The Garden of Invention

The Garden of Invention

Luther Burbank and the Business of Breeding Plants

Format
ePub
Price
$13.99
 
Additional Formats
  • ePub
  • ISBN 9781101046227
  • 368 Pages
  • Penguin Books
  • Adult

Overview

The wide-ranging and delightful history of celebrated plant breeder Luther Burbank and the business of farm and garden in early twentieth- century America

At no other time in history has there been more curiosity or concern about the food we eat-and genetically modified foods, in particular, have become both pervasive and suspect. A century ago, however, Luther Burbank’s blight-resistant potatoes, white blackberries, and plumcots-a plum-apricot hybrid-were celebrated as triumphs in the best tradition of American ingenuity and perseverance. In his experimental grounds in Santa Rosa, California, Burbank bred and cross-bred edible and ornamental plants-for both home gardens and commercial farms-until they were bigger, hardier, more beautiful, and more productive than ever before. A fascinating portrait of an American original, The Garden of Invention is also a colorful and engrossing tale of the intersection of gardening, science and business in the years between the Civil War and the Great Depression.



The Garden of Invention

The Garden of Invention

Jane S. Smith

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