Freedom Gardens

World-Class Rose Collection

Hard-to-find Roses for Sale in Pots

Open by Appointment

On Sundays in June, Susan and Peter Schneider open their garden and everyone is invited ("It doesn't cost anything and you don't have to buy anything.")  For the rest of the growing season, our garden is open by appointment only for people who do want to buy something (scroll down for current plant availability list). While you are here you'll be free to explore the garden at your leisure, and may even have it all to yourself. To make an appointment, please use the contact form on this website or phone Peter on 330.296.2618 [please don't be shy about leaving a message--I'll get back to you promptly.]

Our collection of over 1200 different roses features newer and hard-to-find hybrid teas, floribundas, climbers and shrubs from the European nurseries, and heritage roses imported from Andre Eve in France, Peter Beales in England, and Martin Weingart, the nurseryman near the Sangerhausen Rosarium in Germany.  Many of these roses cannot be seen anywhere else between Europe and California.

All of our roses are grown without winter protection, which provides an excellent opportunity to see exactly which varieties are winter hardy in northern Ohio.

We grow nearly complete collections of Paul Jerabek's Ohio-bred creations, the Canadian Explorer roses, David Austin's English roses and the new disease-proof roses from Kordes in Germany.  We've rescued dozens of heirloom roses from the much lamented and now destroyed Gardens of Roses of Legend and Romance at Secrest Arboretum in Wooster, Ohio. Freedom Gardens now has what may be America's largest collection of hybrid perpetuals, the voluptuous, fragrant roses which defined the Victorian era. Our rose garden has been featured in Horticulture and Ohio magazines and its story is told in Peter Schneider's most recent book, Right Rose, Right Place which Peter will of course be happy to sign during your visit.

We also have a growing collection of noteworthy trees, almost 100 correctly named lilac cultivars, an orchard, lily ponds, many other plants and a multitude of song birds and frogs situated on a bucolic eight-acre setting.

The map below is more helpful than these things used to be, but still not perfect. Main thing: from State Route 88 take King Road south until it ends at Vair Road. Turn left, and we are 1000' (and fourth driveway) on your left. [Last year one of our neighbors paved their driveway and now Google thinks it is a road.  It is not a road and will not lead you to our garden. After turning on to Vair count the driveways to your left, paved or otherwise.  We are the 4th one.]

[There is indeed a "Ravenna Arsenal Street" but we as civilians have no access to it.]

Important note: We are not open "by chance" and are unable to accommodate unexpected visitors. Please make an appointment! It's easy!

Hard-to-Find Roses For Sale


Own-root roses propagated at Freedom Gardens. 1-gallon pots. $25 each.

Choose from these roses and many others during your visit or reserve your choices for later pickup or possible shipment. Shipping mid-October to mid-November. We do not ship in the spring.To purchase any of these plants please call Peter on 330.296.2618 or use the contact form on this website to confirm availability. We accept cash, checks, PayPal, all major credit cards and Euros.


ALTISSIMO (Delbard 1966) climber; startling, large, single-petaled red blooms

ANNA DE DIESBACH (Lacharme 1858) in color, fragrance and form the perfect pink HP

ANNA SCHARSACH (Geschwind 1890) glowing shell pink HP, vigorous and healthy

ANTIKE (Kordes 1988) cherry and cream with Old Garden form, climber or large shrub

ARDOISEE DE LYON (Damaizin 1858) strawberry sport of Baronne Prevost

BANSHEE (c. 1773?) super tough light pink Old Garden Rose

BELLA DONNA (<1844) pink fragrant damask, very long spring bloom

BELLE ROSINE (Vibert 1829) rare dark pink gallica, well-formed blooms last when cut

BERLIN (Kordes 1949) single-petaled shocking orange on a sturdy shrub

BIBI MAIZOON (Austin 1989) extraordinarily profuse, very fragrant, pink shrub

BLACK PRINCE (Paul 1866) charming, productive hybrid perpetual, deepest crimson

BLAIRII No. 2 (Blair 1845) climbing light pink cabbage rose, better than Blairii No. 1

BLOSSOMTIME (O'Neal 1951) classic pink Ohio-bred climber with scrolled HT-like buds

BLUSH HIP (1840) tender pink on a tough plant, the alba that acts like a gallica

BLUSHING LUCY (Williams 1938) shiny soft pink rambler, fragrant and healthy

BUTTERSCOTCH (Warriner 1986) stunning light brown large-flowered climbing rose

CAPTAIN THOMAS (Thomas 1935) spectacular single-petaled yellow climbing hybrid tea

CARDINAL DE RICHELIEU (Parmentier 1840) purple/slate, if you grow only one gallica..

