Garden Great #13

as featured in The Voice of Louisville | Style 2013

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English Tudor meets Modern Chic

We wanted to compliment the wonderful interior design of this home in Lousiville, Kentucky. We consider it one of our more successful gardens ever.

“Our homes are our escape from all the distractions in the world.” – Ron Wolz

Read or download the full article here…


Jon's-Favorite-Proven-Winners

Angelface® White Summer Snapdragon

Angelface® White 
Summer Snapdragon
Angelonia
angustifolia hybrid

Teardrop English Ivy Hedera helix

Teardrop
English Ivy
Hedera helix

English Butterfly™ Adonis Blue

English Butterfly™ Adonis Blue™ 
Butterfly Bush
Buddleia
davidii

Our Proven Winners® favorites are available at your local garden store or online at www.provenwinners.com

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Garden Great #12

as featured in Quest Magazine | July 2005

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Garden Delight

This was an article about my second client in New York City overlooking Park Avenue… Their place had three floors and 8 terraces… whew! Quite a challenge, but it turned out great!

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“Whether you live in the city, in the country, or in a subdivision, a garden is a room, your own special world”

Read or download the full article here…


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Shining Pink™ Rock Purslane Calandrinia hybrid

Shining Pink™ 
Rock Purslane
Calandrinia
hybrid

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InSpired White
Butterfly bush
Buddleia

Soft Serve® False Cypress Chamaecyparis pisfera

Soft Serve® 
False Cypress
Chamaecyparis
pisfera

Our Proven Winners® favorites are available at your local garden store or online at www.provenwinners.com

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Garden Great #11

as featured in Philadelphia Home, Spring 2008

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Room to Grow

A very practical use of space… Our little 1920s garage in Bucks County also doubles as a potting shed in the summer.

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“A potting shed should be like a well-stocked pantry”

Read or download the full article here…


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Anytime® Sugarplum
Pansiola
Viola

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Color Spires® ‘Pink Dawn’ 
Perennial Salvia
Salvia

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‘Diamond Ball’ 
Clematis
hybrid

Our Proven Winners® favorites are available at your local garden store or online at www.provenwinners.com

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When we took 50 members of the Tuckahoe Women’s Club from Richmond, Virginia on a private garden tour of Lexington recently, we really got to see first hand the extreme damage of the past two winters.

One of the gardens lost five 20′ tall Southern Magnolias and even tough old Viburnums down to the ground. Our Little Gem Magnolias are all as brown as they are at Old Taylor Distillery but they are starting to bud out and by putting the fertilizer on them we hope to jump start the growth.

Last year, we ripped out 18 Natchez Crape Myrtles and threw them into the compost pile, only to find out later that they all leafed out in the “plant cemetery”! So, if there is hope, leave them in a few more weeks before replacing the “dead” in your garden.

 

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Cold weather damage to a Southern Magnolia.

Let us know how your plants are doing over at our Facebook page… We love to hear your stories!

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We hit our goal thanks to YOU!

We like it intimate. And so we are happy to say that our first Proven Winners LIFE+STYLE event at Keeneland, hosted by yours truly, was a major success, SELLING OUT at our capped 200 attendees! By limiting our audience for these events mean we get to spend more time with all of you! Thanks to you and your participation (great questions from the audience by the way!),we heard nothing but great feedback all day long.

Thanks also go out to Bill Thomason who welcomed us and gave us a wonderful history of Keeneland, Patrick Howard who showed us how he creates the amazing floral arrangements you see around Keeneland, Marshall Dirks who told us why Proven Winners are the best choices for our gardens, Janna and Ashley Pemberton who gave us all great ideas for patio gardening, Tim Wood who made great suggestions about using flowering shrubs in our gardens, Rob Samuels who gave an enthusiast history of Maker’s Mark (and who bought EVERYONE a round of the signature cocktail of Keeneland!) and finally, we had a professional handicapper from Keeneland show us the ropes to winning!

Let’s not leave out the cocktail party and garden tour from the previous night at Botherum, which was such a wonderful way to kick off the festivities with both old friends and new friends (great to meet you!) Special shout out to our dear friend Ann Evans, whose mouthwatering food was the hit of the night and to The Wooks, who entertained us and kept the party hopping with incredible Bluegrass music!

And now, of course, we carry on to the next big thing. We are gearing up for the follow up  LIFE+STYLE event on June 19th and 20th focusing on the Kentucky Governor’s Mansion, where will we have an ALL NEW lineup of speakers and activities to dazzle and amaze as well as the cocktail party and tour of Botherum the evening before.

You can get more information at gardenlifestyleshow.com/kentucky-governors-mansion. We hope to see you there!

