Jon Carloftis Fine Gardens

Rockcastle River Trading Company
Botanical Trail

Proven Winners

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Rockcastle River Trading Company is the popular home and garden store located on the family property and boyhood home of Jon Carloftis. Author of Beautiful Gardens of Kentucky, Beyond the Windowsill, and First a Garden, Jon is an award-winning garden designer, garden writer, television guest, author, and lecturer.

The Botanical Trail opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday June 13, 2014 with a gathering of state and national plant and nature lovers. On Saturday June 14, 2014, the public was invited to hear the history of the location and the plants that make up the trail.


An hour drive south of Lexington to Livingston, Rockcastle River Trading Company’s beautiful gardens, designed by Jon, surround the Carloftis home and store, and have been featured in BMW Magazine, Country Home, Garden & Gun, Outdoor Rooms, and Southern Living. Complementing the grounds is a newly created series of walking trails that meander along the Rockcastle River and that were part of the wilderness road once traveled by Daniel Boone. Intended to be somewhat of a plant adventure, many of the newest selections of Proven Winners plants are effectively designed and integrated into focal points along the trails. Jon notes . . . “ I grew up with a tremendous respect for the beautiful native Kentucky landscape. I was attracted to the Botanical Trail concept as a way to showcase their beauty and yet still maintain a respect for the native surroundings.”