September 26, 2019 | 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Gardens Party is an evening for friends and fellow garden enthusiasts to gather in support of the Gardens and the Internship Program.
Each year at the Gardens Party we present the Hamilton Award in honor of Dr. Bruce Hamilton, Director Emeritus of Rutgers Gardens. This award recognizes an instructor or mentor in the field of professional horticulture, who embodies the essence of educational selflessness by helping others to advance while placing personal ambition aside. To this end, the ideal nominee is not involved with horticulture for personal gain, but rather to share their passion of plants and the further advancement of those whose lives he or she graces.
This year’s Gardens Party, on Thursday, September 26, is a celebration of Cook’s Market. Our weekly farm market, now housed in its permanent green-roof structure, features vendors of local and Jersey-fresh products, many of which will be featured at the event. We will also be joined for a book signing by chef, grocer, and television personality “Produce Pete” Napolitano, who is well known across the state for his weekly fruit and vegetable segments on NBC affiliates in the greater New York and Philadelphia areas. For ticket information visit Rutgers Gardens Party.
2019 Hamilton Award
Dennis Werner, Ph.D.
Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor at North Carolina State University
We are pleased to announce Dr. Dennis Werner as the 2019 recipient of The Hamilton Award, Rutgers’ national designation in the field of Horticulture.
Werner earned a bachelor’s degree in horticulture in 1973 from Pennsylvania State University, followed by master’s and doctoral degrees in horticulture from Michigan State University. Beginning a distinguished career in horticulture at NCSU in 1979 as an assistant professor in the Department of Horticultural Science, he worked his way to full professor in 1988 and became a J.C. Raulston Distinguished Professor in 2013. He has authored or co-authored 74 peer-reviewed articles and is renowned for breeding new fruit varieties, with more than two dozen cultivar releases to his name. His specializations include various aspects of peach breeding and genetics, although he has also focused on ornamental plant breeding and genetics, with an emphasis on Cercis (redbud) and Buddleja (butterfly bush).
A fellow of the American Society for Horticultural Science, Werner has received a number of awards, including the Kim Powell Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Horticulture Industry from the North Carolina Nursery and Landscape Association, and was recently named the Alumni Association Distinguished Undergraduate Professor by North Carolina State University.
We are extremely pleased to honor Dr. Werner this year. He will be accepting the award and monetary prize at the Gardens Party on September 26.