This award recognizes an individual or group who has made noteworthy
contributions in the promotion and stewardship of public horticulture.
The New Jersey Audubon fosters environmental awareness and a conservation ethic among New Jersey's citizens; protects New Jersey's birds, mammals, other animals, and plants, especially endangered and threatened species; and promotes preservation of New Jersey's valuable natural habitats.
This award recognizes an individual who has been a friend of Rutgers Gardens
and played a pivotal role in the design and development of the Gardens.
This year's DOC Award will be presented to Janet Lacey, daughter of the late Donald B. Lacey, Extension Specialist in Home Horticulture. In 1964, Donald was appointed to replace the iris collection in the Gardens with a display of annuals that would remain colorful all summer long. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Display Garden, which was formally named the Donald B. Lacey Display Garden in 1987.
Director, Rutgers Gardens
Robert M. Goodman
Executive Dean, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences
President & CEO, New Jersey Audubon
See the video from the 2013 Gala produced by RUTV
Dr. Francis Barchi and Michael Catania
Kent Hiteshew, CC '76 and Roy H. DeBoer
Dinner in the Pavilion
Wine Pull in the Cabin
in Horticulture Award
Hamilton Award for Dedication and Outstanding Commitment to Rutgers Gardens
|2007||Dr. Bruce Hamilton|
|2008||Garden Club of New Jersey|
|2009||Rutgers Alumni Association|
|2010||Douglas Blonsky, RLA||Dr. Elwin Orton|
|2011||Wolfgang Oehme, FSLA||Diane Guidone|
|2012||Rick Darke||Kube-Pak Corporation|
|2013||Duke Farms||Roy H. DeBoer|
The Gardens Annual Gala helps to raise the funds which support Gardens operations and expansion. The Rutgers Gardens is used by students in the horticulture and landscape architecture undergraduate programs as well as many other educational and outreach programs. The Gardens hosts groups who come to learn from them as well as enjoy all of the different features of gardening currently on display. The Gardens and its staff are a source of training for gardeners of all levels, from beginners to the Master Gardener.