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This is just one stop on our Garden Talk Tour this year.
To see where we’ll be next, check out our calendar online!

Learn more about Bouley Botanical:

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We love Lexington…

And who wouldn’t with all of the great things happening to our city! Fantastic restaurants and breweries and distilleries and historic renovation and green space… Lexington is on Fire!

But I also remember being in school at the University of Kentucky in the early ‘80s and never would have imagined coming home to live in Lexington until Jim Gray and many others started making it better. We thank you. Let’s invest in our future and keep Mayor Jim Gray in office… A person with a real vision for Lexington.

On a secondary note, August 20th is my 50th birthday and instead of spending money on gifts, put the money to good use and donate to the Jim Gray for Mayor re-election campaign!

Come tour the gardens and house with fun friends from all over, have delicious barbeque, craft bourbon cocktails — all the while supporting our friend who is making Lexington simply, the place to be!

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Call 859.252.4729 – or email Bryan@MayorJimGray.com with any questions!
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Visit Stoneware’s newly renovated showroom in Louisville, Kentucky

731 Brent Street
Louisville, Kentucky
40204

Shop the Jon Carloftis Collection which includes a line of unique stoneware bird houses and feeders and an assortment of herb crocks & garden pots.

 

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In 2014, KEMFI (Kentucky Executive Mansions Foundation, Inc.) joined the Commonwealth in celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Kentucky Governor’s Mansion. The Governor’s Mansion is consistently rated one of the most beautiful in America, however private funds are needed to help keep its integrity for future generations to appreciate. The goal for the Governor’s Mansion Centennial Celebration is to raise $1 million in an endowment for the proper upkeep of the “people’s house” for the next 100 years.  

Over the past few years, Jon Carloftis Fine Gardens has worked with the mansion’s ground crew to enhance new and existing gardens with plant donations, as well proven plant material from Proven Winners, one of our partners in making gardens more beautiful. Theses gardens are now nationally recognized as a Proven Winners Signature Garden. For as little as $50.00 a year you can help the Governor’s Mansion’s preservation and cultural enrichment effort to maintain these gardens, and more. Learn more about how you can help by visiting the KEMFI website (www.kemfi.org), or by taking advantage of a very special offer from Flower Magazine.
And a very special thank you to a good friend, Margot Shaw, the Editor of Flower Magazine (www.flowermag.com). Dale and I were fortunate to meet Margot several years ago during a short trip to Manalapan, Florida to meet Bucks County friends Renny Reynalds and partner Jack Staub (www.hortulusfarm.com). We bonded instantly over common friends, gardening, flowers, and of course, dogs. It was Cate & Lily’s (our yellow labrador pups) first trip to Florida. A dual effort, search and rescue mission for Cate pushed over the retaining wall and into the inlet bay by Lily sealed the deal. Since this time, Margot has been a great supported of our work, as well of our home state of Kentucky. Flower Magazine’s recent sponsorship of, and her participation at the Kentucky Governor’s Summer Solstice Event was priceless.

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To read more about this beautiful Proven Winners Signature Garden, visit our website, joncarloftis.com

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Every once in awhile, we do an event that fills the room with good feelings, happiness and appreciation. The Summer Solstice celebration at the Governor’s Mansion on Saturday, June 21st was one of these special moments…

Not only was it for a great cause of raising money for the upkeep of the most beautiful Governor’s Mansion in the United States (while many other states are closing theirs due to budget constraints), everyone that attended had THE BEST TIME. Ann Evans, Executive Director of the Governor’s Mansion, knows how to throw a party with delicious food and refreshments while Beth Sebastian put together a centerpiece on the huge table that was the size of a Prius… it blew people away! Gorgeous! Roainn Ridley charmed her audience with ideas for all kinds of floral designs and John Morris from LV Harkness showed us how to set a table for summer get togethers ranging from informal to “you will never forget this luncheon in your life”. Proven Winners own Pat Seibel, Jon Carloftis and the Mansion’s Head Gardener, Sandy Perkins took us on a tour of the grounds that showcased the native plant material as well as the annual display in the Floral Clock and Formal Gardens that have never looked better. Stacey Hirvela of Proven Winners also gave an informative talk on her new book “Edible Spots and Pots” which taught the crowd how to have their favorite fruits and vegetables in the smallest of spaces.

