Who We Are

The Friends of International Rose Test Garden (IRTG)

Anybody who volunteers at the IRTG is automatically a member of the Friends of IRTG.  We are from all over Portland, bonded in our love for this rose garden and Portland’s iconic identity as the Rose City.  We are experienced rose growers, many are OR State University Master Gardeners, and many are rose novices wanting to increase their rose knowledge.  All are committed to providing public service to the thousands of visitors from around the world.  The Friends group is a non-profit Oregon Corporation, dedicated to preserve, protect, and enhance the International Rose Test Garden in Washington Park,

The Friends Board

The Friends BOD was established in 2015 and Directors serve three year terms.  Be sure to say hello to them in the rose garden!

The current BOD is:

  • Kimberly Bown, President
  • Madeline Forsyth, Vice-President
  • Harriet Ottaviano, Secretary-Treasurer
  • Michael Humphrey
  • Gretchen Humphrey
  • Michael Herrera
  • Harry Landers
  • Rachel Burlington, Adviser to BOD, PP&R staff & IRTG curator