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Luther Burbank's Ever Popular Shasta Daisies

posted Jan 11, 2012, 8:35 AM by Western Sonoma County Historical Society   [ updated May 4, 2012, 2:10 PM ]

The Shasta Daisy: One of the World's Favorite Flowers

The Shasta Daisy, one of the world's favorite flowers, was developed by Luther Burbank more than 100 years ago here at his Experiment Farm, located adjacent to the Burbank Heights Senior Housing project at 7781 Bodega Ave., Sebastopol.

The staff of Martha Stewart Living magazine visited the Farm in Sebastopol and Burbank Gardens in Santa Rosa in June 2003 filming the daisies at the peak of their bloom and learning about Burbank and his flower creation. The Shasta Daisy was the culmination of his work to develop a daisy which was pure white, like the snow on Mt. Shasta.

The Luther Burbank Experiment Farm is a Registered National Historic Place open to the public for walking tours every day. Maps of the tour are available here, at his Farm cottage.

Viewed from the winding paths many examples of his work can be seen across the three acres that remain. Peak bloom season to see the display of Shasta Daisies is June through August.

Burbank Shasta Daisy Named Sebastopol's City Flower, Gravenstein Apple named the City Tree during 2001 Shasta Daisy Centennial.

Weekly Plant Sales

These are some examples of a collection that changes from time to time. Not all are available all the time. Many can be had at weekly plant sales. Sorry, no mail order is possible.