Luther Burbank Home and Gardens
The Luther Burbank Home and Gardens is a one acre park in Santa Rosa, California that celebrates the life and work of famed horticulturalist Luther Burbank. The park consists of his home, which was built in 1875, greenhouse, gardens, and his grave. During his time in Santa Rosa, Burbank created over 800 new varieties of plants, many of which were also fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains and ornamental flowers. He was not interested in scientific discoveries or theories in terms of variation, heredity and so forth. Rather, increasing the world's supply of food was his main goal. He was also interested in wildlife and nature in general. Each year, the city holds a rose parade in his honor. The home and gardens is a National Historic Landmark and is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is also a California Historical Landmark.
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