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Schoener, SJ, Fr. (Padre) George M.A.
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Santa Barbara, California
United States
George M. A. Schoener (March 21, 1864 Steinach, Baden-Württemberg, Germany - February 10, 1941 Santa Barbara, CA)

[From American Rose Annual, 1916, p. 42-43:] Of the 120,000 rose seeds harvested in the fall of 1914...about 25,000 seeds germinated...The weak ones he pulled out; and the result of the 1914 work was about 4,000 very promising seedlings. All these, except seven, perished in the fire in about twenty minutes. During 1915, the result of hybridizing was far greater, but all save about 10,000 seeds were destroyed in the fire.

[From American Rose Annual, 1921, p. 23-24:] Probably the most eminent clerical originator of new roses in America is the Roman Catholic priest, Father George M. A. Schoener, Ph. D., now of Santa Barbara, Calif., but formerly of Brooks, Ore. With a thorough scientific education as a preparation, study in the gardens of the Old and New Worlds, ten years were spent in collecting all known varities of rose bushes and experimenting with them. Some of his new roses were startling creations. They awakened the liveliest hopes of the experts of the Northwest who saw them. But all these hopes were dashed to the ground by a fire that consumed his home and rose garden (See page 41 of the 1916 Annual for details. -Ed.) The deep, dry mulch that surrounded his rose bushes caused them to fall an easy prey to the flames....These losses were followed by another greater - the loss of his health. He went to Santa Barbara, where he has fought his way back to health. ..He has taken up his loved work again.

[From American Rose Annual, 1923, p. 86:] ..the work of many years of rose-breeding was destroyed in the fire in which he lost his home in Oregon in 1915, but he started up again in Santa Barbara....he had grown upwards of 300,000 seedlings...

[From The Book on Roses, by Dr. G. Griffin Lewis, p. 136:] Rev. George Schoener of Santa Barbara, Calif., has for many years studied plant production from the scientific side and has achieved wonderful results not only with roses but with other flowers, fruits, and vegetables.
With roses his efforts have of late years, been directed towards overcoming the faults of the wonderfully colored Pernetiana, particularly in regard to establishing a better foliage....His experiments with native roses have brought him to the notice of rosarians throughout the world.
[From] Rev. George Schöner [Schoener] (March 21, 1864 - February 10, 1941) was born as Georg Schöner in Steinach, Germany, emigrated in 1890 to the United States, as his aunt enabled him to study theology near Pittsburgh. In 1911 he caught the rose fever during a visit of the Rose Festival in Portland, Oregon. From 1917 onwards, he lived in Santa Barbara, California. Meanwhile called "Padre of the Roses", he went in 1939 to the Jesuit University at Santa Clara to lecture. 5000 of his rose bushes were planted on the grounds of the university.

[From Modern Roses 10, p. 732:] Rev. George M.A. Schoener, Santa Clara, California.
[From "The Druggists Circular", 1914, p. 640:] An expert rose culturist by the name of Schoener will conduct a series of experiments in growing the Bulgarian rose, and within a year will be able to determine whether Oregon can successfully produce this valuable flower and its sweet scented product.

[From Rose Letter, May 2014, p. 25ff:] Father Georg M.A. Schoener was born in the Black Forest region of Germany in 1864. Very early he exhibited an interest in spirituality and became a student under the Benedictines, a religious order known for its horticultural interests. Later at a Swiss university Schoener pursued his fascination with botany. In 1890 he immigrated to the United States where he studied to become a priest. He was ordained in 1892. His first parish was in Pennsylvania for a number of years, his second for several more in Ohio. By 1910 he had arrived in Oregon and soon became the priest in the small town of Brooks. When he witnessed the Rose Festival in Portland, Schoener became so enamored of roses that he was inspired to set up his own botanical garden in Brooks......About two years before his death, Father Schoener moved to the Jesuit campus of Santa Clara University. In the end, he had produced more than seventy named roses (but he is credited with far more), two of which are still known to be in existence: ‘Arrillaga’, a hybrid perpetual, and ‘Schoener’s Nukana’, a scented shrub rose that tolerates poor soil, cold, and shade. He died in 1941

[From Rose Letter, November 2016, p. 21:] the well-known rose breeder Father Schoener, “Padre of the Roses,” asked for assistance. On that matter, Tevis consulted Dr. Rixford for advice: Should he open himself to dealings with Schoener? In response, on August 1, 1929, Rixford wrote that Father Schoener has been in financial trouble and has been unable to meet some of his obligations, i.e., our friend John Smith of Hayward, sold Father Schoener some fifteen hundred roses and was never paid. I think the bill amounted to something over Seven Hundred Dollars. I suspect that the trouble was that Father Schoener thought he could run a nursery as a business, and got out the catalog which must have cost a good deal of money, and then very likely was unable to sell the roses. Tevis was well advised. Though Schoener had earlier introduced his lovely rose ‘Arillaga’, and would in a year introduce his excellent ‘Schoener’s Nutkana’, his ego, like that of Luther Burbank, informed him that all of his rose creations were outstanding, but also like those of Burbank scarcely any survived long in the marketplace. Schoener seems to have been neither a worthwhile investment nor charity.
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