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In May of 2012, my partner (Dale Fisher) and I purchased an historic home in Lexington, Ky. Botherum (the historic home) will become our personal residence, while the carriage house will serve as our Kentucky office for Jon Carloftis Fine Gardens. Botherum is an eclectic mansion incorporating multiple architectural styles. Designed by architect John McMurtry for Madison C. Johnson, Botherum was completed in 1851. The house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and Clay Lancaster, renowned architectural historian, once wrote that “Botherum is a jewel of architecture which contains the finest interior of its type in existence.”

We appreciate the overwhelming support from friends, family, and garden enthusiasts as we begin our journey at Botherum. A very special thanks to our friends and new neighbors Fran Taylor and Tom Cheek who were first to encourage us to purchase this magnificent property. Our home will be the destination for the upcoming Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation’s free “deTour” program, which allows the public to visit historically significant houses and sites they normally wouldn’t get to see. Come join us for the BFT’s June 6th deTour of the famous Botherum, located at 341 Madison Place.

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