Background Information

This page provides background information resources that can assist your use of the Luther Burbank Virtual Museum and/or the related student activities.
More Information about Luther Burbank: Web
More Information about Luther Burbank: Books
  • Harvest of the Years, Luther Burbank, with Wilbur Hall : This is Luther Burbank's autobiography published posthumously after his death in 1926. It's not so much a step-by-step life story but rather Luther Burbank's life story as told through his personal philosophies. The reader truly gets a sense of the author. May be a bit tricky to find, but certainly possible.
  • A Gardener Touched With Genius, by Peter Dreyer: A biography about Luther Burbank written quite a bit more recently that Harvest... Should be readily available.
  • Here a Plant, There a Plant, Everywhere a Plant, Plant, By Robert Quackenbush. Written at a 3rd/4th grade reading level. SCORE Cyberguide (literature guide and teaching unit) available for this book. Should be readily available.
  • Luther Burbank, Boy Wizard, by Olive W. Burt. Biography written in the 1940s and aimed at intermediate level students. May be hard to find.
  • Gold Ridge Farm, Luther Burbank's Experiment Farm, Sebastopol, California, A History of the Property, 1884-1986, Renee Feliciano, Robert Welborn. Detailed history of the farm property up to 1986. Available in the Sonoma County Library Annex, not sure about availability outside Sonoma County.
Grafting

Grafting Down Under: This is an Australian site. It features the many types of grafting, with clear explanations and very good diagrams. It is almost appropriate for students(the author calls a protective grafting sleeve a "condom"). Use your own discretion!

Grafting American Style: Another clearly written site with understandable diagrams. Appropriate for children

Inventors

Inventors' Hall of Fame: Official site for the Hall of Fame. Has brief biographical information about the dozens of people who have been inducted into the Inventors' Hall of Fame.

Greenfield Village: Huge village museum created by Henry Ford. Has original buildings associated with many famous inventors, including Luther Burbank.

There are many other sites scattered throughout the Virtual Museum...

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