Summer Lecture Series at Luther Burbank Home & Gardens

Garden and history enthusiasts are invited to attend our 4th season of informative lectures held in our Carriage House. Reservations are necessary due to limited seating. Cost per lecture is $10.00 paid at the door. To reserve, call the Office at 707-524-5445, send email, or reserve online.

You may attend our lectures FREE if you are a member of Friends of Luther Burbank. See Friends on our website to learn about all the benefits of becoming a member and how to join, or sign up at one of our lectures!

2011 Summer Lecture Series
Six Tuesday Evenings – 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

1.         May 10 – Church of One Tree

Bill Montgomery is a retired landscape architect, prominent local historian, and cemetery coordinator/tour guide at the Rural Cemetery. He will give a tour of the famous Church of One Tree in Santa Rosa and will lecture on its history and recent renovation. It was built in 1874 with lumber milled from one old growth 300 ft Redwood growing in Stumptown (now Guerneville). It has been restored for use as a community space for events. Meet at the Carriage House before walking the half-block to the church.

2.         June 14 – The Pleasure of Garlic

Chester Aaron is a Professor Emeritus from St. Mary’s College, prolific author, and farmer. He has become known worldwide for the ninety varieties of exotic garlic he grows on his farm in Sonoma County. He will talk about the origins, uses, and how to grow varieties of garlic. Come for a taste!

3.         July 12 – Garden Insects—The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Rachel Spaeth, Botany major at SSU, experienced gardener and garden maintenance aid is buggy over bugs! She will give a colorful talk with demonstrations about the importance of certain creatures in our gardens.

4.         August 9 – Flower Arranging Made Easy

Do you love to decorate with flowers? Mary Basham is an experienced florist and Burbank volunteer responsible for many of the floral displays at Burbank events. She will demonstrate how flower arranging can be simple and beautiful by using materials found in your home and garden. Learn the mechanics behind flower arranging and how to prepare flowers to make your arrangements last longer.

5.         September 13 – Questions and Answers About Gardening Problems

Bring your garden questions to Wayne Wong, an experienced gardener and Burbank volunteer for over 18 years. He will lead a forum style discussion and share his expertise on how to solve your garden problems. Topics will include proper soil preparation, pruning techniques, plant diseases, and more. (If you are bringing plant or soil samples, please have them in a sealed zip-lock bag).

6.         October 11 – Container Gardening with Bulbs

By popular demand, Susan Hatch, Manager of King’s Nursery and lead designer of their beautiful plant-filled containers and baskets, returns to our lecture series. She will teach you how to combine a variety of bulbs to create one-of-a-kind arrangements, and share tricks of the trade to ensure container gardening success.


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