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Burbank Day

The birthday of naturalist and plant breeder Luther Burbank (1849-1926) is observed in California in much the same way Arbor Day is observed in other states—that is, with activities promoting the value of natural resources and the protection of trees and birds. Burbank moved from his native Massachusetts to Santa Rosa, California, in 1875 and spent the rest of his life there experimenting with new varieties of fruits, flowers, and vegetables. On March 7, a birthday and Arbor Day celebration is held at the Luther Burbank Home and Gardens. More...
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Frida Kahlo Portrait of Luther Burbank

Burbank In His Own Words

"The clear light of science teaches us that we must be our own saviors, if we are to be found worth saving."

"Science, unlike theology, never leads to insanity."

"Science . . . has opened our eyes to the vastness of the universe and given us light, truth and freedom from fear where once was darkness, ignorance and superstition. There is no personal salvation, except through science."

"The scientist is a lover of truth for the very love of truth itself, wherever it may lead."

"I believe in the immortality of influence."

"Feelings are all right, if one does not get drunk on them. Prayer may be elevating if combined with works, and they who labor with head, hands or feet have faith and are generally quite sure of an immediate and favorable reply."

"The chief trouble with religion has been too much dependence upon names or words. People fail to discriminate. They do not think. Generally people who think for themselves, instead of thinking according to the rules laid down by others, are considered unfaithful to the established order. In that respect I, too, differ with the established order and established designations."

"What is the use of assuring Fundamentalists that science is compatible with religion. They retort at once, "Certainly not with our religion."

"[Burbank's 'religion']: Justice, love, truth, peace and harmony, a serene unity with science and the laws of the universe."

"Those who would legislate against the teaching of evolution should also legislate against gravity, electricity and the unreasonable velocity of light, and also should introduce a clause to prevent the use of the telescope, the microscope and the spectroscope or any other instrument . . . used for the discovery of truth."

"Bryan--a great friend of mine, by the way--had a Neanderthal type of head."

"And to think of this great country in danger of being dominated by people ignorant enough to take a few ancient Babylonian legends as the canons of modern culture. Our scientific men are paying for their failure to speak out earlier. There is no use now talking evolution to these people. Their ears are stuffed with Genesis."

[From Why I Am An Infidel, published in Little Blue Book #1020 and from The Harvest Of The Years, by Luther Burbank with Wilbur Hale.]
Posted: Wednesday, March 7, 2018 8:41:40 AM

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Great article, but I noticed a typo in "California": Santa Rosa, Califotnia.
Posted: Wednesday, March 7, 2018 5:59:04 PM

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Prunus salicina ‘Burbank’

Luther Burbank is undoubtedly one of the most successful plant breeders the world has ever known. Through his keen eye and genius for selective breeding, Burbank created and introduced more than 200 new varieties of fruits and nuts and hundreds of decorative flowers. Familiar names such as Shasta daisy, nectarines, plumcots, and freestone peaches can be traced back to the fields and greenhouse at Burbank’s home in Santa Rosa, California.

Of all his green inventions, however, two stand out above the others. One was his first, the Burbank Russet potato, now better known as the Idaho potato. He sold the rights to it for $150 and used the money to help buy a parcel of land and eventually build the business of his dreams. The second of his major legacies are his plums. Before he applied his skills — he resented the term ‘plant wizard’ that was often referred to him — to improving his plums, these fruits were often small, not very sweet, and contained large pits. Following his improvements, the plum industry boomed — especially in California, New Zealand, and South Africa. Burbank plum fueled the growth, reaching its peak of popularity in California during 1938 when 171,000 crates of the fruit were shipped to the market.

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