The Luther Burbank Home & Gardens Collection of photographs, postcards and greeting cards draws from the archives of a unique urban garden located at the corner of Santa Rosa and Sonoma Avenues in Santa Rosa, California. The home and gardens are a registered National, State & City Historic Landmark. They are owned by the City of Santa Rosa and operated by the Luther Burbank Home & Gardens Association. The site includes the Burbank home, greenhouse and gardens, which are open every day, free of charge, from 8am to dusk. For more information about the park and the Association, please visit the Association's website at http://www.lutherburbank.org/
Burbank’s plant developments garnered international attention and drew visitors from around the world. Notable visitors included Helen Keller, Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Ella Wheeler Wilcox, Jack London, John Burroughs, Helen Hull Jacobs, Kanaye Nagasawa, Edwin Markham, Edgar Lucien Larkin, Sir Harry Lauder, Madame Francesca Zarad, Hugo DeVries, George Shull, David Starr Jordan, Judge Ben Lindsey, Paul Percy Harris, I.J. Paderewski, Nabumi Hasegawa, Dorothy Talbot, and Swami Paramahansa Yogananda.
Subjects of local interest include Mayor Overton, Senator Slater, Fred Pederson, Dorothy Seawell, Dr. Joseph Shaw, Emma Burbank Beeson, and Elizabeth Waters Burbank. A few dozen images from 1919 focus on Charles Hampton and members of the Agricultural Club of Santa Rosa High School demonstrating equipment and showcasing livestock.
The bulk of the images originate from the estate of Luther Burbank’s widow, Elizabeth Waters Burbank. Others were purchased. Large numbers of donated items came from Eric Grissell’s collection of historic postcards, Dr. and Mrs. E.S. Ashuckian from the estate of M.K. Serailian, Georgina Stewart, J.B. Keil, Kay and Bob Voliva, Sherman Boivin, Western Sonoma County Historical Society, and Wendy Aikin from the estate of Frank Vail.
View this collection on the contributor's website.