Join us for the Spring Open House and Plant Sale

Saturday & Sunday April 28-29, 10am-4pm

Please join us for our annual Spring Open House and Plant sale at the Luther Burbank Gold Ridge Experiment Farm. The plant sale will feature Burbank plants/ Shasta Daisies, rhubarb, Amarcrinum (clothed naked ladies), Blushing Beauty and Apple Blossom climbing roses, Coast Redwoods, Deodar Cedar, annual vegetables, flowers, culinary and medicinal herbs.

There will be docent tours of the remaining three acres, including the cottage with historical picture display, as well as an opportunity to hear Rachel Carson, author of Silent Spring, played by Lilith Rogers, at 2 pm Sunday afternoon.

We will have a local botanical artists/ notecard sale featuring Burbank plants, sale of souvenirs and preserves (from Farm fruit), white elephant sale and refreshments including popcorn, Farm apple juice and homemade baked goods. There will truly be something for everyone!

Saturday we are also delighted to present two special power point presentations by local author Robert Kourick in the historic cottage:

11am-12pm: Shaping, not Pruning, Fruit Trees All Summer
Have you always thought that trees can only be pruned while dormant? That water-sprouts or suckers are always bad? This slide show debunks and replaces common winter-based pruning myths with scientifically-proven guidelines. You will learn how to mostly abandon your pruning shears yet have a more bountiful harvest than ever. And, for example, how to use toothpicks and rocks to increase yields.

1:00-2:00pm: The Real Root Story
The roots that provide sustenance and support for all plants have a profound effect on every garden in the world, yet because they're out of sight, many people, even gardeners, harbor common misconceptions about them. Kourik will root out many commonly-held false notions about these essential subterranean penetrators, to reveal numerous common growing practices which are gravely in error in their use of water, fertiliser, mulch and planting techniques and to demonstrate the kindest and most productive way to treat these much-abused underground friends.

Kourick has 40 years’ experience in landscape design and maintenance and is the author of Drip Irrigation for Every Landscape and Climate, No-Dig Gardening, Understanding Roots: Discover How to Make Your Garden Flourish and ten more books about horticulture. 

You can find directions to the Farm here.

Looking forward to seeing you all there!  

Trains Come to Sebastopol’s Main Street Again!

A train ran down Main Street in Sebastopol from 1904 to 1984 when the Petaluma & Santa Rosa Railroad ended its run. Passenger service was terminated in 1932 due to the impact of the automobile. During its day it saw the boom of the Gravenstein apple, dairy and chicken farms and numerous other agricultural businesses because of the access to freight and passenger service it provided. It carried these products south to Petaluma to be transported to San Francisco by ferry. But trains are back, only they are model trains, part of the new exhibit at the West County Museum.  

Made by Richard Dornhelm in O-scale, the models exhibited are faithful replicas of cars and engines that ran on the electric P&SR Railroad that operated the ‘Train Down Main.’ Dornheim developed his fascination with electric transportation as a child growing up in New York City riding the elevated and underground railways.  Now a weekend resident of Freestone, his attention turned to the great electric transportation network that once crisscrossed California. His cars have won many prizes and have been exhibited nationwide.

The Western Sonoma County Historical Society is celebrating the centennial of the construction of The Depot that served the P&SR Railroad, and is now the Society’s headquarters as the West County Museum.  
It was designed by architect Brainerd Jones who in 1904 established his reputation with the design of the Petaluma Carnegie library.  He followed up with design credit for the Carnegie libraries in Healdsburg and Sebastopol, and over 20 of his buildings still stand in Petaluma. The Sebastopol Depot is one of only four downtown Sebastopol buildings over 60 years old that retain their original architecture.

The West County Museum, 261 S. Main Street, Sebastopol, is open Thursday to Sunday, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.

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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.