Wallace, John Alexander - 1989 Hall of Fame Inductee

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Through his lifelong dedication to finding, testing and breeding better plants for northern latitudes, John Wallace significantly improved the lives of northern Albertans. A tireless promoter of better varieties and better horticultural techniques, John Wallace introduced hundreds of plant varieties to northern Alberta. He discovered the Saskatoon varieties, Pembina and Smoky, the latter of which occupies about 95 per cent of the commercial acreage of saskatoons in Canada. He selected, developed and named the Protem strawberry, the only recommended hardy variety for the northern half of Alberta. He was also responsible for breeding and developing the tomato variety, Early Yellow, which was the breakthrough leading to the world famous Beaverlodge sub-arctic tomatoes.

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