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Win Dinner, Drinks & Tour of the enchanting historic property of the Carloftis Family, located along the Rockcastle River.

  • May 24, 2018

My sister Carcille is on the board of the Baptist Health Foundation Corbin who are holding their 13th Annual Silver Ball Gala on June 9th, 2018. She’s supported me all my life and so of course, I return the favor when I can!

For their silent auction, we are donating Dinner, Drinks & Tour of the enchanting historic property of the Carloftis Family, located along the Rockcastle River.*

Winners will enjoy:

  • A private tour and history of the botanical garden, originally part of Wilderness Road, by the charming Buzz Carloftis
  • A walk along the beautiful wild gardens and botanic trail, full of thousands of native wildflowers as seen in countless national magazines, including Country Gardens, Southern Living, Kentucky Monthly and Edible Lousiville
  • Drinks and a beautiful supper for 6, prepared by Jon Carloftis, on terrace overlooking the Rockcastle River

So, gather your worthwhile friends and put in your bid. You will remember this incredible experience for years to come!

Bidding is open now through June 9th for this once in a lifetime experience. For more information click here.

Opening bid is $1000 and will be raised in increments of $100. 100% of the winning bid will go to the Baptist Health Foundation Corbin.

*Winners will be notified and arrangements must be made within one year for the Dinner, Drinks & Tour on a mutually agreed upon date.

If you like, you can also attend the 13th Annual Silver Ball Gala on June 9th, 2018.

13th Annual Silver Ball Gala

Saturday, June 9th, 2018
The Arena
Corbin, Kentucky

Silent Auction at 6pm
Dinner at 7pm
Entertainment by G Miles and the Band of Helping Hands

To attend the Silver Ball Gala please call Lee Richardson at 606-523-8533 and reserve your place.

A Glorious Weekend at the Rockcastle River Trading Co. 2018 Spring Open House

  • May 21, 2018

Thank you to all who visited us at the Rockcastle River Trading Co. Spring Open House on Mothers Day weekend. It was one of the most successful opening houses ever, so we really appreciate you stopping over!

Val Schirmer of Three Toads Farm knocked the socks off folks with her incredible tips and the flower creations she had available for Mothers’ Day. The coffee was flowing thanks to Smokin’ Aces Coffee! And Local Feed served up their insanely delicious food to over 700 happy customers!

The store is now open through end of year, so if you missed it, you can still pop over and shop, walk the botanical trail and enjoy an afternoon along the beautiful Rockcastle River!

Story Time with Momma, who can resist?

  • December 21, 2016
Lucille Carloftis At Story Time Rockcastle River Trading Co.


Over at Rockcastle River Trading Co. last week, visitors nibbled on tea and homemade sweets while Momma (AKA Lucille Carloftis) read to us from her book, “A Beautiful Journey”, in which she reveals the most meaningful experiences of her life, and the richness she has derived from them by being a fellow traveler. She also read some unpublished Christmas stories that are a delight for all-ages! We all know how enchanting her stories can be! Boy did she get us in the mood for the holidays!

A Beautiful Journey by Lucille Carloftis

Another year, another great Christmas Open House at Rockcastle River Trading Co.!

  • November 21, 2016

It was our busiest Open House ever here at Rockcastle River Trading Co…

We also debuted the new Jon Carloftis Candle Collection line, which was a tremendous hit! And the workshops with Sharon Bale and Val Schirmer were so much fun and we all learned clever ways to liven up our homes for the holidays!

Homemade sweets, exceptional food was on hand from Local Feed… well what else can we say???

Here are a few photos from the day…



The Rockcastle River Trading Co. Christmas Open House 2016

  • November 5, 2016

We’re Open November 18th & 19th, 2016 from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Local Feed will be joining us once again with a menu you won’t soon forget…

If you were lucky enough to attend our Spring Open house, you’ll probably still be licking your lips from the amazing food Local Feed had available for our guests. These guys don’t mess around. Here is a sample of the menu Justin just sent over:

  • Butternut Squash Soup, Cumin Crema, Pepitas
  • Collard Greens, Peppered Sorghum
  • Kentucky Beef Bourguignon
  • Apple Cranberry Streusel

YUM! They are super stoked to be back at RRTC and so are we!

