Garden of Invention Luther Burbank and the Business of Breeding Plants

ISBN-10: 0143116894
ISBN-13: 9780143116899
Edition: N/A
Authors: Jane S. Smith
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List price: $17.00
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 2/23/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

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.

Jane S. Smith, PhD,is the award-winning author of several books, includingPatenting the Sun: Polio and the SalkVaccine, which received theLos Angeles TimesBook Prize for Science and Technology and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize; and, most recently,The Garden of Invention,winner of the Caroline Bancroft Prize in Western History. She lives in Chicago.

Prologue
Inventing the Garden
Nature in an Age of Invention
The Lucky Spud
The Second Gold Rush
Faster, Better, Sweeter
A Personal Interlude
Marketing the New Creation
Understanding the Garden
The Philosopher in the Orchard, the Scientist in the Pea Patch
California Boosters and the Ivory Tower
The Carnegie Institution Seal of Approval
The Training of the Human Plant
Learning from Luther Burbank
The Corn Palace and the Empire of the Prickly Pear
Possessing the Garden
The Meeting of the Masters
The Garden of Beautiful Thoughts
Transplanting the Legacy
The Creator's Art
The Garden as Intellectual Property
Epilogue: Searching for Luther Burbank
Acknowledgments
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index

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