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The Carl Porter Cato Rose Collection

 
 
The Carl Porter Cato Rose Collection Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 26, 2014
1. The Carl Porter Cato Rose Collection Marker
Inscription. These roses have reached their final resting place! Originally, they were in the rose collection of nationally recognized rosarian Carl Porter Cato (1913-1996) of Lynchburg.

Through many years, he had salvaged cuttings or entire plants from some endangered situation and nurtured them back to health and maturity. When his own health began failing, however, he entrusted the roses to the care of two local rosarians. These same roses are grouped here as a reminder of the gentle man who studied each prickle, leaf and petiole, adored each blossom, and, more than anything, wanted to share his passion and their beauty with the world.

“Come into my garden…I want my roses to meet you.”


Achievements in the world of roses:

In 1975, Carl Cato was one of four original founders of the Heritage Roses Group, which is “a fellowship of those who care about Old Roses.” Others were Lily Shohan of New York, Miriam Wilkins of California, and Edith Schurr of Washington. Membership continues to have national appeal.

Cato was an early editor and printer of the Heritage Rose newsletter which has become a publication with international circulation. His original format has been preserved.

In May 1975, Cato was first host of the National Heritage Rose Day which was held
The Carl Porter Cato Rose Collection Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 26, 2014
2. The Carl Porter Cato Rose Collection Marker
at his beloved Quaker Cemetery in Lynchburg.

Several rosarians, including Cato, were credited with the important re-discovery of the Musk Rose (Rosa mochata plena) and a Noisette rose thought to be Champney’s Pink Cluster, which led to their eventual re-introduction into commerce.

Cato established the Old Rose Collection at the Quaker Cemetery, Fort Avenue, Lynchburg. He was also the advisor for the restoration of the rose garden at the home of Harlem Renaissance Poet Anne Spencer, 1313 Pierce Street, Lynchburg; Mr. Elder’s Rose Garden off Monument Terrace, Lynchburg; and the Old Rose Collection along the rose wall in the Confederate section of this Old City Cemetery.

Rose cuttings taken by Cato are now flourishing in public and private gardens across the United States, including the National Arboretum Rose and Herb Garden in Washington, D.C., and the Huntington Botanical Garden in Pasadena, California.
 
Erected 1999.
 
Location. 37° 24.947′ N, 79° 9.47′ W. Marker is in Lynchburg, Virginia. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Taylor Street and 4th Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 401 Taylor Street, Lynchburg VA 24501, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sinister Activities (within shouting distance of this marker); Pest House Medical Museum (within shouting distance of this marker); Old City Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); The Old Brick Wall (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Old City Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); Gravestone Carvers in the Old City Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); Gravemarkers in the Old City Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); Cemetery Caretakers (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Lynchburg.
 
Also see . . .  Horticulture & Wildlife in the Old City Cemetery - Roses. The oldest public cemetery in Virginia still in use today - Central Virginia's most unique public garden. (Submitted on May 30, 2014.) 
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 492 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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