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“Flowers in the Center City”

Luther Burbank Home and Gardens
Ranked #9 of 102 things to do in Santa Rosa
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Owner description: Anyone interested in plants will enjoy this site commemorating the work of famed horticulturist Luther Burbank, who introduced over 800 new plant varieties, including the Idaho Potato. The site includes an acre of gardens with many of the naturalist's creations, a beautiful greenhouse he built in 1889, and his Greek Revival home.
Reviewed 21 September 2017 via mobile

This municipal park is a fascinating place to visit, not only for flower lovers, but for anyone wanting to know about how many of our flowers, fruits and vegetables came to be. Luther Burbank was prolific in developing new varieties of flowers, trees and vegetables we enjoy today including the famous "Idaho" baking potato, Shasta daisy, plums, berries, walnut trees and others. As described the garden in a city park and the city now owns the buildings on the property. As it is fall most of the gardens except the roses and some other late blooming flowers are past their peak. What I found very interesting was Burbank sold a particular raspberry to the man who founded the village which is my hometown. A very pleasant way to spend an hour or two.

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Reviewed 8 September 2017 via mobile

We have lived here for over 10 years and had no idea that this little treasure garden existed - with such history to boot!

Did not know that Santa Rosa hosted such a mega horticulturist like Burbank! From the tours they give you learn that the likes of: Ford, JP Morgan, Helen Keller, and other dignitaries as far away as Japan came to a witness the amazing and exotic plant and tree combinations he concocted!

Pretty cool to know.

Thank Helen M
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Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

Even as a local, I rerun here often to stroll and witness the change of seasons. We had so much rain this year, the blooms more then double in size and quantity. The docents are amazing and history of Lurther Burbank wide and deep! Great for photo moments, quiet time, families and elders.
A rich weave for all!

Thank Lizbeth H
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Reviewed 27 August 2017

I've always admired Luther Burbank, so I was happy to find that a visit to the gardens of his home did not require advanced planning. The house (not his larger, later home) required a tour and since it was not his most significant home, we did not take the time to go through it. Had we had more time we would've taken that tour.
There is an audio tour that you can do with your cell phone for the gardens. It was good. There are lots of pictures and explanations of his life, work, and the plants in that small garden. I think it would also be a great place to take kids. Seeing a picture of white blackberries or the spineless Prickly Pear cactus would help kids understand the significance of his work.

Thank BruceBeach12
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Reviewed 14 August 2017

Came to Santa Rosa as a base for wine tasting but had decided in advance to spend time absorbing local history/sights. SO glad we stopped here --had always known the name "Burbank" but had no idea of is contribution to our food supply. The gardens and their information tags were interesting (though it's fair to say this wonderful landmark site needs more volunteers) and the tour with Tim, the docent, was fun and interesting.

If you have an hour to spare, this is well worth the stop. Fun surprises included finding kiwi fruit in the vines over an arbor and the apple tree with over 20 different apples grafted on to it!

Thank Kristen L
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