Jon Carloftis Fine GardensRockcastle River Trading Co.

Event Planning / Consultation

Jon Carloftis’ garden designs and installations continue to attract national attention. His work and event planning ideas are often implemented as part of larger initiatives.  We’ve proven time and time again that if we build it, they will come. Notable collaborations include the following:

Woodford Humane Society

Since 2004, Jon Carloftis has collaborated with the Woodford Humane Society, a non-profit animal advocacy group located in Lexington, Kentucky, in promotion of their largest annual fundraiser, Freedom Fest.  Jon was this event’s featured speaker in 2005 (at Calumet Farms) and 2010 (at Annestes Farms).

Alice Waters

In 2005, he partnered with Alice Waters (owner of Chez Panisse) to re-create on the mall in Washington the Edible Schoolyard, a one-acre garden at the Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School in Berkeley, California.  This installation was part of their collective efforts to improve the eating habits of schoolchildren and promote sustainable agriculture. 


In 2009, Jon collaborated with Bon-Ton to introduce the new Victor by Victor Alfaro women’s clothing line.  Jon designed and installed the garden space backdrop to Bon-Ton’s exclusive New York Premiere of Victor by Victor Alfaro.

Architectural Design Magazine and Van Cleef & Arpel

In 2009, Jon collaborated with Architectural Design Magazine and Van Cleef & Arpel to showcase their new jewelry collection, held in a New York rooftop garden designed by Jon Carloftis.

President Obama and Better Homes & Gardens

In 2009, Jon was honored by President Obama and Better Homes & Gardens, as he was asked to decorate the Blair House courtyard garden for the holidays.  No other gardener has been so honored in the history of this institution.

Alltech and the Governor of Kentucky

In 2010, Jon Carloftis was selected by Alltech and the Governor of Kentucky to design and install the Alltech Experience and Kentucky Experience gardens, to be featured at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Lexington, Kentucky.  Before 2010, this event has never before been held outside of Europe. 

Click here for more on the Alltech Games and Jon’s part in it.

Click on image above to see gallery of photos from this event

PLANET DBI Symposium (at Chicago Botanic Garden)

Chicago, Illinois