Luther Burbank

1849 – 1926   Botanist

Born in Massachusetts, Burbank received only a basic education but from the beginning showed interest and skill in developing new and improved plants. Experimenting with cross-breeding, grafting and hybridization, Burbank developed literally hundreds of new varieties of fruit, flowers, vegetables, nuts and forage plants. Some of his developments include the Russet-Burbank potato (the most widely-sold in North America), the freestone peach and the Shasta daisy.

Santa Rosa Lodge, California


“It is well for people who think to change their minds occasionally to keep them clean. For those who do not think it is best at least to rearrange their prejudices once in a while.”

“Flowers always make people better, happier and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.”