Renowned Garden Designer Jon Carloftis Coming To Chattanooga

Friday, February 15, 2013

The Chattanooga Arboretum and Nature Center (CA&NC) at Reflection Riding announces that nationally-renowned garden designer Jon Carloftis will appear in Chattanooga in April. Mr. Carloftis will present a talk at Chattanooga State in the Humanities Auditorium on April 3, at 7 p.m. 

"Putting Style into Your Garden," will outline steps to create gardens with various theme and intentions.  Hardscape materials, plant material, furniture, lighting, decorations, water features, outbuildings, garden decorations – all must complement - not overpower, to achieve a unique style that evokes the personality of the garden and the gardener. Mr. Carloftis will suggest sustainable, earth-friendly garden products dedicated to beautiful and functional outdoor living.

The Arboretum and Nature Center board has selected Mr. Carloftis - a Kentucky native with strong ties to the land and the dedication to protect it - to design the first Grandmothers Garden in the Southeastern United States to be constructed at Reflection Riding. 

"I believe that by assisting the Arboretum to highlight the extraordinary beauty of Reflection Riding, I will advance the establishment of educational venues of lasting importance to Chattanooga, and the greater horticultural community at large,” Mr. Carloftis said. “I want the Arboretum to succeed in its mission because it coincides with my own."

Mr. Carloftis is a regular contributor to national garden and lifestyle publications, with more than 200 feature stories to his credit. His garden designs and editorials have been featured repeatedly in Architectural Digest, Better Homes & Gardens, Country Home, Country Living, Garden & Gun, Garden Rooms, House Beautiful, Martha Stewart Living, Metropolitan Home, Oprah at Home, Outdoor Rooms, Renovation Style, Rodale Organic Gardening, Southern Living and Town & Country.  

His career includes appearances on The Style Channel; The Home and Garden (HGTV) Channel (The Secret Gardens of New York); ABC's Good Morning, America; and Martha Stewart.  He has served on HGTV’s Trend Advisory Board. He has written a wide variety of garden books: First a Garden (2005); Beyond the Windowsill (2007); and Beautiful Gardens of Kentucky (2010).

Donations are appreciated and will go into the Grandmothers Garden Fund



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