Jon Carloftis, award-winning garden writer, author and lecturer, will be the guest at the Paducah Garden Club meeting at 1 p.m. March 16 at the Country Club of Paducah. The meeting is open to the public.
Light refreshments will be served, and Carloftis' products will be for sale. Those wanting to attend should arrive 15 minutes early for seating.
"We are absolutely thrilled to host Jon in Paducah," said Renee Tilley, the program co-chairman of the Paducah Garden Club. "Not only is he one of the best-known gardeners in America, he is also a Kentucky native, which makes this appearance even more special."
Carloftis regularly contributes to national garden and lifestyle publications such as Architectural Digest, Garden & Gun, House Beautiful and Southern Living. His TV career includes appearances on "Good Morning America," Martha Stewart and HGTV.
He has written a variety of garden books, including "Beautiful Gardens of Kentucky."
Carloftis began his career in gardening in New York, where he has become one of America's pioneers in rooftop and small-space gardening.
As a 10th-generation Kentuckian, Carloftis graduated from the University of Kentucky and moved to New York in 1988. What was supposed to be a summer spent in the city before starting his business at home in Lexington ended up being a 25-year career of designing and installing rooftop gardens all over Manhattan.
Carloftis has created gardens for people such as actors Julianne Moore, Edward Norton and Mike Myers as well as Google's New York complex. From traditional to modern, all of the gardens are built for entertaining and enjoying the outdoors through good design and knowledge of plants.
The next chapter for Carloftis is unfolding back home in Lexington, where he bought a historic 1851 home called Botherum. Within a year, he received the highest honor in the state for historic restoration of the home and garden.
Other ongoing Kentucky projects include work for Maker's Mark Distillery and Castle and Key distilleries, Eastern Kentucky University, and the University of the Cumberlands, several large horse farms, and many rooftop gardens in both Louisville and Lexington.