New Dawn (Large-flowered Climber) originated as a root-sport from a much-abused specimen of 'Dr. W. Van Fleet'. It is a superlative rose with delicate, Tea-like blooms on a hardy, vigorous and healthy climbing plant. The flowers are scented of apple and Tea rose. It has been an important parent of climbers, and of Brownell's "sub-zero" roses.

American Rose Annual 32: 14-18 (1947)
From Mr. Schubert of the Somerset Rose Nursery came this account of the origin of New Dawn:

"Several Dr. W. Van Fleet plants were 'heeled in' after the spring selling season was over. During the late spring, considerable construction work was done about the place and, being overlooked, these plants were trampled on by horses, run over by wagons carting soil, scrapers were drawn over them and they were subjected to a great deal of abuse. After the dust of the battle had cleared away, one shoot made its appearance through the hard trampled soil and produced a bloom. This was followed throughout the summer by other blooms. The plant was watched. The next two seasons it continued this performance, giving more and more blooms as the plant grew larger. During the third season, a few plants were budded to see if the sport was really fixed. The following season these plants all bloomed freely."

May 13, 2007