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“Flowers are sunshine, food, and medicine for the soul” Luther Burbank 1849-1926

Full disclosure: I wrote a book report on Luther Burbank when I was in fifth grade and was fascinated by what he accomplished. He was an American botanist and horticulturist and a pioneer in agricultural science who developed over 800 plant varieties. His experiments resulted in many cultivars of fruit, grains, flowers, vegetables, and grasses, including a spineless cactus for cattle feed.

He developed the Shasta daisy, a scented calla lily, the freestone peach, the “Elberta” peach, the “Flaming Gold nectarine”, and the plumcot, an apricot plum cross as well as new varieties of prunes, plums, raspberries, blackberries, and apples. His russet colored potato cultivar, the “Russet Burbank”, is the most widely grown potato in the world. It is used primarily for French Fries (think McDonald’s) and baking.

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