Luther Burbank Plant Magician Author:John Y. Beaty We call Luther Burbank a plant magician because he performed feats with plants which were as startling as the illusions of the stage magician. — He made a red flower from a yellow one. — He made the stones of plums disappear. — He caused the desert cactus to grow a thousand times faster than it had ever grown before. — He made a blackberry white. — H... more »e made 500 kinds of cherries grow on one tree.
Luther Burbank was the first man to devote his entire time to creating new plants; and he succeeded in producting more useful new varieties of fruits, flowers, trees, vegetables, and vines than any other person. He demonstrated nature's ability to provide mankind with new foods in almost endless variety, and he developed a method for helping nature to create new plants more quickly.
He recognized time as a gift of the Creator which is to be used to the fullest extent; and he lived a happpy life of seventy-seven years because he continually tried to be useful...."« less