Luther Burbank Gardens, Santa Rosa
||Wine Country/Santa Rosa, CA|
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Luther Burbank Gardens is a small, peaceful garden with just about every plant you could want in a garden! There's a redwood tree, a fountain with a sheet of water coming down, and lovely garden plots. A rose garden with white arches makes for a beautiful spot to sit on a sunny day. There's a herb garden with some delicious scents. An edible plant garden has some of the funniest plants you'll ever see: rainbow corn and a dark pink flower that looks like dreadlocks. There's potatoes, and an explanation about how Burbank developed the potato that is the predecessor to Russet potatoes. There's a massive cactus with blooms, and there's Burbank's gorgeous house and white carriage house with the tiny attached seedhouse where he sold seeds. It's child-sized and fun for kids to look at. An exhibit about Burbank's life is interesting to read. This is a small garden and doesn't take long to see, and it's open all day just like a city park- you just walk on in whenever you want to.
Across the street, see the house made from one Redwood tree in the lush, city park, Julliard Park.
For one of the best playgrounds you'll ever visit, head along Sonoma Avenue east to Howarth Memorial Park, where they have a space net, farm animal sculptures, wild west town, pony rides, train rides, and a splash pad.
If you're hungry, head over to 4th Street and Downtown Santa Rosa, where you'll find cute sidewalk cafes and coffee shops, and a large mall on the far west end.
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On the corner of Santa Rosa and Sonoma Avenues. Park along one of the side streets. You enter on Santa Rosa Avenue.
From Highway 101 southbound, take the Downtown exit and head toward downtown Santa Rosa. Turn left on 3rd Street and then right on Santa Rosa Avenue.
Open from 8am-7pm April to October, and from 8am-5pm the rest of the year. Free.
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