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The Garden of Invention

Luther Burbank and the Business of Breeding Plants

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The Garden of Invention by Jane 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.
Release date Australia
February 23rd, 2010
Author
Illustrations
Illustrations, black and white
Imprint
Penguin Books
Interest Age
From 18 years
Pages
354
Dimensions
136x205x20
ISBN-13
9780143116899
Product ID
3895370

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