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Garden of Invention: Luther Burbank and the Business of Breeding Plants

Garden of Invention: Luther Burbank and the Business of Breeding Plants - 10 edition

Garden of Invention: Luther Burbank and the Business of Breeding Plants - 10 edition

ISBN13: 9780143116899

ISBN10: 0143116894

Garden of Invention: Luther Burbank and the Business of Breeding Plants by Jane S. Smith - ISBN 9780143116899
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 10
Copyright: 2010
Publisher: Penguin Books, Inc.
Published: 2010
International: No
Garden of Invention: Luther Burbank and the Business of Breeding Plants by Jane S. Smith - ISBN 9780143116899

ISBN13: 9780143116899

ISBN10: 0143116894

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 10

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Summary

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 raspberries, 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 Inventionis 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.

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