Only two of his creations survive today, however: 'Arrilaga' and 'Schoener's Nutkana'. He was born into a peasant family of Steinach, Baden. He studied in Engelberg and Einsiedeln from 1883 to 1889.
An aunt enabled him to emigrate to America, where he became a priest in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Afflicted with illnesses, he ended up in Brooks, Oregon in 1911, where the rose growing activity in nearby Portland caught his interest. He searched the nearby hills for specimens of wild species such as Rosa nutkana.
A fire in 1915 destroyed church and house, and in 1917 he moved to Santa Barbara, California. In 1939 he took up a position at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California, but died just two years later. The Georg-Schöner-Schule in Steinach is named after him.