"Cato's Cluster" rose References
Book (2009) Includes photo(s).
p22 ….And while we may long to know the original name of one of the found Noisettes that have been discovered in old Southern gardens and cemeteries, like “Cato’s Cluster,” finding proof for any name would be daunting.
p24 Photo. “Cato’s Cluster” (photo by Gregg Lowery).
p39 “Cato’s Cluster” Found in Virginia, USA, by Carl Cato. Old rose collector Carl Cato of Virginia discovered this beauty in a Virginia garden. For some years he suspected it to be the original ‘Champneys’ Pink Cluster’. The genetic research performed at Florida Southern College on behalf of the Noisette Study Garden in Charleston, South Carolina, has shown that this rose differs from a number of roses that have been thought to be John Champneys’ rose. “Cato’s Cluster” makes trusses of 2-inch blooms, rose pink to blush pink, semidouble and very fragrant. Very much in the style of ‘Blush Noisette’, the plant is upright and arching; it reaches about 5 feet in the open.
p52 ….The [DNA of] “Cato’s Cluster” rose, as expected, appears to be closely related but not genetically identical to those roses grown as ‘Champneys’ Pink Cluster’.
Newsletter (Aug 2001) Page(s) 4. Vol 26, No. 3.
Rev. Douglas T. Seidel, Pennsylvania. Those fabulous Foundlings: the No-Name Noisettes.
"Cato's Cluster" (Vintage Gardens) is synonymous with what many of us were calling "Florida Pink Noisette". The name memorializes Carl Cato, one of the founders of the Heritage Rose Group and of this publication. I first saw this variety at a flower show in Miami in April of 1980, where it was being shown as 'Champney's Pink Cluster'. Show officials put me in touch with the exhibitor, Mrs. Thomas Johnston of Coral Gables. This gracious lady invited me to visit her roses the next day. Amid the palms, plumerias, and citrus of her garden, there were orchids beginning to naturalize, drifts of blue bulbous iris, Easter lilies beyond counting, and a collection of Chinas, Teas, and Noisettes that had taken a lifetime to assemble. This wonderful pink foundling was guarding the entrance to Mrs. Johnston's enchanted world. When Leonie Bell saw my rooted cuttings in bloom later that year, she had to have one and, " ... one for Carl, too, please." I assume Carl not only liked the rose but that he shared it with his friends, as well. "Cato's Cluster" is as hardy as a Hybrid Tea and an excellent rebloomer. The flowers are fully double, a row or two of pale petals encircling.a non-fading rich pink center.
Book (2000) Page(s) 77.
“Cato’s Cluster”. Noisette. Good reliable rebloom. Outstanding fragrance. Habit 1. unknown, found. [Grate; Cato]. Three-inch shapely pink flower-cups with heart-shaped petals, very fragrant. Thanks to both Frances Grate and Malcolm Manners for supplying us with the correct plant which we did not have previously. This lovely Noisette find comes to us from Carl Cato.