A bright yellow once-blooming rose identified as the Spinossisima Hybrid
Harison's Yellow arrived in my Sparks, Nevada neighborhood nearly 140
years ago. It was carried west in 1870 by James Gault and his wife Jane
Nolan Gault, from a small town in Canada, just south of Montreal,
Quebec. James had sustained an injury on the trip west and spent a year
healing from this misfortune. When he eventually recovered and the
family was finally able to purchase land, this long-traveled rose was
at last planted in its permanent location.
In the intervening years, the land has been farmed by three generations
of Gaults and their descendants. The great grandsons still own a small
part of the original ranch and homestead, and on their remaining
property are at least a half dozen plants started from suckers from the
mother plant. What the family believes to be the original plant is now
a thicket, standing about six feet tall, and covering an area
approximately 15 by 30 feet in size.
The old wagon road out to Pyramid Lake, now a paved back road, runs past
this thicket and for three to four weeks each May, a mass of yellow
blooms light up the roadside. In fall, ancient cottonwood trees arching
over the road turn a brilliant gold. Though the town has grown up and
out, this area has - so far - been largely spared.
South of this old road, the town has filled in completely. To the north
there has been little change - some residential development on half acre
and larger lots, and conversion of most of the ranchland to the open
space of a golf course. The Harison's Yellow thicket has seen it all -
from the days when there were no roads and travelers chose the most
convenient route through the sagebrush to the old wagon road becoming an
overly crowded 'secret' shortcut when the nearby highway is clogged up
with traffic. For nearly 140 years, Gault's yellow rose has stood fast
through it all.
This treasured Scots rose is a fitting tribute to James and Jane Gault,
Canadian born children of Scottish immigrants, pioneers of the open
sagelands of western Nevada.
~ Article by Christine, Reno, NV 2009 ~
Harisons Yellow suckering its way along a roadside fence
Close up of same plant. File#D2790
Probably not Harison's Yellow rose in a Reno garden.
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