Nestled deep in downtown Lexington, Kentucky, a historic home from 1851 once sat boarded up in disrepair, surrounded by its secret gardens. That is, until Kentucky native and great American gardener, Jon Carloftis, revived it into his private oasis in Bourbon Country.
Within a year of the property’s restoration, Carloftis received the highest honor in the state for historic restoration of the home and garden, now known as Botherum. He used his decades-long career of designing and installing rooftop gardens all over Manhattan, where he had become one of America’s pioneers in rooftop and small space gathering in New York City, to resuscitate the forgotten Kentucky estate.
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