Finally, with out the support of our fine sponsors, we could never have pulled it off. We hope you all will in turn support these wonderful businesses.

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Garden Great #10

as featured in Sophisticated Living, December 2011

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Purposeful Perspectives

This garden is a lesson in restraint. We designed it, then took away half of what we planned which made for a much cleaner look…

“It’s truly a never, neverland.”

Read or download the full article here…


Jon's-Favorite-Proven-Winners

Snow Princess® Alyssum Lobularia
Snow Princess® 
Alyssum
Lobularia
hybrid

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Prairie Winds™ ‘Cheyenne Sky’ 
Red Switch Grass
Panicum
virgatum

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Jazz Hands® Dwarf White 
Chinese fringe-flower
Loropetalum
chinense

Our Proven Winners® favorites are available at your local garden store or online at www.provenwinners.com

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A Grand Tour with an Amazing Group of Ladies from Richmond, Virginia

We wanted to share some photos from the wonderful garden tour we led for the Tuckahoe Women’s Club recently. They were such a fantastic group! Our Mayor Jim Gray declared their day “The Tuckahoe Women’s Club Day” and they even received a special plaque! Very Cool.

 

Kentucky Governor’s Mansion
(hosted by Ann Evans)
Dede McGehee’s Home
Brereton & Libby Jones’ Home
L. V. Harkness
Lois Anne Polan’s Home
Cathy Clay’s Home
Dudley’s
Botherum
(hosted by Jon Carloftis & Dale Fisher)
The Apiary
(hosted by Derek & Neal Vaughn)

Whew! That was FUN!

 

Garden Great #9

as featured in House Beautiful, April 1995

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Lush to Begin With

For this project in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, we decided to make raised beds because of a drainage issue we couldn’t fix without destroying the 1800’s stone wall. Thanks to all those years of it being a barnyard, things grew like a weed!

“We like almost everything that performs well and does not attract pests”

Read or download the full article here…


Jon's-Favorite-Proven-Winners

Choca Mocha Chocolate Cosmos Cosmos

Choca Mocha 
Chocolate Cosmos
Cosmos
atrosanguineus

Gem Box® Inkberry holly Ilex glabra

Gem Box® 
Inkberry holly
Ilex
glabra

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Spring Celebrities 
Carmine-Rose Hollyhock
Alcea
rosea annua

Our Proven Winners® favorites are available at your local garden store or online at www.provenwinners.com

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Garden Great #8

as featured in Organic Gardening | October/November 2005

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Thinking Outside

Changing the Way Children Eat

We were asked by Alice Waters of Chez Panisse to come and help her install a vegetable and herb garden on the Mall in Washington D.C. Donated SIX glorious days of our life in sweltering heat to get it done! We will never regret a second for this great project which continues to help bring awareness to the youth of this country to how and where their food comes from.

Alice continues to do this amazing work through her project, the Edible Schoolyard, a program that involves students in all aspects of growing, cooking, and sharing food at the table. Get more info here: edibleschoolyard.org

 

Children want to taste the fruits of their labor…

Read or download the full article here…


Jon's-Favorite-Proven-Winners

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Magellan™ Scarlet 
Zinnia
elegans

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Pesto Perpetuo 
Basil
Ocimum
x citriodorum

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Duckalicious™ 
Nasturtium
Tropaeolum
hybrid

Our Proven Winners® favorites are available at your local garden store or online at www.provenwinners.com

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Hey Bourbon Lovers!

In the past few months we came up with the great idea of having a BOURBON TASTING PARTY after our regular GARDEN TALKS (i.e. Nashville Antique and Garden Show, the Cummer Museum in Jacksonville, Florida, the Orlando Museum of Art in Winter Park, Florida and the Dixon Gallery and Gardens in Memphis, Tennessee).  WHY DIDN’T WE THINK OF THIS SOONER???

Next Stop: Cincinnati Flower Show

Now, we are really ramping it up at the Cincinnati Flower Show on Saturday, April 18th. After the Proven Winners Garden Talks with P. Allen Smith, Jack Barnwell and yours truly, Dale and I along with Molly Wellman are hosting a Maker’s Mark Bourbon Cocktail and Tasting Party at the show. Chef’s Choice Catering is preparing some delicious foods that go with Molly Wellman’s own creation, THE PORCH SWING, an elixir made from Maker’s Mark, Iced Tea and Rose Water….YUM!

But it doesn’t stop there! The Bourbon Tasting will be given by grandson of the founders of Maker’s Mark and current COO, Rob Samuels.  Buy your tickets now because this WILL SELL OUT!  

For information on the Garden Talk and the Maker’s Mark Bourbon Cocktail and Tasting Party, visit… cincinnatihorticulturalsociety.com