The mission of the Friends of the International Rose Test Garden is to preserve, protect, and enhance the rose garden as a heritage resource and destination for the community of Portland, Oregon, and for visitors from around the world.  We recruit and support rose garden volunteers, increase public awareness of the rose garden, and support efforts to maintain and improve the rose garden.

In partnership with Portland Parks and Recreation, we strive to exhibit roses that are thriving, disease resistant and weed free, to offer a superior visitor experience with the public who are informed and captivated by rose growing and the significance of roses to Portland’s history as the Rose City, and to conduct fund-raising to support these activities.