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 with the land being leased from the Richmond Parks Department. The EG Hill garden started in 1937, and it, along with the water fountain, is maintained by the Richmond Parks Department. The Rose Garden Board meets the fourth Tuesday each month from January through November at the Charles House, Wayne County Foundation office, or various venues as needed. Board members serve 3 year renewable terms.

Beginning January 1, 2020 Board Members:

  • Beth Van Der Burgt, President
  • Kelly Van Vleet, Vice President
  • Lisa Burkhardt, Secretary
  • Jack Buckland, Treasurer
  • Ann Herrman
  • Elaine Tiernan
  • Ann White
  • Dick Benner
  • Mary Bogue
  • Carvin Rinehart
  • Kay Koger
  • Kathy Lucid-Lifetime Board member
  • Mike Devine-Lifetime Board member

2018-2019 Board:

Beth Van Der Burgt(President), Elaine Tiernan(VicePresident), Ann White(Secretary), Jack Buckland(Treasurer), Ann Herrman, Ellen Johnson, Kelly Van Vleet(replacing Steve Hayes Jr.), Mary Bogue, Dick Benner, Lisa Burkhardt, Kathy Lucid, and Mike Devine.


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 giving out 3 Awards. 

Jim Fisher-Founders Award

Lorrie Foust – Friendship over the Years

AJ Daggy- Pearl Award

 Volunteer of the Year award and Friend of the Garden Award.


Congratulations to Dick Benner Volunteer of the Year 2018

Congratulations Monica Koechlein Friend of the Rose Garden 2018











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.-2016, Elaine Tiernan-2017, Dick Benner 2018.

The previous Friend of the Rose Garden recipients are: Steve Hayes Jr.-2014, Diana Pappin-2015, Bob Sickmann-2016, Theresa Scruggs-2017, Monica Koechlein 2018




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.   Click here to view the sections and map of the Rose Garden

For a $200 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!