About Us



This beautiful rendering of the Gene Strowd Community Rose Garden was created by award-winning textile collage artist Elaine O’Neil in commemoration of our 15th Anniversary in 2016.

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Gene & Irene Strowd

About Irene and Gene Strowd

In endowing the foundation, Mrs. Irene Harrison Strowd of Chapel Hill wished to honor the memory of her husband, Fletcher Eugene Strowd, by providing in perpetuity for the maintenance and care of the Gene Strowd Community Rose Garden (which he founded) and by funding projects and nonprofits that improve the quality of life for residents of Chapel Hill-Carrboro. Irene’s sister, Gladis Harrison Adams also left her estate to us. 

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Board Members & Staff

For 13 years, Strowd Roses operated solely under a volunteer board of committed community members.

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