The American Florist, p. 182 (Dec. 1, 1887)
We have to record the death of this eminent French rosarian, which occurred Nov. 5, at Lyon, France. The deceased was born at St. Didier sur Charonne, Ain, France, Jan. 28, 1817, and was consequently 70 years of age at the time of his death. We are indebted to his friend, Jean Sisley of Monplaisir, Lyon, for the following sketch of his life: "His father was an agriculturist and desired his son to follow his profession, but the roses in his parent's garden had at an early age attracted his special attention, and at last he obtained consent to study horticulture, and in 1836 was placed as an apprentice with M. Poncet, at Lyon. He went to Paris in 1839 with an introduction from M. Plantier, the rosarian, to M. Pirolle, the founder of the Bon Jardinier, who obtained for him a situation in a Dutch horticultural establishment at Paris in the neighborhood of the palace of the Luxembourg, the gardens of which were then directed by Mr. Hardy, the well known amateur and lover of roses, and where young Lacharme went very frequently to admire and study them.
"In 1840 M. Plantier, wishing to retire, offered him his rose establishment at Lyon, which he accepted, and assisted by his counsels he began to sow roses, and soon obtained a then very remarkable variety, which he named hybrid remontant Ernestine de Barante, which he sent out in 1843, and since that time he has not ceased to sow roses very extensively, and has obtained a great number of splendid varieties which still ornament the collections of amateurs of all countries.
"Francois Lacharme was esteemed by all those who knew him, because he was a very laborious and intelligent man, and of the strictest honesty."
Lacharme has sent out some sixty or more new roses, most of which have been of merit, among which were Victor Verdier, Salet, Paeonia, Anne de Diesbach, Charles Lefebvre, Mme. A. de Rougemont, Xavier Olibo, Alfred Colomb; Baronne de Maynard, Coquette des Alpes, Boule de Niege, Louis van Houtte, Coquette des Blanches, Mme. Lacharme, Captain Christy, Hippolyte Jamain, Countess of Serenye, Jeau Soupert, Mme. Lambard, Catherine Soupert and Jules Finger.
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