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Luther Burbank

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Meet the man behind the planter - Luther Burbank, a legendary American botanist, horticulturist, and agricultural science pioneer, developed over 800 strains and varieties of plants in his 55-year career.

"What a joy life is when you have made a close working partnership with Nature, helping her to produce for the benefit of mankind new forms, colors, and perfumes in flowers which were never know before…" - Luther Burbank, 1926 

Born in Lancaster, Massachusetts in 1849, Burbank grew up on a farm with little education. After the death of his father, the 21-year-old used his small inheritance he had to buy a 17-acre plot of land. It is there that he developed the Burbank potato - the large, brown-skinned, white-fleshed potato that has become the world's predominant potato in food processing.

He sold the rights to the Burbank potato for $150, which he used to travel to Santa Rosa, California, where he purchased another plot of land that he used to conduct crossbreeding experiments on plants. The site is now a public city park named after Burbank, and his final resting place. He died in April of 1926 at the age of 77.

Known by all accounts as a kind man who wanted to help others, Burbank left behind hundreds of new varieties of flowers, fruits, vegetables, grasses, and grains. His work also spurred the passing of the 1930 Plant Patent Act. 

Our Burbank hanging planter, with its colorful accent rope, is inspired by Luther himself. Available with bright light or low light plants. 

(Images of Burbank via Wikipedia


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