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W. Atlee Burpee Company


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  • W. Atlee Burpee & Company

Administratie History

Washington Atlee Burpee (1858-1915) left medical school in 1876 to establish his own company that specializes in seeds. He created the W. Atlee Burpee & Company (often shortened to "Burpee"), which introduced new, improved seeds for different produce, such as a new cabbage, carrot, lima bean, celery, and others. He first marketed "Iceberg" lettuce in 1894 and started a plant catalogue for farmers in need of seeds. Burpee researched and breeded different vegetables for America's climate and gardens. He passed away in 1915, leaving the company to his son David Burpee.

David continued his father's legacy and started to breed different hybrids of flowers. He ended up creating one of the first-ever White Marigold in 1975. He still researched and breeded different vegatables, creating new variations for tomatoes and cucumbers.

George Ball of George J. Ball, Inc., bought Burpee in 1991, becoming its president, and the company continues to be an innovating force for different types of vegtables, fruits, herbs, and flowers.


Found in 1 Collection or Record:

W. Atlee Burpee & Company Leaflets

Identifier: Ms-2022-010

This collection contains numerous leaflets from the W. Atlee Burpee & Company from 1899-1915. The leaflets discuss planting, seed growing, and other agriculture strategies, and other gardening strageties for American garderners, farmers, and planters.

Dates: 1899 - 1915