Rutgers Gardens Wins Environmental Stewardship Award From Turfgrass Industry

L-R: Matt Sweatlock, president, NJTA; Bruce Crawford, manager of Rutgers Gardens; and Keith Kubik, past president, NJTA and current president of its foundation

The Rutgers Gardens, a self-sustaining botanical garden on the New Brunswick campus, has won the 2012 New Jersey Turfgrass Association Environmental Stewardship Award, in recognition of its “ongoing environmental preservation and conservation commitments through the act of education.” The association, whose mission is to promote the turfgrass industry in the state, honors “a person or organization in recognition of a continuing commitment to environmental preservation and conservation.”

Bruce Crawford, manager of the Rutgers Gardens, was on hand at the turfgrass association’s 37th Annual New Jersey Green Expo in Atlantic City to receive the award. The Rutgers Gardens, which boasts one of the largest collections of American Hollies in the United States, leads by example, engaging in continuing instructional efforts regarding environmental conservation. It hosts a wide range of public activities each year to provide support for the care of over 180 acres of maintained and natural areas, and offers a wide range of educational programs.

Rutgers Professor Stacy Bonos from the Department of Plant Biology and Pathology haas also been recognized with this NJTA award, winning the association’s Environmental Stewardship Award in 2009.