Jon Carloftis, garden designer (#112)
Garden designer Jon Carloftis discusses his life’s work, from its beginnings in his native Rockcastle County to his work in Manhattan.
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Carloftis grew up in a rugged area of Rockcastle County, the youngest of six children. During his childhood, the family ran a replica Western town called Fort Sequoyah that was a popular tourist attraction. He and mother Lucille later put their business experience to use in starting the Rockcastle River Trading Company. Today, he runs a garden design and landscaping company, Jon Carloftis Fine Gardens, on Manhattan’s wealthy Upper East Side. His garden design work, Carloftis says, comes from a deep-rooted passion for “trying to make the world a little more green, a little more beautiful.”