April 26 & 27, Saturday & Sunday, 10 am – 4 pm. Free.

Luther Burbank Experiment Farm to hold open house

Celebrate Spring by enjoying a free docent-led tour. Buy additions for your garden including Burbank originals while munching on freshly made apple fritters.

Watch Rachael Carson reminisce about the trials and triumphs of her career as mother of the environmental movement. Ask Master Gardeners for advice. Find out about making your own worm bin, learn how to graft trees and how Luther Burbank improved and introduced over 800 new varieties of trees, shrubs, flowers and grains. Kids will learn the botanical techniques of plant breeding, enjoy watching bees in a sealed hive and take away a piece of rope they spun themselves on an antique gadget.

For Sale: Heritage Jam made from the fruit of the Farm is available in our gift shop. Plants for sale include Burbank’s Kniphofia ‘Tower of Gold’, ‘Burbank’ Rose, Penstemon ‘Firebird’, Shasta Daisy ‘Becky’, Amarcrinum lily, Pillar rose ‘Apple Blossom’.

Where: Gold Ridge Farm is located above Burbank Heights and Orchards, just west of downtown Sebastopol. Turn into the Burbank Heights and Orchards senior housing complex at 7777 Bodega Ave. and you’ll find the Farm at the top of the hill. There is now on-site parking as well as Visitor parking at the Heights.

Saturday, April 26 Saturday, April 26
Sunday, April 27
Sunday, April 27

10 am - 1 pm
1 pm - 4 pm
10 am - 1 pm
1 pm - 4 pm
Master Gardeners Ongoing Ongoing Ongoing Ongoing
Apple Fritters 10 am - 1 pm
10 am - 1 pm

Rope Making Ongoing Ongoing Ongoing Ongoing
Plant Breeding Demo Noon 2 pm
Noon 2 pm
Bee Exhibit Ongoing Ongoing Ongoing Ongoing
Worm Bin Demo 11 am Alex
11 am Alex
Rachael Carson

1:00 PM
Grafting Demo 10 am, John Foley

Art Exhibit Ongoing Ongoing Ongoing Ongoing

New exhibit opens at West County Museum

Photographer captures local history

West County Museum presents Through the Lens of William S. Borba. This exhibit tells the story of native Californian and long-time Sebastopol resident William S. “Bill” Borba (1886-1971) and his passion for photography and local history.

Borba’s parents immigrated to America from the Portuguese Azores Islands in 1873, subsequently settling in Sebastopol in 1892 with their ten children, all of whom became local businesspeople. In 1908 at age 24, Bill opened his first Stationery store, selling Victrolas, cameras and photography supplies, school and athletic supplies.

Borba pursued his love of photography and local history by photographing Sonoma County events and everyday life. In the 1910s he documented the first Gravenstein Apple Shows using glass negatives. He captured iconic Sebastopol images of the 1917 Sebastopol Carnegie Library, local soldiers off to France in 1918 and the 1923 Chamber of Commerce building. In the mid-1920s he produced photos for the Analy Union High School yearbook Azalea. Shown in this exhibit are 54 of Borba’s extraordinary photographs spanning 1900 to mid-1930s.

Borba’s enduring interest in history is told in photos as a founding member of the Sonoma County Historical Society in 1963, a life-long member of Native Sons of the Golden West, the 1930s first reconstruction of Fort Ross and many others.

Through the Lens of William S. Borba runs April to August 10, 2014.

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History of Sebastopol

From the first known inhabitants, the Miwok and Pomo Indians to today, Sebastopol's history is rich in cultural, and often high-spirited discourse. Read about the History of Sebastopol.

A Pomo woman, Cecilia Joaquin, using a seed beater to gather seeds into a burden basket.

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