Open House at Luther Burbank's Experiment Farm
Luther Burbank performed most of the experiments which resulted in the creation of more than 800 new varieties of trees, shrubs and flowers at Gold Ridge Farm in Sebastopol. Three acres of the original 18 are maintained by the volunteers from the Western Sonoma County Historical Society, and are open to the public, free of charge.
In the nursery, you'll find a wide variety of herbs that can be used for culinary and medicinal purposes. Starts for your garden including five varieties of tomatoes, Jalapeno peppers, Hollyhock, Delphinium, and succulents as well as the regular favorites.
Visitors can join a docent tour and learn why Luther Burbank was one of the most famous men of his day, along with Edison and Henry Ford, as they stroll around the paths. Burbank’s historic cottage will be open where you can see the photographic exhibit of the history of the farm and buy strawberry rhubarb jam, plus boutique aprons, books and gifts. Rachel Carson (1907-1964) will reappear in the person of Lilith Rogers, an environmental activist and writer. (Performance will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday.)
Presentations by Robert Kourick will take place both days. "Shaping, not Pruning, Fruit Trees All Summer" on Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m. "The Real Roots Story" on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Refreshments include popcorn, lemonade, and homemade baked goods.