Oral History of Imwalle Gardens

The history of Imwalle Gardens in Santa Rosa, California speaks to the creativity of farming, as well as the threat to farmlands with the expansion of city boundaries and infrastructure. PDF:  imwalle-farms-oral-history

Joan Moulin and Diane Trembley, who give us this oral history, are sisters in the Imwalle family; their grandfather established Imwalle Gardens around 1890. This family farm still remains standing and active close to the center of Santa Rosa—it is testament to the enduring importance of agriculture to Sonoma County. Joseph J. Imwalle worked with Luther Burbank on many projects; they were good friends. It was Imwalle who developed the Pink Lotus, and the Tuberous Rooted Begonias.