The Greenhouse Again

The wooden building shown here doesn't exist anymore. On the Present Tour of the Gardens, you can see a newer brick building behind the Greenhouse. This photo also shows more of Luther Burbank's raised beds. Can you figure out what's planted in these beds?


Even though Luther Burbank thought that Santa Rosa was "the chosen place, as far as Nature was concerned," he still needed a safe place to grow plants through frosts and rain. In his day, a greenhouse was a small building that had glass panels as its roof. These glass panels let the sunlight in, but protected the plants from damaging weather. The air inside a greenhouse can also be kept warmer than the air outside, so the growing season can go straight through fall and winter.

1906 Earthquake

Luther Burbank's Greenhouse was very well-built. When other Santa Rosa buildings made of brick, wood, and stone were destroyed during this terrible earthquake, the Greenhouse survived!

Inside The Greenhouse

This photo shows how the Greenhouse looked in Mr. Burbank's lifetime. It was used to grow thousands of plant seedlings. When the seedlings were big enough to be moved, they might be taken to the Sebastopol Farm or even planted in the beds right outside the Greenhouse door.

In this photo, Mr. Burbank is standing by some seedlings. The raised wooden trellises were used to provide shade for the baby plants. In the summer, it could (and still can) get very hot inside the Greenhouse! Many of the drawers shown here contained seedlings and plant seeds.

Mr. Burbank Hard at Work

This is a close-up of Luther Burbank examining some young plants in 1922.

Looking at the Harvest

In this photo, Mr. Burbank is working with a student. Looking at the harvest piled on the counters, can you tell what season this photo was taken in? Those are piles and piles of ears of corn on the left counter.

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