CHAMPLAIN (Svejda 1982) crimson kordesii shrub, heavy bloomer, ideal bushy habit

CHARLES DE MILLS (<1746) gallica, what they called red back then, plant and stand back

CLEalta (Clements 1998) dazzling coral-orange sport of Altissimo

COMPLICATA (Vibert 1835) gallica hybrid, simply one of the most beautiful single-petaleds

CONSTANCE SPRY (1961) large pink shrub; the original David Austin English rose

CORYLUS (LeRougetel 1988) blooms, autumn foliage color & hips: a rose for all seasons

COUNTRY LIVING (Austin 1991) delicate light pink blooms on winter-hardy shrub

COURTNEY MARIE (Schroeck 2017) single-petaled bright red polyantha, always in bloom

CRESCENDO (Zary 2011) cream and pink exhibition hybrid tea, best on its own roots

CRIMSON BLUSH (Sievers 1988) a solid wall of big, fluffy red blooms every spring

DEMBROWSKI (Vibert 1849) deep cerise red hybrid perpetual with vigor; repeats well

DIXIELAND LINDA (Beales 1996) apricot salmon sport of Boerner's Aloha

DR HUEY (Thomas 1914) large-flowered rambler, somber red with bright yellow stamens

DR W VAN FLEET (VanFleet 1910) powerful large-flowered rambler, light pink and fragrant

DOMSTADT FULDA (Kordes 1994) shapely floribunda, intensely orange-red

DOUBLOONS (Horvath 1934) vigorous golden yellow Ohio-bred climber, Wooster rescue

DUPUY JAMAIN (Jamain 1868) ultra fragrant hybrid perpetual, crimson with silvery reverse

ELINA (Dickson 1984) ideal yellow hybrid tea for northern Ohio

EVEREST DOUBLE FRAGRANCE (Beales 1980) tall, free-blooming, pale honey floribunda

FAIR BIANCA (Austin 1982) classic white floribunda-style English rose

FARA SHIMBO (Barden 2005) well-mannered moss, nearly black with golden stamens

FELICITAS (Kordes 1998) superb single-petaled bright pink landscaping shrub

FISHERMAN'S FRIEND (Austin 1988) crimson, still best rose ever named for a cough drop

FRANCE DE BERVILLE (Eve 2001) lovely cherry red nitida hybrid, a plantsman's rose

FRAU KARL DRUSCHKI (Lambert 1901) ivory tower hybrid perpetual, heading toward HT

GALLICANDY (Barden 2003) bubblegum pink, profuse, modern gallica

GENERAL CAVAIGNAC (Margottin 1850) crimson-scarlet HP with real Old Rose character

GEORGE VANCOUVER (Ogilvie 1994) light red, Explorer most like a hybrid tea

GESCHWIND'S NORDLANDROSE (1884) very double pink, indestructible setigera hybrid

GOLDEN GATE (Kordes 2005) best yellow climbing rose for Ohio

GRUSS AN GERMERSHAUSEN (Alfons 1926) eyecatching rambler, 5-petaled redcurrant

HAPPY WANDERER (1954>) profuse climbing sport of red polyantha Happy

HARISON'S YELLOW (1830) the Yellow Rose of Texas and Pioneer Rose everywhere else

HART CRANE (Schneider 2010) purple single-petaled rugosa, a top exhibition classic shrub

HEINRICH KARSCH (Leenders 1927) cute, prolific mauve polyantha

HUGH DICKSON (Dickson 1905) larger-than-life fragrant rose-red hybrid perpetual

ILLUSION (Kordes 1961) classic free-blooming cinnabar red kordesii climber

INDIGO (Laffay 1830) compact constant-blooming purple portland

INTERNATIONAL HERALD TRIBUNE (Harkness 1984) purple patio rose

JAMES MASON (Beales 1982) blood red modern gallica for hedge or back of border

JAYNE AUSTIN (Austin 1990) elegant amber [and yes we have spelled this correctly;)]

JESSICA (Walsh 1910) vigorous American-bred rambler, pink with hints of mauve

KANEGEM (RVS 1982) neon orange Dutch floribunda, hybrid tea-type

KEAN (1820?) purple pink gallica, recommended to all who dislike complicated OGR names

LA BELLE SULTANE (Dupont c. 1795) golden stamens erupting from silky purple petals

LA FRANCE (Guillot 1867) light pink, the original hybrid tea, still vigorous and fragrant

