This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V26", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
The Florist and Pomologist says: Mr. Bennett's Pedigree Roses, if not appreciated at their full worth in this country, appear to be so elsewhere. It is stated that an enterprising Philadelphia plant merchant, Mr. Evans, has bought half the stock of the crimson tea rose, William Francis Bennett, for .£750, and has legally bound himself not to sell or otherwise dispose of any bud, cutting, or scion, but only the flowers, for a term of four years. The rose in question is not much known, except to those who have visited Mr. Bennett's rose nursery at Shepperton, or previously at Stapleford, but it has made its mark in Covent Garden and other markets, many thousands of its bloom-buds having been sold at highly remunerative prices, it being one of the most persistent of winter bloomers.