Born Sep 14, 1863. Died Nov 9, 1930
Original research by Bruna Tadolini (December 2010): "Massimilano Lodi worked in a property close to one of the 12 gates of the medieval walls of Bologna, named Porta San Mamolo (source: Nuovi Annali dell’Agricoltura vol 16-17, 1936). Two granddaughters living near Porta San Mamolo, told that Massimiliano Lodi lived in a house named Villa Sant’Anna (still a Sant’Anna’s statue in the garden) in Via San Mamolo 152, Bologna. One of the granddaughters is still living in the house (or in the house rebuild as the original one was destroyed during the war). He dies around 1936. They do not have documents of the grandfather as they were destroyed with the house. One of the sisters says that he got a “Attestato di Benemerenza” (lost with the house) for having bred a black rose!"
[From Les Amis des Roses
, November 1934, p. 130:] Maximilian Lodi, de Bologne, qui possédait à côté de la place Porta S.-Mammolo, un terrain de 7.000 mètres carrés où il cultivait une grande quantité de roses presque toutes de semence.
[From Nuovi annali dell'agricoltura
1936, p. 125:] It is to be recalled that Massimilano Lodi, on his property near the Porta di San Mamolo in Bologna, worked for many years improving the Rose.
[From The Rose Annual
1981, p. 112:] ...co-citizen Massimilano Lodi who was also the raiser of many of the roses placed on the market by Bonfiglioli....Massimiliano Lodi began as an amateur gardener, and eventually became the rose hybridist of G. Bonfiglioli & Figlio.