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“Pleasant Little Timeout”

Luther Burbank Home and Gardens
Ranked #11 of 90 things to do in Santa Rosa
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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621 reviews
157 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 157 helpful votes
“Pleasant Little Timeout”
Reviewed 24 October 2013

We were just passing through and saw the signs for this. We stopped in and found a very pleasing garden setting. The ladies in the gift shop were very helpful and informative.

Visited October 2013
Thank lannyr
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Half Moon Bay, California
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Are there two properties?”
Reviewed 23 October 2013

I was at the walking self guide garden. Interesting plants, but such a mess, made me feel like I needed to get to work. People there did not want to be bothered, unfriendly and repeat- "self guided". So Sorry!

Visited September 2013
Thank gunarCa
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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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195 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“A gardener's garden”
Reviewed 21 October 2013

Timing only allowed a visit to the gardens and gift shop but that was a satisfying trip. Pleasant diversity of plants, not as well manicured as a commercial garden but tended with love mostly by volunteers. Interpretive information for all ages. Helpful volunteers ready to take you on a tour if you like. Audio tour for a donation. When we were there a rare puya was blooming and everyone, including us was excited to see this crazy teal blue waxy stalk of a flower with orange center. That was worth the visit. Lovely paths to view the collection of gardens and trees. Some well-tended; some a bit wild. Small gift shop with something in every price range.

Visited August 2013
1 Thank MnM1112
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San Diego, CA
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125 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“A wonderful break from wine tasting”
Reviewed 14 October 2013

If your trip to Sonoma County involved a bit of wine tasting, this is a welcome respite. The home itself was lovely and the volunteer who toured us through it was knowledgeable and informative. You cannot enter those premises without a tour guide; the tours leave frequently and we were the only ones on ours. He also explained all the various species of plants and the fascinating history behind Luther Burbank's creations and plant "inventions." We could have used our cell phones, but this seemed much more in line with the gentle nature of the place. We purchased an excellent picnic lunch at a nearby deli and enjoyed the quiet at a picnic table on the grounds. It was lovely. Not stupendous. Just relaxingly quiet.

Visited August 2013
2 Thank GeorgiBG
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Sacramento, California
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70 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Best Identified Plantings and History”
Reviewed 8 October 2013

The home is closed on Monday when we visited, but the gardens is so well annotated that it makes it easy to learn new things about the many plants there. Burbank apparently spent most of his life here and many of the results of his work are on display. There is a free audio tour for cell phones--you must listen to some ads--and the plant displays sometimes posed interesting questions about Burbank.

A very elegant and peaceful place to learn about nature.

Visited October 2013
1 Thank BelloSouth
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