While in Santa Rosa we visited the famous gardens of Luther Burbank, a horticulturalist who grew up in Lancaster, MA and migrated to Santa Rosa in 1875. Burbank grew up on a farm and never obtained a college education. It was through his intuitive sense that he taught himself to use scientific methods to create 800 strains and varieties of plants over his 55 year career. Burbank’s varied creations included fruits, flowers, grains, grasses, and vegetables. One of his most successful creations was the Shasta Daisy – a common flower that we have back home in the East.
“Every child should have mud pies, grasshoppers, water-bugs, tadpoles, frogs and mud-turtles, elderberries, wild strawberries, acorns, chestnuts, trees to climb, brooks to wade in, water-lilies, woodchucks, bats, bees butterflies, various animals to pet, hayfields, pine-cones, rocks to roll, sand, snakes, huckleberries and hornets; and any child who has been deprived of these has been deprived of the best part of his education.”