The large juicy raspberries were a bonus, unlike the twisted blackberry vines covering part of the overgrown property. We found that following one long blackberry vine to the source leads to another heading a different direction. Where did our Himalayan blackberries originate?
Life was changing dramatically in America at the end of the 19th century. People were moving from rural areas to towns and cities–including Seattle. Industrialization was creating a new midddle class.
Down the coast in Santa Rosa, California, an eccentric guy named Luther Burbank was hard at work on his experimental farm. Burbank didn’t have any formal training, but he was working to breed strange and wonderful new kinds of plants.
Burbank realizes that the new middle class is going to want to have fresh fruits and vegetables, not canned peas and beans. But in order to do that the new varieties are going to have to be able to be shipped on the nation’s new transcontinental railroad.
Burbank’s creations could be weird, like a spineless cactus. His potato-tonato hybrid never took off, but others were smash hits, like the freestone peach and elep[hant garlic.