It is interesting to wonder if Lagrange and Latour-Marliac
were friends, friendly competitors or just competitors. Most
of the hardy lilies offered by Lagrange were hybrids by Latour-Marliac,
often very soon after Latour-Marliac himself had introduced them.
Rumor has it that Latour-Marliac took legal action against Lagrange
but this has not been confirmed.
Mrs. Lagrange, presumably Marie, died in 1914. The same year
Antoine introduced the last new waterlily that we can find recorded,
'Madame Blot', a rose hardy. Antoine died in 1921. He had a son
named Jacques Marius Louis, who was born on April 4, 1877. He
was a horticulteur like his father but a note on the 1923 voters'
list says "has left".
We can only speculate (at this time) about what happened to
the Lagrange nursery. Could it not go on in the wake of World
War I, as happened with many family businesses in France? Did
legal problems with Latour-Marliac affect the demise? Regretfully
all the Lagrange cultivars have been lost to cultivation.
Complete 1912 Catalogue