LADY SALISBURY (Austin 2012) scarce pink, popular with people named Lady Salisbury

LEMON BLUSH (Sievers 1988) huge lemon-colored, lemon-scented blooms, thornless

LIME SUBLIME (Dickson 2005) very clean white floribunda, buds washed green

LIONS INTERNATIONAL (Fryer 1998) free-blooming bright yellow hybrid tea

LOUIS VAN TYLE (<1846) opulent lavender pink gallica, spreading wider than tall

LOVE'S KISS (J&P 2010) bright coral, under-the-radar exhibition hybrid tea

LUCY IRENE (Nicholson 2012) soft pink sport of William Baffin; lovely and just as tough

MME ALFRED CARRIERE (Schwartz 1879) cream globes, noisette that's hardy in Ohio

MME HARDY (Hardy 1832) ivory cream damask, the green-eyed bewitcher

MARCHESA BOCCELLA (Desprez 1842) easy-growing, free-blooming light pink HP

MARCHIONESS OF LORNE (Paul 1889) vigorous hybrid perpetual, cerise with hint of silver

MARIA LIESA (Liebau 1936) cheery 5-petaled bright pink, thornless rambler or large shrub

MAYOR OF CASTERBRIDGE (Austin 1996) tall pink, Austin charm + Explorer hardiness

MECENE (Vibert 1845) compact gallica, white stripes running out of deep pink petals

