Luther Burbank Home and Gardens

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Luther Burbank House and Garden
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Luther Burbank Home and Gardens
Luther Burbank Home and Gardens is located in California
Luther Burbank Home and Gardens
Luther Burbank Home and Gardens is located in the United States
Luther Burbank Home and Gardens
Location200 Santa Rosa Ave.,
Santa Rosa, California
Coordinates38°26′10″N 122°42′42″W / 38.43611°N 122.71167°W / 38.43611; -122.71167Coordinates: 38°26′10″N 122°42′42″W / 38.43611°N 122.71167°W / 38.43611; -122.71167
Area0.5 acres (0.20 ha) (landmarked area)
Architectural styleGreek Revival
NRHP reference No.66000241
CHISL No.234
Significant dates
Added to NRHPOctober 15, 1966[2]
Designated NHLJune 19, 1964[3]
Designated CHISL1935[1]

Luther Burbank Home and Gardens is a city park containing the former home, greenhouse, gardens, and grave of noted American horticulturist Luther Burbank (1849-1926). 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 (#234).


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.[4] After Burbank's death in 1926, his widow Elizabeth moved back to the house, where she remained until her death in 1977.[5]

Burbank, a native of Massachusetts, was a nationally known figure who was responsible for creating many new varieties of plants. He is credited with introducing more than 250 new varieties of fruit, including a large number of plum varieties that are widely used in agriculture. A portion of the property was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1964.[3][5] The site is included n the official Santa Rosa historic landmarks and the Sonoma County Historical Society list of landmarks.


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, underneath a Cedar of Lebanon.

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  1. ^ "Luther Burbank Home and Gardens". Office of Historic Preservation, California State Parks. Retrieved 2012-10-15.
  2. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. April 15, 2008.
  3. ^ a b "Luther Burbank House and Garden". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Archived from the original on 2007-11-14. Retrieved 2008-06-25.
  4. ^ Jeff Elliott. "Burbank's Lost House". Retrieved 2011-09-06.
  5. ^ a b Cecil McKithan (1977-10-17) National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Luther Burbank House and Garden, National Park Service and Accompanying six photos, undated and from 1977

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