Luther Burbank Home & Gardens, a Local Neighborhood Favorite

Jul_DahliasSpring has arrived – and what better way to celebrate than by visiting a local historical garden? Luther Burbank Home and Gardens is just one of the many exciting places to visit within walking distance of our new office building!  Luther Burbank once said of his home & gardens, “I firmly believe, from what I have seen, that this is the chosen spot on all of this earth as far as Nature is concerned.”

Luther Burbank was born in Massachusetts, but lived in Santa Rosa, California for more than fifty years. The famed horticulturist conducted endless plant-breeding experiments that made him famous, and today his home and gardens have been turned into a museum, open to the public for tours & educational visits. Tour season at Luther Burbank Home & Gardens  starts Friday April 1st, and the tours will be run Tuesday-Sunday from 10-3:30, however, gardens are open daily, year-round, from 8am-dusk.

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Fun Fact: Arbor Day is celebrated on April 29th in California in honor of Luther Burbank’s birthday. It is celebrated in mid-late April in most parts of the country. California even celebrates for a full week, March 7-14. Check out arborweek.org for more details.

Luther Burbank Home & Gardens has four specialty gardens: Wildlife Habitat Garden, Edible Landscape Garden, Medicinal Garden, and Spineless Cactus Garden.  Throughout April and May, expect to see vibrant yellow daffodils, gorgeous camellias, and their tulip tree, along with roses, poppies, cherry blossoms and more. It is the perfect setting for a weekend afternoon with the family, or an evening stroll through the garden on the way to dinner downtown.

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Luther Burbank Home and Gardens has a sister farm, Luther Burbank Experiment Farm, located in Sebastopol, California. Burbank had a 15 acre farm on Gold Ridge in Sebastopol which he purchased in 1885. There he experimented with plants and introduced over 800 varieties of fruits, flowers, vegetables, and grains. Local historians have worked to preserve the site and there is a volunteer work day every Wednesday from 9 am to noon where you can drop in to help, or just check out what they’re up to!

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Perhaps a visit to one of the famed gardens will spark a desire to start a garden of your own, or revamp an existing garden. Here at Firma Design Group we are happy to help you brainstorm, plan, and design your new garden!