MEIN SCHONER GARTEN (Kordes 1997) tall, healthy, pure pink shrub

MERVEILLE DE LYON (Pernet 1882) silky white long-lasting hybrid perpetual

MIRANDA (deSansal 1869) exuberant candy pink semi-double portland

MRS OAKLEY FISHER (Cant 1921) constant golden amber single-petaled HT

MON PETIT CHOU (Kordes 2010) giant cabbagey coral-pink, controversial/fun

MORDEN 6910 (1970) arrest-me red, tall; better than some named Mordens

MORGENROT (Kordes 1985) loud bright red single-petaled compact shrub

MORGENSONNE (Kordes 1988) easy-growing winter-hardy yellow climber

MORNING MIST (Austin 1997) hugely underrated, large 5-petaled orange-coral

NIGHTINGALE (Herholdt 1970) pink/silver hybrid tea that cannot be killed

ORIENTAL CHARM (Duerhsen 1960) lacquered vermilion, 10-petaled HT beauty

PARK WILHELMSHOHE (Kordes 1987) notably clean modern gallica, softer pink

PAUL NEYRON (Levet 1869) huge blooms, huge fragrance, Neyron pink


PIERRE NOTTING (Portemer 1863) beautiful HP, crimson with purple sheen

PINK PAVEMENT  (Baum 1991) rugged deep pink hybrid rugosa, lots of hips

PINK ROADRUNNER (Uhll 2003) vigorous bright pink hybrid rugosa

PINK ROBIN (Lens 1992) rare R. helenae hybrid, tall and profuse

PINK SURPRISE (Lens 1987) saucer-size single-petaled light pink blooms

PORCELAINE DE CHINE (Lens 1996) great masses of pearlescent HT-like buds

PRAIRIE JOY (Collicutt 1990) very healthy clear pink upright shrub

ROBUSTA (Kordes 1979) rugosa hybrid; winning sprays of 5-petaled red blooms

R. ARKANSANA 'PEPPERMINT' pink dapples and stripes, top exhibition species

R. EGLANTERIA the Sweetbriar Rose, foliage scented of green apples

R. PALUSTRIS pink, the Swamp Rose, perfectly happy with wet feet, repeats

R. RUGOSA grown from seed, colors range from medium to deepest pink

R. VIRGINIANA robust single-petaled pink, native to Ohio as well as Virginia

ROSALINA (Kordes 1992) refined mauve/pink 5-petaled hybrid rugosa

ROSE DE RESCHT (re-int 1940s) intensely fragrant deep pink, always in bloom

ROSENSTADT ZWEIBRUCKEN (Kordes 1989) cheerful pink/coral/yellow shrub

SANDY (USDA 2000) improved selection of R. rugosa, thanks to the government

SCHLOSS SEUSSITZ (Dechant 1936) large yellow blooms on 9' arching shrub

SCHNEIDERII No. 3 (Schneider 2020) tree-climbing 5-petaled pink blend

SHOGUN (Tantau 2000) climber with elegant cherry red/pale gold blooms

SILVER QUEEN (Paul 1887) very rare silvery pink hybrid perpetual

SIMON ROBINSON (Guernsey 1982) exuberant 5-petaled clear pink mini-shrub


SOUVENIR DE McKINLEY (Godard 1902) powder pink, extremely rare HP X HT

STADT DEN HELDER (City of Heroes) (Illsink 1979) tall red floribunda

SUMMER WINE (Kordes 1985) 5-petal peach climber, cinnamon/cerise stamens

SUZANNE (Skinner 1949) the rock-hardy coral-salmon rose of the prairies

SWEET BOUQUET (Lens 1984) palest pink double hybrid musk, profuse

THE BISHOP (ancient) tall, deep pink/purple, centifolia/gallica

THE ENDEAVOUR (Austin 2006) compact orange-pink shrub with fragrance

THE FAIRY (Bentall 1932) our clone of the famous pink polyantha, great sprays

THE GERBE (Fauque 1904) early large-flowered climber, frosting pink, repeats

THE PRINCE (Austin 1990) deep crimson turning to extraordinary royal purple

THERESE BUGNET (Bugnet 1950) fragrant, very double indestructible rugosa

THOR (Horvath 1940) Ohio-bred setigera climber, huge bright crimson blooms

TURBO (Meilland 1994) lustrous coral pink rugosa hybrid, fully double and tall

URDH (Tantau 1930) wonderful deep pink hybrid perpetual with a funny name

VARIEGATA DI BOLOGNA (Bonfiglioli 1909) cupped vanilla with berry stripes


VEGESACKER CHARME (Kordes 2003) vigorous silver/coral 5-petaled shrub

WHITE ROADRUNNER (Uhl 2003) vigorous pure white hybrid rugosa

WICHMOSS (Barbier 1911) the iconic mossed rambler, light pink, now quite rare

WILLIAM BAFFIN (Svejda 1983) pink; most winter hardy repeating climber

WILLIAM LOBB (Laffay 1855) velvety crimson-mauve moss rose

WINDRUSH (Austin 1984) glowing pale yellow, semi-double, vigorous

Paul Jerabek Introductions For Sale

Own-root roses propagated at Freedom Gardens. 1-gallon pots. $20 each.

ANNE GRABER tall floribunda, wavy light red exhibition sprays SOLD OUT

AUNT RUTH strawberry/cream semi-double climber, trophies at national shows SOLD OUT

BROWN STUDY novelty brown-orange floribunda SOLD OUT

CAMILLE ROSE profuse, healthy clear pink shrub

CHATEAU DE VAIR 93 exuberant cerise/white polyantha, trophies at district shows

CONNIE pure yellow semi-double miniature, almost always in bloom SOLD OUT

DEBBIE LYNN long-stemmed ruby red hybrid tea SOLD OUT

ESTHER JERABEK pink polyantha-style floribunda SOLD OUT

FOREVER, MICHAEL JON pure pink grandiflora SOLD OUT

JERRY 'Double Delight' re-imagined as a grandiflora  SOLD OUT

JULES full-bodied red climber, repeating well SOLD OUT

JUSTINE MEE LIFF pink grandiflora for garden and cut flowers SOLD OUT

LORI rich orange large-flowered climber SOLD OUT

MELVIN pink/cream/mauve floribunda SOLD OUT

OUR PEARL vigorous climber, white with pink edge

PATRICIA C OPPMANN white floribunda, early Jerabek SOLD OUT

PAUL JERABEK superb white/pink, Paul's last and best climber SOLD OUT

PAULSPRIDE pastel large-flowered climber: pink, yellow and white SOLD OUT

PAW MAW mauve grandiflora, individually and in sprays SOLD OUT

PEGGY M many-petaled yellow and pink hand-painted shrub SOLD OUT

PETER JOHN apricot-pink large-flowered hybrid musk SOLD OUT

PHOTOGENIC stunning semi-double white with lipstick edge, climber/shrub

RAY'S JOY bright orange floribunda, most popular with people named Ray SOLD OUT

SNOWBELT polyantha, like having a white azalea blooming all summer long SOLD OUT

SUSAN SCHNEIDER  shrub, brillant yellow-changing-to-red in sprays, many trophies

SUSAN'S SISTER more intense colors in smaller sprays, vigorous floribunda SOLD OUT

THE CLERK multi-petaled bright red, large blooms on stalwart shrub SOLD OUT

WEE BUTTERFLIES (R.jerabekii) prolific pink/white polyantha, comes true from seed

WINE & ROSES exotic climber, inky zinfandel with pale rose reverse SOLD OUT

WINIFRED pink grandiflora, like 'Queen Elizabeth' with holding power SOLD OUT

WOMEN IN MILITARY very free blooming red shrub, one of Paul's best

ZENAITTA superb orange-red polyantha for exhibition and garden SOLD OUT

We're gratified by the interest in and demand for Paul's roses and have propagated a much bigger crop this year.  We are now able to accept advance orders for many of the varieties noted as "SOLD OUT" above.  These plants will be ready in June 2020.  Please contact Peter if you are interested.

