plants propagated from the gardens may also be purchased in the Gift Shop or from plant carts on the grounds.

Year-round – Call for an appointment for Group Tours and Children’s Tours, and the Gardens are available for intimate outdoor Weddings and Ceremonies.  For more information about reservations and fees, call 707-524-5445. The grounds are open daily from 8am-dusk for free Self-Guided Tours and Cell Phone Audio Tours.  This site is wheel chair accessible.

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