Came across this today in Sean McCann's "The Rose: An Encyclopedia of
North American Roses, Rosarians, and rose Lore," under the entry for E.
Gurney Hill. (I wonder how often this sort of thing has happened to
other breeders? <g>)
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Hill also bred a rose, in 1905, called 'General MacArthur', which did
well in England. Once on a visit to Kew Gardens in London, Hill saw a
particularly good red rose and tried to learn more about it because he
wanted to buy it for introduction to America. Imagine his astonishment
when he was told that it was................ 'General MacArthur'.
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