Luther Burbank Home and Gardens, Santa Rosa

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Luther Burbank Home and Gardens is a city park containing the former home, greenhouse, gardens, and grave of noted American horticulturist Luther Burbank . It is located at the intersection of Santa Rosa Avenue and Sonoma Avenue in Santa Rosa, California, in the United States. The park is open daily without charge; a fee is charged for guided tours. It is designated as a National Historic Landmark as well as a California Historical Landmark .Burbank lived in Santa Rosa for more than 50 years, and performed the bulk of his life's work at this location. From 1884 to 1906 he lived in this park's Greek Revival house; he then moved across Tupper street to a house that no longer exists. After Burbank's death in 1926, his widow Elizabeth moved back to the house, where she remained until her death in 1977.The gardens include many of Burbank's horticultural introductions, with collections of cactus, fruit trees, ornamental grasses, medicinal herbs, roses, and walnuts. Most plants are labeled with botanic and common names. The garden's greenhouse was designed and built by Burbank in 1889; Burbank's grave is nearby.It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1964.
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  • Learn about the many hybrids and plants that Mr. Burbank spent his life developing and how the various fruits and vegetables we see in our supermarkets today may have a start years ago in his green ho...  more »
  • An educational experience for everyone. My biggest surprise was of how many of the common plant foods we take for granted we first grown and developed by Mr. Burbank. 
  • Make sure to book a docent tour because you will learn so much about Burbank's botanical experiments and the successes we have become accustomed to seeing in many gardens around the world.