The Burbank Seedbook (Jan 1911)
The Crime of the Sunberry (Wonderberry)
Editorial, "The Woman's Magazine," February, 1910.

"I was reading the other day of the experience of a famous and honored scientist who had, after years of patient effort, produced a new food berry which meant a new, cheap, useful and delightful food for the whole race. You all know the man, for his wonders in the creation and propagation of new and beautiful forms of flower, plant and fruit lie have made his name a household word. But about the new food berry.

"When the discovery was given to the world, it and its discoverer were instantly attacked, and although the assailants had never seen the new fruit and knew nothing about it, they set up a great hue and cry that it was worthless, and even poisonous.

"From this starting point other horticulturists took up the cry against him and the new fruit, and the most malicious and untruthful reports about it became current all over the world. Never in the history of horticulture was such a well‑organized and so persistent a crusade against a man ever launched, and all based absolutely upon false assertions. Not one of the envious and jealous had any personal knowledge of the new food berry whatsoever, hut seeds were procured early and started under glass. fly April some small seedling plants, three or lour inches high, had set and partly ripened a few fruits. As might be expected under those conditions, the berries were small and tasteless. There then was proof positive that the thing was worthless, and all its enemies and rivals were happy. They met to felicitate one another, to pass resolutions, and to write press notices condemning the new fruit, and kept at it until the middle of summer, inducing tells of thousands of people who had the plants to pull them up and throw them away, thus helping along the crusade against it.

"By the end of July plants, grown under proper conditions in the open ground, all over the country began to mature fruit, and a shower of favorable reports set in. At this time the head of the New York Botanical Garden made a report that was favorable, after a careful study of the plant growing in the grounds of the Botanical Garden, by himself and associate professors.

"Before the middle of August 'the crime' of the new food berry was fully exposed and the motive generally understood. Then came the wailing of those who had been misled into destroying their plants.

"By September it was fully vindicated in all parts of the country and its creator was deluged with letters praising it.

"The discoverer had not been injured, but great damage and annoyance had been done to innocent people—how many, the world will never know—more than 350,000 people had planted seed of the new food berry."


One way to measure your success is by the earnestness with which your competitors lie about you."

The flowers and fruits of California are less wonderful than the flowers and fruits which Mr. Burbank has made. He is a unique great genius. In the hope of seeing what he has done is the greatest reason why I should come to America. He has carried on the breeding and selection of plants to fixed ends Such a knowledge of Nature and such ability to handle plant life would only be possible to an innately high genius. He is a man of whom California and the world should be proud. He is already in California highly treasured but not in the right way. He is a man to be honored and he should also be generously helped, but in whatever help is given to him he should renaub undisturbed. The time will come when be will be as well known and as highly cherished in California as he is now among the scientific men of Europe."—Dr. Hugo De Vries, Amsterdam, Holland.

Aug. 30, 1910.
It is amazing what opposition one has in experimenting and the ignorance there is to contend with; therefore, my sympathy and admiration of the great work you have done is very hearty indeed, and should I be of any use in Europe I shall esteem it a privilege."—E. McD., Bristol, England.

The Sunberry