About Us

Who We Are

We are volunteers who care for the Roses in the All American Rose Garden as well as the Friendship Garden. The All American Rose Garden was started in 1987. The land is leased from the Richmond Parks Department. The EG Hill garden was begun in 1937. It and fountain adjacent to us is maintained by the Richmond Parks Department.

Our 2016-2017 Board had 9 members: Beth Van Der Burgt-President, Elaine Tiernan-Vice President, Steve Hayes Jr-Secretary, Jack Buckland-Treasurer, Mary Bogue, Kathy Lucid, Ann Herrman, Ellen Johnson, Ann White (not pictured)

2017-2018 Board:

  • Beth Van Der Burgt- President
  • Elaine Tiernan-Vice President
  • Steve Hayes Jr.-Secretary
  • Jack Buckland-Treasurer
  • Ann Herrman
  • Ellen Johnson
  • Ann White
  • Mary Bogue
  • Dick Benner
  • Kathy Lucid-Lifetime Board member
  • Mike Devine-Lifetime Board member


In 2012, we celebrated our 25th Anniversary. We gave out 3 Awards on June 6, 2012. The awards and the recipients were:

  • John Pemberton – Quarter Century Award
  • Don Royer – Founders Award
  • Jim Daggy – Friendship Award

In 2017, we celebrated our 30th Anniversary on June 7th. We again gave out 3 Awards. 

Jim Fisher-Founders Award

Lorrie Foust – Friendship over the Years

AJ Daggy- Pearl Award

We also have a Volunteer of the Year award.

Congrats to Steve Hayes Jr. on receiving the 2016 Volunteer of the Year!

Congrats to Bob Sickmann 2016 Friend of the Rose Garden  Award recipient.





Walking on Sunshine





The previous Volunteer of the year recipients are: Bob Sickmann-2010, Gerald Smith-2011, Mike Devine-2012, Pat Jarvis-2013, Ann Herrman-2014, Kathy Lucid-2015, Steve Hayes Jr.-2014, Diana Pappin-2015

The previous Friend of the Rose Garden recipients are: Steve Hayes Jr.-2014, Diana Pappin-2015

What We Do

The Richmond Rose Garden is maintained almost exclusively by local dedicated volunteers who offer their talents in rose care as well as significant amounts of time tending the garden. Volunteering can involve anything from weeding for two hours, adopting and maintaining one of the beautiful beds, to becoming involved by serving on the Board of Directors that meets once a month to consider and address the needs of the garden. We also have several committees on which volunteers participate.

How to plant Roses: click here for a quick guide.

For a $100 fee, the Victorian Gazebo with electrical outlets can be reserved for weddings and special events. Please call (765) 983-7275 for details.

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Volunteers are also available to give tours of the Rose Garden so stop by for a visit!