But, perhaps the talk that put it all together was the exciting and informative one by Katy Moss Warner. Katy was the director of Disney World Horticulture from 1976-1990 (she must have started as a tot) so she taught us how horticulture can bring people back to a place over and over again. Also, President Emeritus of the American Horticulture Society, she is influential in the worthwhile program America in Bloom. If you create beauty in your towns and cities, both the citizens and visitors gain from this effort and it has a snowball effect of getting everyone involved. As in the words of another person who has made us stop and smell the roses, Martha Stewart, “Now that’s a good thing.”

Christopher Hirsheimer and Melissa Hamilton, 2013 James Beard Award Winners for their Canal House Cooks Everyday were the the speakers during lunch. What they are so good at, other than creating, cooking, photographing, designing their books….is being able to make people remember their favorite food stories and inspiring them to make more!

The big happy feeling of the day was seeing the 5 limestone urns graciously donated by Longshadow Garden Ornaments. The urns are the focal point of the formal garden and were much needed. Daniel and Charlotte Ward spoke to a full audience on how to integrate ornaments into their own spaces…very informative and inspirational.

Read more and see photos on our events page HERE

 

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THANK YOU – Many thanks to the more than 1,300 people who visited our home and gardens at historic Botherum, our Kentucky home and office, on Sunday, June 22, 2014 during the Kentucky Open Days Garden Tour of beautiful Lexington and Frankfort, Kentucky gardens.

Through this program, garden enthusiasts were able to explore two private gardens in Lexington (Botherum & Mt. Brilliant Farm), as well the Governor’s Mansion Garden in Frankfort for self-guided tours. All proceeds went to benefit the Garden Conservancy. The Garden Conservancy was established nationally to help preserve America’s Exceptional Gardens. We remain honored to participate in this program. Road trip anyone? Join Jon Carloftis Fine Gardens on Saturday, June 28 at our Bucks County, PA farmhouse for the start of the Bucks County Open Days Garden Tour. Read more and see photos on our events page HERE

 

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Kentucky is lucky to have the most successful producer in film history to call our state his home.

Linda and Jerry Bruckheimer have restored much of her grandmother’s hometown of Bloomfield, Kentucky. With charming antique stores (Nettie Jarvis Antiques), a Kentucky Proud general store (The Old Sugar Valley Country Store), a local pizza store, tearoom (Miss Merrifield’s Tea Room), meeting hall (The Olde Bloomfield Meeting Hall) and more, you must go visit this wonderful town. We love it!

If you want to meet Jerry Bruckheimer in person and get a signed copy of his new book, WHEN LIGHTNING STRIKES/Four Decades of Filmmaking, bring your whole family for a day of fun this 4th of July weekend… Hope to see you there!

– Jon

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Jon and Ann were making the rounds in Louisville to make sure all the great people there know about the festivities at the Summer Solstice Garden Celebration this coming Saturday! Tickets are still available so hurry and get them today! We’ll see you there tomorrow!

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Hurry and get your tickets today!

 

Tickets for the Summer Solstice Garden Celebration
are $100.00 and include 2 meals and
4 hours of plants and entertaining classes!
To purchase tickets and for more information visit
governorsmansion.ky.gov/solstice
or by phone call 502-564-3000 and ask for Mackenzie Brown.All proceeds will further the Governor’s Mansion efforts for preservation for future generations.

 

And here’s Jon with Ann Evans, executive director of the Kentucky Governor’s Mansion, once again to tell all about the festivities at the Summer Solstice Garden Celebration this coming Saturday!

Watch it here:

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To purchase tickets and for more information visit

governorsmansion.ky.gov/solstice
or by phone call 502-564-3000 and ask for Mackenzie Brown.

All proceeds will further the Governor’s Mansion efforts for preservation for future generations.

 

Jon paid a visit to LEX18 on Tuesday, along with the lovely Ann Evans, executive director of the Kentucky Governor’s Mansion, to help promote the upcoming Summer Solstice Garden Celebration.

Watch it here:

 

To purchase tickets and for more information visit

governorsmansion.ky.gov/solstice
or by phone call 502-564-3000 and ask for Mackenzie Brown.

All proceeds will further the Governor’s Mansion efforts for preservation for future generations.