From Journal of Horticulture and Cottage Gardener, November 20, 1902, p.473:
"Leading Commercial Rosarians."
Mr. B. E. Cant
The memory of the late Benjamin R. Cant is revered by all of those steadfast rosarians who were contemporaries with him. He died untimely, but left a first-class business in the hands of two capable sons. The firm trades under the name of Messrs. B. R. Cant and Sons, the old Rose Gardens, Colchester. Mr. B. E. Cant principally supervises the cultural work of nursery-gardening and during the exhibiting period he is to be seen one day here, another day there, with collections of Roses. Not a little of the success achieved by the firm in this connection is due to his excellent judgment, care, and coolness in setting up large numbers of flowers in a short time.
Mr. B. E. Cant has of late years devoted a great deal of time and consideration to the hybridising and crossing of Roses. His efforts in this direction are also crowned with good results, for at the exhibition held at Richmond on June 26, 1901, his firm secured a Gold Medal for a new Hybrid Perpetual Rose, named Ben Cant- a variety of splendid form, substance, and crimson colour; and again on July 4, 1901, at the N.R.S. Temple Show, a Gold Medal for the new seedling Tea, Mrs. B. R. Cant.
Many promising seedlings were seen at the Old Rose Gardens last summer, and one has every reason to predict a future of distinction for Mr. B. E. Cant as a raiser as well as exhibitor. He states in a letter to us that his great object is to secure hardiness and great vigour of growth in his seedlings.