Luther Burbank Home & Gardens

Luther Burbank’s Birthday Un-Party

Luther Burbank would be 167 years old this year! Rather than throw him a party, we’re throwing him an un-party! UPDATE: March 8th. Thanks to your generosity, we’ve raised over $1000!  

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...

Multi-Grafted Apple Tree

Luther Burbank was an avid grafter. He grafted everything from fruit and nut trees to tomatoes and potatoes. One of the advantages to grafting is to reduce the time until a tree fruits by 2-7 years!!! In most cases, new grafts will fruit in less than two seasons, and in some exceptional cases, fruit will bear on the same season that the graft was made. His most popular contribution to grafting was the 20,000 prune trees where he used the technique of “June Budding” to deliver a seemingly impossible order to a local businessman (Mr. Dutton) within one season, earning...

Stark Bros Burbank Gardens sign

Burbank’s Will & Plant Legacy

A writer is working on a book about Stark Bro’s Nurseries for its 200th anniversary. She seemed to be of the impression that Burbank “willed” his plant creations to Stark. In fact, Burbank’s will left everything to his wife and named her executrix. There was no mention of property or plants at all. We have no documentation that indicates that Burbank chose Stark to carry on his legacy. Some published material has quoted Mrs. Burbank as stating that her husband designated no successor. Initially, U.C. Berkeley and Stanford were interested in acquiring the Burbank property (Sebastopol at a minimum) to...