Gardens Party

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The 2017 Gardens Party will be held on Wednesday, September 28.


On Thursday, September 22, 2016 Rutgers Gardens celebrated its Centennial Anniversary at the Gardens Party. To celebrate this momentous occasion the inaugural Hamilton Award, named for Director Emeritus, Dr. Bruce Hamilton, was presented to Dr. Ann F. Rhoads, recently retired associate of the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Rhoads exemplifies Dr. Hamilton who is an unsung hero, a quiet leader, or patient mentor in the field of horticulture. The award was presented to Dr. Rhoads by Dr. Ari Novy, Executive Director, and U.S. Botanic Garden. Dr. Ari Novy was a Graduate Research Fellow at Rutgers from 2006-2012, earning his PhD in plant biology in 2012.

The cocktail hour, at this year’s Gardens Party was made festive and fun as the Log Cabin and Pavilion were turned into a Wonderland.  With the help of re-Think Theatrical, curious guests were encouraged to get up close and personal at the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, play croquet with the King and Queen of hearts or solve riddles with Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum.

2017 Hamilton Award

Event Sponsors


Anonymous Donor
"With heartfelt gratitude for Doc Hamilton
Harriett and Bob Druskin

Bartlett Tree Experts
Colleen Goggins
Mary and Jim Warshauer
Ann Wiss


Ilonka Angalet
David & Mary Lou Earl
East Coast Landscape Contractors
Ellen & Bruce Hamilton
Paul T. Imbarrato
Elizabeth Johnson
New Jersey Chapter American Society of Landscape Architects
New Jersey Turf Grass Association

Addional Sponsors

Onnolee Allieri
AM Leonard
BCN Horticultural Services, LLC
Jane S. Reynolds Bersch
Joseph & Robin Hemphill
Dan & Ibby Hertz
Legends Catering
Bobbi Longstreet
Robert B. Markey
Dr. William and Jane Meyer
Vivian Morrison

Elwin & Portia Orton
Tony O'Reilly & Associates
Joan Panacek
Sacco's Landscape, Inc.
Margaret & John Snyder
Donald M. Tomasik
Julie A. Valerio
Jan Warshauer
John  & Connie Webster
Karen & Larry Whitehaus



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