Luther Burbank Home and Gardens is a city park that contains the former home, gardens, greenhouse, and cemetery of horticulture Luther Burbank (1849-1926). It is located at the intersection of Sonoma Avenue and Santa Rosa Avenue in Santa Rosa, California. The park is open every day and is the #234 California Historical Landmark, as well as a National Historic Landmark.
The garden has a collection of fruit trees, cacti, roses, medicinal herbs, walnuts, and attractive grasses. The majority of plants feature their botanic and colloquial names. Burbank developed and constructed the greenhouse in the garden in 1889; his burial is adjacent, beneath a Cedar of Lebanon.
Luther Burbank is a resident of Santa Rosa for over 50 years, where he completed the majority of his life’s work. Burbank lived in the Greek Revival mansion of the park from 1884 to 1906 before moving across Tupper Street to a residence that is already non-existing. His wife, Elizabeth Burbank returned to the residence after Burbank’s death in 1926, where she remained until her death in 1977.
A native of Massachusetts, Luther Burbank was a nationally recognized figure who created numerous new varieties of plants. He is credited for introducing more than 250 new fruit types, including a considerable number of commonly cultivated plum cultivars. In 1964, a part of the property was designated as a National Historic Landmark. The site appears on the official list of Santa Rosa historic landmarks and the Sonoma County Historical Society’s list of historic sites.
The exhibitions of the Carriage House Museum cover a variety of topics, all with a common theme: Yesterday and Today at Luther Burbank Home & Gardens, where significant events have occurred for more than a century.
- Home and Garden Tours
- Group Tours
- Children’s Tours
Hours: Daily 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
The Burbank Home & Gardens has no parking area. Visitors can park along Santa Rosa Ave for 4 hours free, which is near the Memorial Garden and the Santa Rosa Gare. Parking at Sonoma Ave is metered.
There is a gift shop inside the gardens that sells a variety of items, such as books and booklets, apparel and clothes, jewelry, plants, posters, prints & cards, T-shirts, and more.
Luther Burbank Home & Gardens
204 Santa Rosa Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95404, United States
Head north on Santa Rosa Ave toward Sonoma Ave
Turn right onto Sonoma Ave
Turn left onto Farmers Ln
Turn right onto CA-12 E/4th St
Continue to follow CA-12 E
Turn left onto Acacia Ln, then turn right
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