JOHN CHAMPNEYS AND THE
STORY OF THE NOISETTE ROSES
The first rose created in the New World was hybridized off Highway 17 South by a planter named John Champneys. In 1802, Champneys crossed an Old Blush rose with a white musk to produce a beautiful, vigorous rose with fragrant clusters of pale pink blooms.
Champneys shared a clipping of his new rose with a neighbor, French nurseryman Phillipe Noisette, whose brother was a horticulturist at King Louis XVIII’s Palace of Versailles. Garden enthusiasts across Europe went wild as the brothers created new varieties which today we know collectively as Noisette roses. As a nod to its originator, that first small, fluffy rose is named Champneys’ Pink Cluster.