Celebrated garden designer Jon Carloftis speaks to how he finds a muse in every environment, letting his clients’ natural styles and tastes inform his approach to creating beautiful gardens and landscapes. He encourages us to have an open mind, to look for natural cues in the details and to listen intently before creating. He shares a series of inspiring before/after looks into his work, highlighting how the client, the sites and stories are crucial elements of his muse.

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After graduating from UK in 1988, Jon moved to New York City and started a garden business before the rooftop garden craze really got going and made a successful business for 25 years, later moving to Bucks County, PA and working in the city. After purchasing Botherum, the house of his dreams since college, Jon sold his home and business and moved back full-time to Kentucky. With projects including Maker’s Mark, Castle & Key Distillery, the Apiary, and many other private clients, his work is helping Kentucky become known as a “Garden” state as well as the “Bourbon, Basketball, and Horse Capital of the World”.

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