"William Grant", a found rose of uncertain origin.
"William Grant" is a found Gallica Hybrid whose origins can only be guessed at. It was discovered by Mr. Grant in Oregon, growing on the site of a burned out gas station several years ago. It has been suggested that this might possibly be one of Father George Schoener's hybrids, as it was found within a few miles of his former home. Father Schoener was an avid rose hybridizer in the early part of the 20th century, but his work was focused mainly on R. gigantea. However, since very little is known about the full scope of Schoener's hybrids, it is possible that some Gallicas were part of his breeding work. If this were the case, then "William Grant" can be dated at about 1915-1917.
This is a vigorous, semi-climbing rose which is clearly not pure Gallica in pedigree. It is a tall grower, to at least 8 feet if supported, and once-blooming in early Summer. The semi-double blooms are about 3 inches across, and very nicely scented. While the blooms are quite informal in shape, the total display created by the plant at peak bloom is quite lovely. Very good disease resistance as well.
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