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…


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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

 

 

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Save the date for Dancing with the Lexington All Stars!

Saturday May 9, 2015

Last year, Linda Roach and I had the time of our lives practicing for Dancing With the Lexington Stars back in 2013 and took home the 1st Place Prize with the Tango and the Hustle. Not only does everyone dancing and attending have a BLAST at the Marriott Griffin Gate Resort the Saturday after Derby, but we also manage to raise thousands of dollars for a very worthwhile cause, Surgery on Sunday (to learn more about this amazing group, look up www.surgeryonsunday.org).

This year, Debbie Long, proprietress of Dudley’s is my partner, and we are IN IT TO WIN IT! But seriously this is a great way for us all to give back to the community. Here’s how you can help…

For event details and tickets, visit dancingwiththelexingtonstars.com and vote now for Jon Carloftis and Debbie Long. It’s $5 a vote but know that every penny goes to helping others.

Thank you!

 

Garden Great #7

as featured in Kentucky Gardener | October 2011

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Urban Challenges

Here is an article where we face the challenges of the urban garden. We we able to take a parking lot and a warehouse and turn it into a a beautiful landscape…

“I look outside everyday and wonderwhat I did to deserve this..”

Read or download the full article here…


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Goldilocks

Goldilocks
Creeping Jenny
Lysimachia
nummularia

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Shockwave
Tall Garden Phlox
Phlox
paniculata

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Jolly Good™ 
Clematis

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

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Garden Great #6

as featured in  Outdoor Rooms | Summer 2010

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Decked Out for Wildlife

This story was about the back porch in Kentucky where I grew up. We revamped it to be a beautiful sanctuary for wildlife for this special edition for Better Homes and Gardens. There are so many ways to invite nature in and the bonus is that we get to enjoy the view!

“Keeping furnishings simple puts the emphasis on the view… Everything can’t be fireworks.”

Read or download the full article here…


Jon's-Favorite-Proven-Winners

Lucia

Lucia® Dark Blue 
Lobelia
erinus

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Pardon My Purple
Bee Balm
Monarda didyma

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Fine Line®
Buckthorn
Rhamnus
frangula

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

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Botherum-Features

See what these magazines have to say about our historic home located in the heart of downtown Lexington, Kentucky. As part of the Proven Winners LIFE+STYLE Series (Keeneland event, Kentucky Governor’s Mansion event, Old Taylor Distillery event) hosted by Jon Carloftis Fine Gardens, historic Botherum will be open to the public for an evening of cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in the Proven Winners Southern Test Garden.  Join us for any or all of these three (3) occasions (April 22, June 19, September 11).

The April issue of Southern Living is on news stands now.
 

Garden Great #5

as featured in Renovation Style | From the Ground Up | June/July 2004

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From the Ground Up

This gorgeous garden is located in Bedminster, New Jersey and belongs to my dear friend Kip Forbes. Because of the huge population of deer Kip wanted to put up a chain link fence (very practical!) but then planted Privet over it… you would never know its there!

 

“It’s a peaceful place to sit and smell the flowers.”

Read or download the full article here…


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Dracaena

Cordylena® Jade 
Madagascar Dragon Tree
Dracaena
marginata

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Dolce® Cinnamon Curls™ 
Coral Bells
Heuchera
hybrid

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Golden Ticket® 
Privet
Ligustrum
x vicaryi

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

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The Secret Cottage: In downtown Lexington, Kentucky, a charming Greek revival hides behind a high limestone wall… This is a story close to our hearts because it’s about our project of a lifetime, our taking a broken down icon and making it ours. Get the April issue now to see more about our home, historic Botherum.

 

Garden Great #4

as featured in Better Homes and Gardens – Garden Rooms | Summer 2006

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A Playhouse for Grown-ups

Here’s a little outbuilding at our wonderful friends’ in Lexington, Kentucky which turned into something much more when we made it into a garden extra bedroom and revamped the garden… and recently we just revamped it yet again to simply it. Gardens are always changing…

 

“All my guests call it ‘the little garden house’ and they want to go out there… It’s so cozy.”

Read or download the full article here…


Jon's-Favorite-Proven-Winners

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Sweet Caroline Light Green
Sweet Potato Vine
Ipomoea
batatas

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Summerific® ‘Summer Storm’ 
Rose Mallow
Hibiscus
hybrid

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Pinky Winky® 
Hardy Hydrangea
Hydrangea
paniculata

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

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