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Memorable Manitobans: Jerry Twomey (1915-2008)

Plant breeder.

Co-founder of T & T Seeds of Winnipeg, he got his start in plant breeding at the age of 24 when he created a pure white gladiola that won the World’s Most Beautiful Glad Award at the 1939 World’s Fair. Working at the McFayden Seed Company and the Canada Department of Agriculture, he heped to develop dwarf wheat varieties. He was an amateur rose breeder. He was one of the early collectors of Inuit art. Starting with the purchase of three Inuit carvings in 1952, he amassed the world’s largest private collection which he eventually donated to the Winnipeg Art Gallery. He died in April 2008.


“Manitobans’ Legacy a Better Province”, Winnipeg Free Press, 4 January 2009, page B1.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 30 March 2016

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