Sunday, August 10, 2008

Luther Burbank Office

Luther Burbank, (1849 - 1926) was an American botanist, horticulturist, and a pioneer in agricultural science. Thus, many local gardeners in the Santa Rosa, California community in which he practiced his science would visit to ask plant advice.
It was in this office, originally built in either 1903 or 1906 (depending on which Greenfield Village information you believe), that Burbank developed many of the over 800 strains and varieties of plants creations, including the fruits and vegetables department. His most success came with the Elberta peach, the Santa Rosa plum, the Flaming Gold nectarine, the Burbank potato, the Fire poppy, and the Shasta daisy - this with only an elementary education.Henry Ford and Thomas Edison frequently visited Luther Burbank in this tiny office, which was originally situated on one corner of his 40-acre experimental gardens in Santa Rosa.
It was brought to the Village in 1928.



frenchjr25 said...

The history the have for this office is a bit off since Burbank's home and gardens still survive and are a park in Santa Rosa.

Historical Ken said...

His home later in life may still be there, but his birthplace has been relocated to Greenfield Village, as has his original office as shown in the photograph.