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Guest Appearance on Great Day Live!

  • August 2, 2019
Jon Carloftis On Great Day Live Show

Green thumb gardening tips

Recently I stopped by WHAS 11 with The Voice-Tribune columnist Janice Carter Levitsch to give some tips on gardening to the folks watching the Great Day Live show hosted by Angie Fenton.  

Alongside Janice, we talk about how to bring the green indoors to connect to the outdoors and cover things like how to grow a ZZ plant without light, ferns, and plants you can water once a month and finally about containers to add the finishing touch to your indoor plants. 

Alongside Janice, we talk about how to bring the green indoors to connect to the outdoors and cover things like how to grow a ZZ plant without light, ferns, and plants you can water once a month among other and finally about containers to add the finishing touch to your indoor plants. 

Have a look at this video and learn how to brighten up your indoors!

Third Year in a Row! The 2019 Salonniere 100: America’s Best Party Hosts

  • March 19, 2019

We are pleased to be amongst honorees from 33 U.S. cities which represent a diverse and creative group of people who share a common trait: an ability to leverage the power of parties to enhance the lives of others.

“Social gatherings play a vital role in our lives and communities, whether to connect people, advance ideas, support causes, or promote joyfulness, and those who host them well provide a great gift to humanity,” said Carla McDonald, The Salonniere’s founder and editor in chief. “The Salonniere 100 is our way of honoring those who are extraordinary at hosting events with passion and purpose and using the power of parties to unite, enhance, and improve the lives of others.”

—excerpt from The Salonière

Here’s to another year of fun and supporting the people and causes that make such a difference in our world! It’s worth every moment spent!

You can read more and see the full list here:

Lexington Cancer Foundation Derby Gala and Wine Auction

Meet me at Southern Style Now where I’ll be a panelist this November!

  • October 11, 2017

Mark your calendars now…

I have the honor of being chosen as a panelist for Southern Style Now Festival talking about “Decorating Outdoors”: Techniques and tips for transforming outdoor spaces into a canvas for the art of living on November 10th! Get more info here:

The Southern Style Now festival is a celebration of design, marked by keynotes, panel discussions, cocktail and dinner parties, exhibitons, and a showhouse. The 2017 festival offers incomparable networking opportunities, while celebrating Southern design in Savannah, one of America’s most beautiful and beloved cities. The festival is open to the public, as well as to design industry professionals.

Facebook page: Southern Style Now


Are Your Magnolias Suffering? Don’t Despair!

  • May 8, 2015


When we took 50 members of the Tuckahoe Women’s Club from Richmond, Virginia on a private garden tour of Lexington recently, we really got to see first hand the extreme damage of the past two winters.

One of the gardens lost five 20′ tall Southern Magnolias and even tough old Viburnums down to the ground. Our Little Gem Magnolias are all as brown as they are at Old Taylor Distillery but they are starting to bud out and by putting the fertilizer on them we hope to jump start the growth.

Last year, we ripped out 18 Natchez Crape Myrtles and threw them into the compost pile, only to find out later that they all leafed out in the “plant cemetery”! So, if there is hope, leave them in a few more weeks before replacing the “dead” in your garden.



Cold weather damage to a Southern Magnolia.

Let us know how your plants are doing over at our Facebook page… We love to hear your stories!

Meet our friend Jerry Bruckheimer in charming
Bloomfield, Kentucky on July 5th!

  • June 26, 2014



Kentucky is lucky to have the most successful producer in film history to call our state his home.

Linda and Jerry Bruckheimer have restored much of her grandmother’s hometown of Bloomfield, Kentucky. With charming antique stores (Nettie Jarvis Antiques), a Kentucky Proud general store (The Old Sugar Valley Country Store), a local pizza store, tearoom (Miss Merrifield’s Tea Room), meeting hall (The Olde Bloomfield Meeting Hall) and more, you must go visit this wonderful town. We love it!

If you want to meet Jerry Bruckheimer in person and get a signed copy of his new book, WHEN LIGHTNING STRIKES/Four Decades of Filmmaking, bring your whole family for a day of fun this 4th of July weekend… Hope to see you there!

– Jon

[ Visit the event page here ]

Jon & Ann were making the rounds in Louisville!

  • June 20, 2014

Jon and Ann were making the rounds in Louisville to make sure all the great people there know about the festivities at the Summer Solstice Garden Celebration this coming Saturday! Tickets are still available so hurry and get them today! We’ll see you there tomorrow!

Live on Wave 3

Live on WDRB


Hurry and get your tickets today!


Tickets for the Summer Solstice Garden Celebration
are $100.00 and include 2 meals and
4 hours of plants and entertaining classes!
To purchase tickets and for more information visit
or by phone call 502-564-3000 and ask for Mackenzie Brown.All proceeds will further the Governor’s Mansion efforts for preservation for future generations.

Mother’s Day Luncheon at the Chrysalis House
May 8 from 11:30am – 1:00pm

  • March 26, 2014



Growing up on the banks of the Rockcastle River, there are a series of blooming wildflowers that begin in early spring starting with Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica) that come up by the thousands along the river. There are a clump of solid white and solid pinks ones that show up each year, but only rarely. Of course, Momma trained us to try and be the first child to bring her a bouquet of blooming Bluebells each spring and, to this day, that’s my thought when walking along the Old Wilderness Road this time of year. Trilliums and Bloodroot, by the thousands come up next, and then Indian Moccasin, Phox, Helianthus, and so on.

This year, Chrysalis House, is honoring our sweet Momma for a Mother’s Day Luncheon and you are invited to come! For over 30 years, Chrysalis House “has been saving families one life at a time”. People sometimes need extra help to make it through the tough times. Momma has always been there for so many of us, from family to strangers that have walked in our door at the store on our property. It’s unbelievable how many of you have come up to me at parties or events and told me how important Momma has been in their life by listening to them. Chrysalis House provides this for so many women, including those with young children who are able to stay with them while undergoing treatment. Please support Chrysalis House whether you can make the luncheon or not, but hope to see you there!


Jon Carloftis




Chrysalis House Mother’s Day Luncheon
honoring Lucille Carloftis

Thursday, May 8th from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Chrysalis Community Center

Tickets are $50

Registration is Required
Online, Phone 859.977.2502 or Email

To buy tickets to this event visit the Chrysalis House website:


Celebrating 25 Years of Great Garden Ideas

  • March 19, 2014


2014 marks Jon Carloftis Fine Gardens’
25th year of great garden ideas—
many of them featured in dozens of your favorite
garden and lifestyle magazines.


A very special thank you to Christopher Hirsheimer (now one of my best friends and next door neighbor in Bucks County, PA) of Canal House Cooking for my first introduction to the magazine publishing world, ongoing encouragement, and the best leftovers from her long days creating at their canal house.

Click on the Garden Ideas tab of our website to access our library of ideas we’ve shared over this quarter-century.

But the party is not over.

Follow our work over the next 25 years via … Facebook, Instagram and our blog: What’s New… What’s Next…

Celebrating “perfect southern spaces” at Historic Botherum | Lexington, KY | September 27, 2013

  • September 28, 2013

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’.

To see photos from this event, click here!

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…

Canal House, James Beard Award | NYC | May 3rd, 2013

  • May 8, 2013

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.

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