About

The Portland Rose Society was established in 1889 by Mrs. Georgiana Pittock, the wife of the first Oregonian publisher, and some of her neighbors and friends. Their vision was that the glory of the rose would be perpetuated through the years by Portlanders for Portland. Their dream has been kept in focus for over one hundred years by dedicated rose gardeners. From the first rose show in Mrs. Pittock’s own garden in King Heights, to today’s extravaganzas at the Lloyd Center ice pavilion, the Rose Society has kept alive the intent and purpose of growing and showing the best of the best of roses for the enjoyment of the citizens of Portland.

Today, the Rose Society membership is strong and growing. Aside from presenting one of the premier rose shows in the United States, we have built the Gold Medal Garden and its bower at the Washington Park International Rose Test Garden and aid in the rose pruning there. We conduct rose pruning demonstrations in the late winter at several locations, sponsor two other rose shows and give free rose growing advice and assistance to those who request it.

Our dream, as we enter the twenty-first century, is to continue the tradition and encourage all who would do so to join us in this very happy and worthwhile endeavor.

2023 -2024 Portland Rose Society Executive Board

RoleName
PresidentJim Stahl
1st Vice
President
Mike Humphrey
2nd Vice
President
Kimberly Bown
TreasurerKatherine Johnson
Recording
Secretary
Janet Rickel
Membership
Secretary
Emily Hastings

2023-2024 Volunteer Board

RoleName
Advisory
Committee
Cheryl McClain and
Kathy Schach
Advisory
Committee
Chair
Emily Hastings
American
Rose
Society
Liaison
Gretchen Humphrey
AttireMolly Bauck
Chatter
Co-Editors
Dr. Charold Baer and
Dr. Rich Baer
CommunicationsMolly Bauck
Finance
Committee
Dr. Charold Baer and
Mike Humphrey
Finance
Committee
Chair
Katherine Johnson
Gold Award
Garden Chair
Paul Raab
Hospitality
Co-Chairs
Marjorie Foglesong and
Sandi Decker
Judges
Co-Chairs
Mike and
Gretchen Humphrey
LibrarianKathy Kromm
Members
at Large
Shelagh Kaseburg and
Shirley Roggen
Outreach
Chair
Judy Fleck
Pacific
North West
District
Liaison
Gretchen Humphrey
ParliamentarianDr. Charold Baer
Portland
Parks
Liaison
Rachel Burlington
Product
Sales
Consortium
Pat Adams,
Jim Fogelsong, and
Bill Hemmerling
Product
Sales
Consortium
Chair
Bill Hettick
Program ChairDr. Charold Baer
Promotions,
Publicity
and Planning
Committee
Gretchen Humphrey
PropertiesJerry Bauck
Rose
Show
Clerk
Chair
Judy Fleck
Trophy
Chair
Dr. Charold Baer
WebmasterMargaret Forslund