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.
Take a docent-led 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.
Starts for your garden, in the nursery: Several varieties of Shasta Daisies, ‘Seascape’ Strawberry, Burbank Grape, ‘Surprise’ yellow Daylily, Japanese Anenome, Chilean Guave, Chinese Quince Tree and many more. Many mature Boutique succulents in original decorative pots, plus starts of unusual varieties to make your own dish gardens.
Kids love to make their own rope with the antique rope machine that they turn by hand, and feed apples into the apple press, then drink the fresh cider.
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 made from the fruits of the Farm, plus boutique aprons, books and gifts.
Rachel Carson (1907-1964) will reappear in the person of Lilith Rogers, an environmental activist and writer. Rogers tells the story of the triumphs and tragedies of the author of Silent Spring, the book that started the environmental movement, using Carson’s own words. Performance will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday.
Refreshments, including popcorn, lemonade, and homemade baked goods.
Rummage Sale. Farm volunteers lighten up on their possessions.