2014 Liff Spirit Award Honoree

Elizabeth Barlow Rogers

Founder, Central Park Conservancy

2014_BBRogers As founder of the Central Parks Conservancy in 1980, Elizabeth Barlow Rogers is a champion of urban parks preservation and a leading authority on the pivotal role that private public partnerships play in the restoration and maintenance of historic landscapes. Like other conservancies and friends groups around the country, The Emerald Necklace Conservancy was modeled after her pioneering work in New York City’s beloved and iconic park.

An inspiration to Justine Mee Liff, in whose honor this award is given each year, Betsy is an expert on the work of Frederick Law Olmsted and a noted landscape designer, teacher, lecturer and author. In her current role as president of the Foundation for Landscape Studies, she continues to foster understanding of the importance of place in human life. We are honored that she will accept the 2014 Liff Spirit Award.

Past Recipients

2015
Mark Volpe
Managing Director, Boston Symphony Orchestra

2014
Elizabeth Barlow Rogers
Founder, Central Park Conservancy

2013
Thomas M. and Angela Menino
Mayor and First Lady, City of Boston

2012
Malcolm Rogers
Ann and Graham Gund Director,
Museum of Fine Arts Boston

2011
Valerie Burns
President, Boston Natural Areas Network

2010
Charles Ansbacher
Conductor and Founder,
Boston Landmark Orchestra

2009
Michael and Kitty Dukakis
Former Governor and First Lady,
Commonwealth of Massachusetts

2008
Joan and Ted Cutler
Philanthropists

2007
Agnes “Diddy” Cullinane
Founder, Black and White Boston

2006
Henry Lee
Founder, Friends of the Public Garden

2005
Eugenie Beal
Founding Chair, Boston Conservation Commission
Founding Member, Emerald Necklace Conservancy

Norman Leventhal
Founder, The Beacon Companies