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Creative Lexington Snapshot Bio

  • October 17, 2017
Creative Lexington Snapshot Bio

Bryan Mullins over at Creative Lexington recently released one of his “Snapshot Bios” of yours truly, which you can view by clicking the image above.

Brian started Creative Lexington with an idea to make biographical or “Snapshot Bios” on local artists to be distributed and shared on multiple platforms as well as to share with the artists themselves. This is done entirely free of charge to the artist (and I’m truly grateful for that!).

His hope is this will help raise awareness of the artists themselves as well as the extremly vibrant art scene here in Lexington. So please check out his other “Snapshot Bios” on his website and share with all your friends.



Special Feature: How UK Helped Jon Carloftis Design His Dream Career

  • September 7, 2017

Recently, the University of Kentucky put a piece together for their website about my work and being an Alumni of UK. It was a great way for me to share how UK influenced my career and changed my life. I was also humbled and excited to find out that they would be honoring me for my work during half time of the football game this Saturday, September 9th.

Folks, I can’t imagine my life without having attended UK. I was the youngest of 6 and most of us attended small private colleges. It was quite a daunting moment when I decided to go to a university as large as UK. But I loved everything about it! I met so many people from so many places, forever changing my outlook on life.

If you’re around on September 9th, please come support the Wildcats when they play EKU on Saturday at Kroger Field. Kick off is at 12PM!

You can read more on their website:

Watch a video they put together:

The Salonnière interviews Jon about soirée style & tips for creating a garden that’s ripe for entertaining

  • August 3, 2017

Recently I had the pleasure of speaking with Brie Dyas of  The Salonnière who asked me about all the things I love most… the history of our home, Botherum, my preferred way to entertain at home, tips for creating a great outdoor entertaining space, and about some of my favorites (like florists, caterers, dinnerware, shops) in and around my home city, Lexington… She’s put together a wonderful article that I hope you enjoy!

Read the full article at The Salonnière


Won’t you be my neighbor?

  • July 28, 2016

625 W. Short Street, Lexington

One of the most rewarding things we’ve done is the restoration of our beautiful historic home, Botherum, downtown Lexington. Being able to explore the house (and figuring out the story) through digging in the attic, the basement, the yard… has been like living a TV show… so much hard work but also lots of fun.  Plus, we are so close to the airport, Dudley’s, Blue Heron, Thursday Night Live, and the interstate that we save so much time driving.

Saying all that, I wanted to share with you this AMAZING house down the street that is for sale by a friend, David, who has bought another historic home a few houses away. As you can see from these photos, this isn’t “lite” restoration, but it’s down to the nitty gritty. The result is more than these photos show. Truly, I could move in with a toothbrush and Lily and Gertrude and be perfectly satisfied. Even the back yard has been professionally redone the right way, with retaining walls, proper drainage… And did I say it was a double lot so there is a HUGE space to build a garage?

So I will ask someone who has visited us here from Charleston, SC, Richmond, VA, Orlando and Jacksonville, FL and many other places, PLEASE buy this house and be our neighbor!  You already know how much fun Lexington is and it gets better everyday.  This one is too good to let go and I promise to be the first person to bring over the bottle of Maker’s Mark to welcome you!

See more photos over at Zillow >

Here’s a look at the before and after…
What an amazing restoration that makes me proud to live in Lexington!


Before Collage




After Collage

A Great Southern Legislative Conference Garden Tour…

  • July 14, 2016

This week we toured some of our favorite Lexington gardens, taking 50 spouses of the Southern Legislative Conference held here in Lexington, Kentucky this past weekend. The garden tour visited Mt. Brilliant Farm, Kazee, Lois Anne Polan, Dudley’s rooftop garden, Madonna & Craig Turner, Apiary and of course we ended at our beloved Botherum.

The day was beautiful, the people as wonderful as they come and we just loved every moment of the day.

Guess what? We can all get along and very well!

Old Taylor distillery is now Castle & Key…

  • July 12, 2016
Castle & Key Gardens
Great article in the Herald-Leader about the former Old Taylor distillery, now called Castle & Key.

We have been remaking the famed sunken garden, a unique feature designed by Col. E.H. Taylor Jr. specifically for the tourists whom he would bring in on private trains. The garden is again a showplace and already has been the backdrop for a wedding. The rest of the grounds have been transformed into a botanical trail and, in the remnants of the first warehouse, a botanical cutting garden, which master distiller Marianne Barnes plans to use for botanical gin recipes.

