Gardens Gala
September 11, 2014
5:00 - 9:00 pm

2014 Distinguished Achievement
in Horticulture Award is presented to

New Jersey Audubon


New Jersey Audubon


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.


2014 Hamilton Award for
Dedication and Outstanding Commitment
to Rutgers Gardens is presented posthumously to

Donald B. Lacey


Donald B Lacey

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.


2014  Gala Host Committee

Ilonka Angalet

Francis Barchi
Rutgers University

Bruce Crawford
Director, Rutgers Gardens

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

Janet Lacey

Dominick Mondi

Eric Stiles
President & CEO, New Jersey Audubon


Wine Pull information



2013 Gala

See the video from the 2013 Gala produced by RUTV

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


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
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.