Big drama in the plant of the week this week. Scandal, heartbreak, a reputation in ruins, all happened with this two foot high plant.
To start with, what’s in a name?
Luther Burbank (1949-1926) was a great botanist in his time. He was said to have developed 800-1000 new species of plants. Even a fraction of that total would be amazing. Unfortunately the man was not without his naysayers. I believe there is a certain amount of professional jealousy that may have been involved with some of the more vicious attacks on his character.