Simonet, Robert - 1984 Hall of Fame Inductee

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Robert Simonet was recognized as one of the world's leading plant breeders. His interest in genetics and plant breeding led to seed production and sales on an international scale. He was the first person in North America to develop 100 per cent double petunias. Prior to this discovery, the technique for producing 100 per cent doubles was a professional secret of Japanese plant breeders. Millions of gardeners and many commercial seed companies have benefitted from his work on petunias. He also developed new types of other flowers including gladioli and hollyhocks, new fruits, vegetables and numerous trees and shrubs.

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