The Hamilton Award and $1000 cash prize are presented each year to an unsung hero, a quiet leader, or patient mentor in the field of professional horticulture. It honors the tremendously impactful, though often understated, Dr. Bruce Hamilton, Director Emeritus, Rutgers Gardens.

This award seeks to recognize those who embody the essence of selflessness by helping others advance and who place personal ambition aside for the greater good. The ideal nominee is not involved with horticulture for personal gain, but rather for the love of plants and a dedication to the advancement of those plant lovers whose lives they grace.