lifelong dedication to finding, testing and breeding better plants for northern
latitudes, John Wallace significantly improved the lives of northern Albertans.
He was consistently a promoter of better varieties of horticulture and better
techniques for cultivation. John Wallace introduced hundreds of plant varieties to northern Alberta.
the saskatoon varieties named Pembina and Smoky. The Smoky saskatoon variety occupies about
95 percent 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 is also responsible for breeding and
developing the tomato variety, Early Yellow, which was the breakthrough leading
to Beaverlodge subarctic tomatoes.