You are invited to join Jon Carloftis and family for an old-fashioned Christmas celebration, featuring exciting new items for your home & garden, taste award winning food, and toast old friends. And check out a plant collection from Proven Winners, just what you’ll need to make every room, inside and out, green and inviting. We look forward to another beautiful holiday get together along the banks of the Rockcastle River.
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More than 300 people attended the September 27th event at historic Botherum (our Lexington, Kentucky home and office) to celebrate the release of the Garden & Gun October | November issue with cover story featuring the ‘perfect southern spaces’.
Botherum was selected for its beautiful gardens. Our gardens were made more spectacular with beautiful plant material generosity provided by our partner Proven Winners (the largest grower of flowers and shrubs in the United States), and with an evening’s toast of Maker’s Mark 46 bourbon from our client Maker’s Mark Distillery.
A toast to Garden & Gun for an incredible magazine and feature story…
Join Jon Carloftis of Jon Carloftis Fine Gardens (JCFG) … in partnership with the Cultural Landscape Foundation … on Sunday, June 16, 2013, for a tour of two (2) magnificent Kentucky garden landscapes.
JCFG worked closely with owners Greg & Becky Goodman of Mt. Brilliant Farm (1774) for four years to connect existing garden spaces to new ones designed to beautify his children’s homes, pool and pool house. Come see the magnificent beds of iris that surround a central water feature and sculpture. Then visit historic Botherum (1851) for a tour of a newly rejuvenated city garden, which includes a formal flower garden, organic vegetable garden with repurposed garden shed, and secret walled-in garden. You will not believe what has taken place since both Jon and partner Dale Fisher purchased this property a little more than a year ago. Tickets are $35 / person, and audiences are limited to 18-24 people. Tickets can be purchased via the following website address: http://tclf.org/event/garden-dialogues-kentucky
The Cultural Landscape Foundation, which is dedicated in part to making the hand of the landscape architect and designer visible, created Garden Dialogues, an initiative that provides unique opportunities for small groups to experience some of today’s most beautiful gardens created by some of the most accomplished designers currently in practice. The program brings together patrons and designers to reveal the creative process, the give and take, and the collaboration that yields a great garden.
On May 3rd in NYC, Canal House Cooks Every Day won the James Beard Award for General Cooking. Give the award-winning Mom in your life a book of endless choices and new memories. We have this book avaliable at the Rockcastle River Trading Company for $45. Stop in and pick up your copy this week and Betsy will gift wrap it for you just in time for Mother’s Day.
On Saturday, May 18, Botherum will be the site for the 2013 LexArts Fund for the Arts campaign Finale event — a cocktail party from 5 to 7 p.m. — and we will be hosting it! Individuals who have donated $500 or more to LexArts 2013 campaign and businesses donating $1,000 and above will receive two tickets to the Finale event. Our home, Botherum, the amazing historic 1851 home of Madison C Johnson and gardens will be open to tour. You probably know that we have been working hard to restore this amazing place — but you may not know that we are working with LexArts to raise awareness and funding to support the arts in Lexington — which in turn make our community a better place to live and work. If you haven’t donated to support LexArts mission, the attached link will make it easy. Hope to see you soon! https://npo.networkforgood.org/Donate/Donate.aspx?npoSubscriptionId=5103 Sincerely, Jon Carloftis & Dale Fisher
MARK YOUR CALENDARS : Please join us for our annual Spring Open House at the Rockcastle River Trading Comapany on April 27, 2013. We have recently rennovated the store and are looking forward to a wonderful season this year. Stop by and see the whole crew on Saturday and check out all our new gift items. We look forward to seeing everyone! …and finally Happy Spring!
The Bluegrass of Kentucky is a long way from artist Peter Williams’ Kiwi roots. Throughout the journey from New Zealand to his adopted hometown (Lexington) of more than 20 years, the plain air painter has captured polo, fox hunting, steelechasing, thoroughbred, and even camel racing in various locals around the globe. He is a versatile artist who paints flower gardens, vintage automobiles, nudes, cityscapes, rodeos, and nautical scenes with equal enthusiasm. The painting below is a work he completed quickly will visiting us in our showroom at this year’s 2013 Bluegrass Trust Antiques & Garden Show. For good reason, Peter focused on the pair of beautiful limestone planters from one of our favorite suppliers of fine garden containers, Longshadow. VIsit our website at www.joncarloftis.com for more photos of the many Longshadow products we’ve used in designing many beautiful gardens, , including historic Botherum. And look for more of Peter’s work over his ’50-year career in his new book … Peter Wiliams Retrosective Paintings and People Dear to Me. Dale Fisher and I received our copy from this book’s publisher and dear friend, Fran Taylor. Published by West High LLC, Peter Wilaims’ new book is now available for purchase at www.peterwillaimsart.net and the Rockcastle River Trading Company (606)843-0854.
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