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The Garden of Invention: Luther Burbank and the Business of Breeding Plants [Format Kindle]

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.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 4014 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 368 pages
  • Editeur : Penguin Books (12 mars 2009)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
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Amazon.com: 4.6 étoiles sur 5  15 commentaires
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 It's like watching CNN coverage as American History unfolds with a fascinating cast of characters 19 juillet 2011
Par Melissa - Publié sur Amazon.com
Who knew the history of plant breeding was so exciting?! I couldn't put this book down. I felt like I was sitting front and center in watching our history unfold. I found the book so interesting, presenting plant inventions in the context of the history of our country, our academic systems, our policy decisions, and business interests.

These were intertwined with the personal history of some fascinating characters. The inventors Burbank, Edison, Ford, Firestone alongside characters like Helen Keller and famous authors of the day made history come alive in technicolor.

It's amazing to see the connecting thread (over centuries in the making) to our current food systems, loss of heirloom varieties, scientific thinking about epigenetics, and even the medical marijuana debate centered around the inability of big pharma to patent plants, leading marijuana plant production to be relegated to dark corners. It shows how important history is to our modern day challenges and philosophical debates.

The only difficult thing was to keep track of the sequence of events as the chapters skipped around chronologically. Understandably, the book was oriented around conceptual themes to hold together the complexity and breadth of the many story lines. However, it was sometimes disjointing to find people had died in a previous chapter only to be alive and well and part of the next chapter.

I'm really glad I read this book. I found myself pondering on many events and issues discussed here.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Deserves a spot in any general lending library 14 juin 2009
Par Midwest Book Review - Publié sur Amazon.com
GARDEN OF INVENTION: LUTHER BURBANK AND THE BUSINESS OF BREEDING PLANTS offers an excellent history of the plant breeder and farm and garden efforts in early 20th century America. A century ago Burbank was the most famous gardener on the planet. This survey of his contributions is not a biography nor an encyclopedia of his creations but a cultural and social survey of Burbank's influences on gardening trends and American culture, and deserves a spot in any general lending library.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 I'm pretty sure it's all here 12 mars 2015
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
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If you want to know about Luthar Burbank, I'm pretty sure it's all here. In fact, if there is a downside, it's probably that you might not want to know -this- much about him. I was very interested in his gardening techniques, and while this was in the book, it was a small part. This is a comprehensive biography. It's a thorough, historical account of his life, his personality, his path to success, and people's reaction to him at the time. The book is kind of dry, but let's be honest...this is a book about the premiere gardener of the early 1900's. You kind of know what you're in for.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Winner! 14 avril 2014
Par cheryl roether - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Very interesting! Anyone Interested in gardening will love the history and information, which is bountiful, in this book. He was famous for his progress with the potatoe and I also learned he branched out to many other foods!
5.0 étoiles sur 5 a fascinating book that really explains the wonder of hybrids 22 novembre 2013
Par catsim - Publié sur Amazon.com
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A great read if you are interested in plants. Burbank was a great hybridizer and really ahead of his time with his drive to come up with new and better varieties . A slightly quirky character, he managed to accomplish so much with slightly unorthodox and not extremely scientific methods.
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