Public Tour Season – April through October
Tours include the Home with its original furnishings, the Greenhouse, a portion of the Gardens, and a summary of Burbank’s life and achievements. The Burbank Home, the Greenhouse, and the Carriage House Museum and Gift Shop are open Tuesday – Sunday, 10 – 4. Drop-in guided tours are offered Tuesday – Sunday from 10 – 3:30. Adults $7; children under 12 are free with an adult. Group Tours and Children’s Tours are available with advance reservations.
More than an acre of gardens include many of Luther Burbank’s horticultural contributions. Special garden areas focus on medicinal herbs, cutting flowers, roses, wildlife habitats, and ornamental grasses. Many unusual varieties of plants and new horticultural introductions are represented. Most plants are labeled with both botanic and common names. Follow the story of Burbank’s career with our self-guided tour. The Gardens are open to the public every day from 8 to dusk.
Garden Audio Tours
If you visit the Gardens outside of Drop-In Tour hours, you can enjoy a leisurely FREE tour of the Gardens using your cell phone. There are 28 stops where you can learn historical facts and view plants Mr. Burbank introduced including the Spineless Cactus, Paradox Walnut, Plumcot and many others. The free tour is available during the Tour Season Monday 8am-7pm and Tuesday-Sunday before 10am and after 4pm. From November through March the audio tour is available every day from 8am-5pm. This free cell phone tour is sponsored by Dierk’s Parkside Cafe.
Give it a listen! – Audio Tour Samples:
Luther Burbank lived in this modified Greek Revival house with his mother from 1884 to 1906. (He had a larger home built across the street in 1906; it was removed in the late 1960s.) After Burbank’s death in 1926, his widow Elizabeth renovated this charming old cottage where she lived until her death in 1977. She made several additions and improvements to the structure, and its present appearance and furnishings reflect her warmth and good taste.
Designed and built by Luther Burbank in 1889, this building includes a replica of his office containing many of his tools.
Carriage House Museum & Gift Shop
Originally a place to store carriages and horse tack, the Carriage House was renovated in 1986 as a museum. Changing exhibits relate to the ongoing impact of Burbank’s life and work. A replica of the original cupola atop the building was added in 1989. The Gift Shop features an unusual array of items, most designed exclusively for LBH&G. From April through October, the Carriage House Museum and Gift Shop is open Tuesday – Sunday, 10 – 4.