Gardens Gala
September 12, 2013
5:00 - 9:00 pm

Dr. Francis Barchi and Michael Catania Roy H. DeBoer and Kent Hitshew
Dr. Francis Barchi and Michael Catania
Kent Hiteshew, CC '76 and Roy H. DeBoer

2013 Distinguished Achievement
in Horticulture Award is presented to

Duke Farms

  Duke Farms Duke Farms logo

This award recognizes an individual or group who has made noteworthy
contributions in the promotion and stewardship of public horticulture.  


2013 Hamilton Award for
Dedication and Outstanding Commitment
to Rutgers Gardens is presented to

Roy H. DeBoer, FASLA, LLA# 00001


Ever Green Garden
Roy H. DeBoer Evergreen Garden

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. 

Roy H. DeBoer played a crucial role in the design and development of the Gardens during his 58 - year career at Rutgers University. For several years in the late 1950s, he served as director of the display gardens, (then called the Rutgers Display Gardens). In 1958, he designed and created the “Evergreen Garden”  that currently bears his name. Roy continues to serve as an advisor to Rutgers Gardens.

This year's dinner featured foods from some of our Jersey Fresh vendors, from our weekly farm Market - Chick A Dee Creek, Pennington, NJ, Frank's Pickled Peppers, Dayton, NJ, Davidson's Mushrooms Pennsauken, NJ, Cook Campus Farm, New Brunswick, NJ and Fulper Farms, Lambertville, NJ, . The wine was provided by Unionville Vineyards and the beer Flying Fish Brewing Company, Somerdale, NJ and Cricket Hill Brewery, Fairfield, NJ.

The evening also included a Wine Pull which took the place of the Silent Auctions. Guests had the opportunity to purchase a chance(s) to "pull" numbered wine corks that correspond to a bottles of wine which ranged in value from $30 to $120. All of the wine in the Wine Pull was donated by Gardens supporters. This new fundraising event proved to be fun for all who attended. There was even a Trading Post were guest could trade their wine - it became quite competitive!

See the video of this years Gala produced by RUTV

pavilion wine pull
Dinner in the Pavilion
Wine Pull in the Cabin


2013  Gala Host Committee

Robert M. Goodman
Executive Dean, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences

Bruce Crawford
Director, Rutgers Gardens

Michael Catania
Executive Director
Duke Farms Foundation

Ilonka Angalet

Roy K. DeBoer

Paul and Diane Guidone
Rumson, New Jersey

Dominick Mondi

2013 Gala Benefactor Committee

Douglas and Mai Blonsky
Scott Lewendon and Jock Lewendon
Steve Bonsall
Timothy G. Malone, Guaranteed Landscaping, Inc.
Pier Davis / Monrovia Nursery
Elwin and Portia Orton
Julius Gy. Fábos
Mary E. Forsberg and Carl E. Pray
Jeffrey Grob and Gary Sorge / Stantec
Shirley A. Smoyak
Kent Hiteshew
Tree-Tech, Inc.
Wolfram Hoefer and Geza G. Schenk
Christine and Casimir Kulikowski
Ann and Norman Wiss

Event Sponsors

Rai Behnert
Morris County Farms, Inc.
Mr. & Mrs. John W. Bersch
Kurt & Barbara Nathan
Thomas A. Calamia
Bruce Neary / BCN Horticultural Services LLC
Sharon and John Ciulla
David E. Repnicki
Jan DeBoer
Sacco's Landscape, Inc.
Wayne G. Douglas
Carmela R. Schommer
Marina Kerber
Nikki Taussig
Carole Kurtz
Col. (Ret.) Donald M. Tomasik
Landscape Perceptions
Eugene & Ruth Varney
Sigrid & Bud Lenzing
John & Connie Webster
Elizabeth Lilleston
John & Harriet Worobey


Wine Pull Donors

Ilonka Angalet
Richard & Elizabeth Lilleston
Bartlett Tree Experts / Wayne Dubin
Kevin McLaughlin
Asa Berger
William & Jane Meyer
Brent Material Company / Linda Vollers
Margaret O'Donnell
Mary Carpenter-Kupsch
Susan O'Donnell
Jamie Collins
Elizabeth Oliu
Crystal Springs Resort / Julie Mulvihill
Kathy Owens
Laura DePrado
Carl Pray & Mary Forsberg
Harriett & Bob Druskin
Ann & Robert Rafano
Colleen Goggins
Gene Schaefer
Richard & Marie Gons
Frank Scheppe
Bob & Lauren Goodman
Jayne Spector
Paul & Diane Guidone
Ann & Abe Suydam
Richard Hesselein
Jan Warshauer
Wolfram Hoefer & Geza G. Schenk
Mary and Jim Warshauer
Casimir & Christine Kulikowski
Wicki Wholesale Stone / Chris Nordstrom
Jock Lewendon


Past Award Winners

Distinguished Achievement
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


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.