The Garden Of Invention: Luther Burbank And The Business Of Breeding Plants

Paperback | February 23, 2010

byJane S. Smith

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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.

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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 ...

Jane S. Smith writes about the intersection of nature, science, and social change. Her history of the first polio vaccine, Patenting the Sun: Polio and the Salk Vaccine, was awarded the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Science and Technology. She received her Ph.D. in English from Yale University and has taught at Northwestern Universi...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 7.96 × 5.32 × 0.76 inPublished:February 23, 2010Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0143116894

ISBN - 13:9780143116899

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