Read more here:

An Old Kentucky Garden Party at My Old Kentucky Home with Linda Bruckheimer

  • April 14, 2016


Thursday, April 28, 2016
5:30 – 8:00pm

Federal Hill at My Old Kentucky Home State Park
501 East Stephen Foster Avenue
Bardstown, Kentucky


Linda Bruckheimer Photography Exhibit

Local Colors:  Scenes from the Kentucky Roadside
[ view images from the exhibition ]

Landscaped gardens designed, installed and donated
by Jon Carloftis Fine Gardens

The Stephen Foster Story Singers


If you are crazy about Kentucky like we are, you’re going to love the images that Linda Bruckheimer has created for this exhibit. With her work combining a unique point of view mixing both humor and beauty we consider it the quintessential respresenatation of our home state. We have been collecting her work for years now and we think you’ll enjoy it too!  — Jon


Tickets to this special event include:
Southern Hors d’oeuvres
Mint Juleps
Kentucky Bourbon from Maker’s Mark and Four Roses


Buy Tickets ($75 ea.) at


Some images by Linda Bruckheimer:

LB Collage

Philadelphia Flower Show March 4 – 13!

  • March 4, 2016

We are pleased to partner with America in Bloom who will be presenting a beautiful display garden at this year’s show. Longwood Antique Woods built the garden shed from reclaimed lumber in Lexington, Kentucky—then disassembled it to transport and then reassembled it for the center of our display. Proven Winners has provided all the plant material. Dale and I have donated the garden design and finally GrowIt is creating a special app that will give guests information about all the plants in the garden. Sounds like a great team, right?

Hats off to the America in Bloom volunteers, headed by Evelyn Alemanni, who had already rallied the troops and installed our design by the time we arrived in Philadelphia! Of course nothing is ever easy and we struggled to cover our plants to protect them from the chill they were getting because of the doors which had to remain open while everyone was setting up. But it was all well worth it as you’ll see!

Saturday, March 5th from 10 am to 12 pm
I will be on hand at Exhibit 50 to personally greet you and answer your gardening questions

Hope to see you there!


The theme of this year’s Flower Show is America’s Parks System so America in Bloom salutes the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park in Hodgenville, Kentucky. It is the country’s first memorial to Lincoln, built with donations, resonant of America in Bloom’s commitment to growing communities through volunteerism and an emphasis on heritage preservation. Grounded by a simple structure hearkening to Lincoln’s humble beginnings, the garden is a tapestry – serene in its simplicity, creatively cohesive in plant selection, and a portal to the verdant central Kentucky valley.

Garden & Gun’s Southern Hot List names Marianne Barnes of Old Taylor Distillery “The Whiskey Wunderkind”

  • January 20, 2016

g&g logo Marianne_Barnes_Garden_And_Gun_Hot-List

Garden & Gun’s Southern Hot List has named one of our good friends, Marianne Barnes of Old Taylor Distillery “The Whiskey Wunderkind”! Dale and I have been incredibly lucky to work with Marianne, along with Will Arvin and Wes Murry, on the resurrection of this great Kentucky Landmark. They are true visionaries in their field.

You can read more about Marianne and other “Southern Hot List” winners over at:

Old Taylor Distillery LIFE+STYLE event on September 12, 2015

  • September 18, 2015

We just wanted to catch up with you about the LIFE+STYLE event at Old Taylor Distillery last weekend. Wow, was it a good one! With speakers sharing their knowledge about everything from how to integrate reclaimed wood into traditional or modern homes, experts on Proven Winners shrubs and how to use them in your garden, the herb specialists from Wilson’s Nursery, two very different floral designers on how to do do simple every day arrangements as well as special occasion arrangements, farm-to-vase growers and so much more! It was a really special day in a very special setting.

Some of you were not able to come, but not to worry!

In just a couple of weeks we have another amazing opportunity for you in Bardstown at My Old Kentucky Home! This is the fourth and LAST of our one-time Life+Style series coming up on October 2nd we are doing so don’t miss it! Visitors come from all over the country to enjoy Kentucky’s history and heritage there, and after all it was the inspiration for that classic song written by Stephen Foster!

What’s so cool about this event…

is that we are raising money to refurbish the old formal garden behind the mansion! As part of the beautification process, we’ve been hard at work clearing out shrubs which have overgrown slowly over the years and creating an all new formal garden. Our good friend, Matthew Bailey is the energetic director who is committed to revitalizing this beautiful landmark by reinventing the guest experience. He also happens to be a speaking at the upcoming event there on October 2nd where you can learn all about his plans for making this a key destination again.

For more information on this event and to see all the other interesting speakers please visit where you can also reserve your place. But don’t wait too long… space is limited and there are just a few seats left. We’ve sold out the 3 previous events and this will sell out too!




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