“Burpee’s ‘Hall of Fame’ was enhanced by… Red and Gold Marigold (1939)…Marigolds were… Burpee’s most popular flower seeds so it is not surprising that a great many of the world’s most outstanding marigold varieties have been developed at Burpee.”
“W. Atlee Burpee had established Floradale Farms at Lompoc, California, in 1909 [in addition to the original farm in Pennsylvania]…The Floradale site was chosen because it was situated in an ideal valley, protected by a mountain range that runs from east to west (rather than the more usual north-to-south orientation). It has what might be called a “European climate,” cool but without great temperature fluctuations, and constantly humid rather than subject to heavy sporadic rains. Indeed, Lompoc remains one of the rare spots for outdoor flower seed production in the world…”
The Burpee story is well worth reading. See it here: https://www.burpee.com/gardenadvicecenter/get-to-know/the-legacy-of-w.-atlee-burpee/legacy.html .
Excerpts from link.