We feature Paul Jerabek's roses but also have an excellent selection of modern hybrid teas, floribundas and shrubs from other rose breeders--all proven winter hardy in this climate--on our $20 sale tables.

Custom Propagation
We offer custom propagation of hard-to-find roses for patient rosarians.  Most roses are propagated on their own roots; a few that resist striking on their own are budded onto R. multiflora understock.  In most cases this takes 12-18 months but sometimes it can take longer. We can propagate any rose that is not under current patent or trademark.  Many people make a visit to our garden to choose what they would like to have propagated from our vast collection of hard-to-find roses.  We note roses unique to our nursery in the Combined Rose List.  And gardeners often want us to propagate an unknown but loved family heirloom rose.  In all cases custom propagation is $25 per plant, payable when the order is placed. We can only propagate a finite number of roses each year, and early ordering is always recommended.

Rare and Choice Lilacs For Sale

Own-root lilacs propagated at Freedom Gardens. 1-, 3- and 5-gallon pots. $25 each.

ALBERT HOLDEN purple/white, best bicolor lilac, Fiala introduction

AMI SCHOTT heirloom double blue SOLD OUT

ANABEL pink, tall, earliest to bloom

AVALANCHE white, tall, Fiala introduction

BETSY ROSS white, bushy habit, early to bloom

BLUE EYES prolific single-petaled sky blue, raised by Susan Schneider

CROIX DE BRAHY heirloom pink, wide habit

FERNAND PEGOT magenta, rarely in commerce SOLD OUT

FRANK'S FANCY striking modern dark purple

IVORY SILK shapely tree, blooms late and long

KINGSVILLE blue, free-blooming SOLD OUT

KOSMOS stunning purple, Communist lilac SOLD OUT

LOIS AMEE UTLEY pink/lavender, Fiala introduction SOLD OUT

MAIDEN'S BLUSH pink, healthy, early to bloom

MARECHAL FOCH heirloom reddish-pink SOLD OUT

McMASTER CENTENNIAL huge white panicles SOLD OUT

MISS MILLIE double bright rose, tall, upright* SOLD OUT

NADEZHDA double blue/mauve, Communist lilac SOLD OUT

NARRAGANSETT lavender, fast-growing SOLD OUT

P P KONCHALOVSKI big blue, Communist lilac SOLD OUT

PAT PESATA pink/blue, compact, extremely rare Fiala introduction

PAUL THIRION heirloom double magenta/purple

REDWINE magenta, bushy, late-blooming prestonia SOLD OUT

ST JOAN double white, elegant, compact, one of the rare Rowancroft lilacs SOLD OUT

VICTOR LEMOINE heirloom double lavender SOLD OUT

YANKEE DOODLE soft violet, free-blooming, Fiala introduction

ZNAMYA LENINA (Banner of Lenin) breath-taking red-violet, Communist lilac SOLD OUT

COMMUNIST LILAC = the stunning introductions of the Soviet Union's Leonid Kolesnikov. Many have names such as Banner of Lenin or Communist Youth League, or honor heroes of the Revolution.

FIALA INTRODUCTION = the creations of Father John L. Fiala, the renowned lilac-hybridizing priest of Medina, Ohio.

* - we are pleased to re-introduce this excellent cultivar created by Wayne Hughes, proprietor of The Lilac Farm in Cambridge Springs, Pennsylvania from 1990 until 2005..

...and one rescued lilac


Vigorous, healthy growth to 9'. Blooms top to bottom for a long time, bright purple fading to violet. Large florets in impressive panicles. Some flowers have 5 or 6 petals instead of the usual 4; petals twist at final stage of opening. Fragrance is pure but not as overwhelming as from some vulgaris hybrids. One of the most impressive lilacs in our collection, and despite visits to the Holden Arboretum, Royal Botanical Gardens (Burlington, Ontario) and Highland Park (Rochester, New York) we have not been able to discover its original name.  Rescued from the Biltz homestead on Lynn Road in Rootstown, Ohio.

Rose/lilac availability list updated 14 October 2019.