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Feast, Samuel and John
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  Listing last updated on 22 May 2024.
Near Baltimore, Maryland
United States
Samuel Feast ( October 23, 1796 Sutton-under-Whitestonecliffe, North Yorkshire - February 28, 1868 Cockeysville MD)

[From A Heritage of Roses, by Hazel Le Rougetel, p. 22:] Samuel Feast was a nurseryman in Baltimore [Maryland] who used the native 'Prairie Rose' (then named R. rubifolia and now R. setigera) to breed some outstanding climbing roses... Some of the roses in the Prairie Rose series were: 'Queen of the Prairies', 'Baltimore Belle', and 'King of the Prairies'.

[From Roses of America, by Stephen Scanniello and Tania Bayard, p. 17:] In the 1830s and 1840s, Samuel and John Feast in Baltimore, Maryland, experimented with the native American climber, Rosa setigera, the Prairie Rose, and produced a number of hardy climbers that were useful for American gardens because they could withstand severe winters.

[From Rose Letter, February 2013, p. 7:] Samuel Feast had been born in Yorkshire on October 23, 1796. He had emigrated to America in 1817, married an Ellen Cremer in 1820, and three years later decided to open a business in Baltimore. Between 1834 and 1837 he founded his nursery enterprise. In the meantime, his brother John, born in 1802, had arrived from England in 1823.

According to a family descendant, Samuel Feast was born in 1796 in Sutton-under-Whitestonecliffe (N. Yorkshire) England and died on Feb 28, 1868 in Cockeysville, MD. His brother John Feast was born June 3, 1802 in Sutton-under-Whitestonecliffe (N. Yorkshire, England). John Feast moved to Baltimore in 1823, and worked with his brother until 1830. He was one of the founders of the Maryland Horticultural Society in 1830. He died in Baltimore on June 7, 1885, in his 85th year, according to the obituary in the August 1885 Gardener's Monthly and Horticulturalist.

According to an article in the 1917 Florists' Review, Samuel Feast, an English nurseryman moved to Baltimore and established the business that became Samuel Feast & Sons; his two sons, Samuel, Jr. and John Edward (1829- 1888) were admitted to the firm in 1855. When John Feast died in 1888, his oldest son, William took over the firm, and when his younger brother, Charles, finished his education, he joined the firm in 1891.
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