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 of IRTG is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable organization (EID 85-2892999), 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
  • Marjike Dixon, Treasurer
  • Michael Humphrey
  • Juanita Lewis
  • Pat Frobes, ex-officio & liaison to Friends of Peninsula Park Rose Garden
  • Rachel Burlington, Adviser to BOD, PP&R staff & IRTG curator