The Burpee company was founded in Philadelphia in 1876 by an 18 year-old with a passion for plants and animals and a mother willing to lend him $1000 dollars of "seed money" to get started in business. Within 25 years he had developed the largest, most progressive seed company in America. By 1915 we were mailing a million catalogues a year to America's gardeners. Burpee is still a family seed company and still in the Philadelphia area. Today we are owned and operated by George Ball Jr. At Burpee.com we supply high quality seeds, plants & supplies for home gardeners. We offer a large variety of vegetables, fruits, herbs, flowers, and supplies – all guaranteed to please.
David Burpee, the son of founder, W. Atlee Burpee is remembered by horticulturists the world over as an innovator, but his philanthropic activities are perhaps not as well known. In these activities he was strongly encouraged by his wife, Lois, the daughter of a Scottish missionary who had been the first Western doctor in Palestine at the turn of the century. Mrs. Burpee spent her formative years in Palestine and China, and retained close ties with missionaries and others working in Asia. She and her husband frequently corresponded with these missionaries and, as noted in the accompanying history, occasionally obtained the seeds of new flowers and vegetables from them. David Burpee's philanthropic interests included aid to underdeveloped countries and, under his leadership, W. Atlee Burpee & Co. became the world's largest donator of vegetable seeds, working in close cooperation with the United Nations agency, CARE.
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