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Seeds for the Garden

Vegetable gardeners can thank 19th-century entrepreneur W. Atlee Burpee for their fresh corn on the cob and juicy homegrown tomatoes. Young Atlee's father wanted him to be a doctor. But Burpee was drawn to the fledgling science of genetics. In 1876, at 18, he founded a mail-order-catalog and seed business, the W. Atlee Burpee Company, in Warminster, Pennsylvania.