Do you know someone doing great work in horticulture? Have you been inspired by one of your peers or colleagues working with and around plants?  Do you know an industry leader worthy of recognition?

Rutgers Gardens is pleased to present the call for nominations for the prestigious Hamilton Award, which will be presented at its Gardens Party in the fall.  This award honors Dr. Bruce Hamilton and seeks to represent the best of plantsmen and women who are quiet, inspirational leaders. 

Dr. Bruce Hamilton (College of Agriculture and Environmental Science '60), associate professor of landscape architecture, is a well-recognized expert in ornamental horticulture and is considered one of the best teachers at Cook College. Hamilton has garnered more awards from the students for his teaching than any other professor at Cook, including being selected Alpha Zeta Professor of the Year five separate times. He also was recognized by his peers with the Cook College Excellence in Teaching Award for 1994. Dr. Hamilton was also a very active instructor in the Continuing and Professional Education "Short Course" program and was in high demand throughout the state for talks at local Garden Clubs.

The Hamilton Award and 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.

Nomination details and highlights of the 2016 Hamilton Award recipient, Dr. Ann Rhoads, can be found here.

The deadline to receive nomination materials is May 1, 2017 and the recipient will be announced on or about July 15, 2017.  Please note that all nominees from last year who did not receive the Award will be automatically reconsidered again, this year.