At the Christmas Open House at Rockcastle River Trading Co. we have a great lineup of informal talks at 10am, 12pm and 2pm along with tours and great ideas on how to decoration for the Holidays. Along with yours truly, Sharon Bale, retired extension floriculture specialist at my alma mater, University of Kentucky will be there along with our favorite workshop regular, Val Schirmer of Three Toads Farm to join in the fun!

So put Friday & Saturday, November 18th & 19th on your calendar and get ready for great holiday season!


Rockcastle River Trading Co. Open House Spring 2016

  • May 11, 2016

We had a blast and the days were full of great people, great fun and great food! We’re officially open now for regular hours and we hope you stop by!


Monday – Saturday
10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Located off I-75 at exit 49 on US 25, or a leisurely drive down US 25 south past Livingston on the left just before the Laurel County bridge.

Click here for directions


Here’s a few photos from the Open House:

Mother’s Day Open House Weekend May 9th & 10th

  • May 5, 2016




Large Selection of Hard-to-find
Proven Winners Shrubs

In addition to the plant sale…

20% OFF
Entire Selection of
Lloyd Flanders Outdoor Furniture

Also, enjoy the BEST Greek Food in the State from a food truck on Saturday from 10-5

(606) 843-0854

Monday – Saturday
10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Located off I-75 at exit 49 on US 25, or a leisurely drive down US 25 south past Livingston on the left just before the Laurel County bridge.

Click here for directions

THANK YOU for coming to the Open House at Rockcastle River Trading Co.

  • November 30, 2015


Over three beautiful fall days, our Rockcastle River Trading Company welcomed more than 800 visitors during our annual Christmas Open House and garden workshop series.

We want to thank everyone who came from near and far to help my family celebrate its 60th year on this lush property located on the banks of the Rockcastle River, surrounded by the Daniel Boone National Forest.

Valerie Schirmer of Three Toads Farm joined me to educate and entertain the troops in six garden workshops. Many of the store products showcased in these workshops sold out on day one. Fortunately, they are back in stock!

We’ve been sprucing things up at Rockcastle River Trading Company

  • November 12, 2015

RRTC OH 2015 Collage

The store is filled to the gills with some of your old favorites and some surprising new gems we’re certain you’ll adore… stage is being set and we’re just about ready to greet you and your friends for a fun-filled prelude to the holiday season.

Once again, Valerie Schirmer of Three Toads Farm and I will be presenting 6 FREE workshops over 3 days.

Unique gift ideas, delicious food, beautiful surroundings and a whole lot of fun!

See you next week!


November 19, 20 & 21
from 10am – 5pm
Workshops at 11am and 2pm



for more information and directions to the store!

Garden Talks with Jon Carloftis Cincinnati Home & Garden Show | Saturday, February 28th, 2015

  • February 10, 2015

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Hibernating for the winter?

Well it’s time to get out
and plan for spring time!

Join us at the Cincinnati Home & Garden Show on Saturday, February 28th where I’ll be giving a series of talks that will have your ready for the Spring Thaw!

Garden Talks by Jon Carlofts:

12:00 pm – New & Exciting Plants for Your Garden
3:00 pm – Perfect Container Garden Combinations
6:00 pm – Style in the Garden with Reclaimed & Repurposed Treasures

This show is Cincinnati’s largest and longest running spring showcase with an amazing array of the area’s newest and innovative home products and services!

Whether you are a current homeowner, planning to buy or build a new home, or just seeing what’s hot, join the 100′s of thousands of greater Cincinnatians that have used the Cincinnati Home & Garden Show® since 1969 as an important source of upgrading their homes & gardens.

The show runs from February 28 through March 8th. Hope to see you there!

For more details, visit the full schedule here.

Get tickets here:

RRTC product Collage

We’ll also be at the Rockcastle River Trading Co. booth during the show, so please stop by and say hello!


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