Museum Exhibit

This exhibit commemorates the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the National War Garden Commission, founded when the US entered World War I in 1917. Luther Burbank was a prominent member of the committee, and the only one from west of the Mississippi.

The goal of the National War Garden Commission was to encourage Americans to plant vegetable gardens so commercially produced agriculture could be shipped overseas to US troops and allies. The effort was so successful that there was no food rationing during WWI.

The cabinet on the left contains copies of some of the many colorful posters that came out the war effort. The cabinet on the right contains prints from the 12-volume set Luther Burbank: His Methods and Discoveries and Their Practical Application, showing examples of Burbank’s introductions suitable for home gardens and home canning.

The lovely antique walnut whatnot cabinet from our LBH&G collection holds part of a display of canned fruits and vegetables, which also fills the bottom of the right cabinet. The fruits and vegetables are Burbank introductions, and the canning recipes used are based on cookbooks of 100 years ago.

In response to interest on the part of our visitors, we are continuing the exhibit entitled “What Blooms In Our Garden.” It uses changing photos taken through the seasons, and includes a site map visitors can take with them to find the featured plants in their actual settings.

Visitors also can examine an unusual oversized photograph taken in 1915 when Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone came to see Luther Burbank in Santa Rosa — a day when some of the most famous people in the early 20th Century gathered here in this small California town! We’ve expanded this display to cover the 1915 Panama Pacific Exposition, which was the occasion for Edison, Ford and Firestone to be in California.

Visitors to the Carriage House also will find related items in the Gift Shop such as 8×10″ prints of the posters and of some of Luther’s fruit introductions, garden-themed tees, and “carrot bags” of jellybeans.

The Carriage House Museum exhibits feature 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!