Luther Burbank

Luther Burbank was born in Lancaster, Massachusetts, on March 7, 1849. ┬áIn California, his birthday is celebrated as Arbor Day and trees are planted in his memory. The famed horticulturist made his home in Santa Rosa for more than 50 years, and it was here that he conducted plant-breeding experiments that brought him world fame. One of Burbank’s goals was to increase the world’s food supply by manipulating the characteristics of plants. Burbank developed an improved spineless cactus which could provide forage for livestock in desert regions. During his career, Burbank introduced more than 800 new varieties of plants — … Continue reading Luther Burbank