Gardens Party


September 28
6:30 - 9:00pm

Honoring Jeff Jabco
and the Rutgers Gardens Interns



Beer Garden

Join us for an outdoor beer garden as we celebrate and support the Rutgers Gardens Internship Program. This popular event brings together a number of local brews, light fare and music for a casual evening outdoors.

Since 1994, the Internship program has educated 205 students in the Gardens. The first year, 3 students worked at the Gardens and learned about garden maintenance. The program has grown substantially since those days, now averaging 14 students each year! In addition to the hands-on experience and training they receive in the important aspect of garden maintenance, we have been continually working to enhance the educational components, which included the addition of 3-credit courses in Public Garden Management and The Principles and Practices of Small-Scale Organic Farming, in collaboration with Office of Agriculture and Urban Programs.

2017 Hamilton Award

Jeff Jabco, director of grounds at Swarthmore College and coordinator of horticulture at the Scott Arboretum will be honored as the 2017 recipient of the Hamilton Award. Jeff Jabco exemplifies Dr. Hamilton who is an unsung hero, a quiet leader, or patient mentor in the field of horticulture.


You do not want to miss this popular event. See the invitation for full details. To register online please visit

2017 Honorary Co-Chairs
Chancellor Emeritus of
Rutgers University–New Brunswick
Richard Edwards and Carol Edwards

2017 Host Committee

Jamie Collins
Bruce Crawford
Harriett Druskin
Wayne Dubin
Thomas Gianfagna
Bob Goodman
Elizabeth Johnson
Daryl Kobesky


Laura Lawson
Robert Lyons
Melissa McKillip
Susan O’Donnell
Mary Ann Schrum
Jeanne Shanley
Mary Warshauer


2017 Party sponsors


Lilac Party Sponsors

Greewood Gardens
Wolfram Hoefer and Geza G. Schenk
Pleasant Run Nursery

Other Party Sponsors

Blue Ribbon Awards, Inc.
Fernbrook Nursery, Inc
Greenwood Gardens
Liz Johnson
Ann F. Rhoads
Winfield United


Fund an Intern Donors

Ilonka Angalet
Athena Angelus
BCN Horticultural Services, LLC
Thomas A. Calamia
Jerry Conway
Louise Davis
Sue and Ed DePalma
Joyce & Rick Donovan
Carol English
Mary Forsberg and Carl Pray
Rodney P. Frelinghuysen
Anne Galli
Carol Hamlin
Hemphill Associates, Inc.
Mr. & Ms. Paul D. Jabco
Jeanette Johnson
Beverly Kazickas
Ingeborg Langer
Elizabeth G. Lilleston
David Marrus
Paula Planer
Tony O’Reilly & Associates
Francis J. Rura
Sacco’s Landscape, Inc.
Jeanne Shanley
Joseph Turchi, Jr. – Tera Vita
Jan Warshauer
Jeanette and John Wiegartner
Pat and John Wilson
Thomas & Terry Zane


Photos from the 2016 Party Honoring Ann Rhoads

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