Southern Living & The Kentucky Derby Partner to Create The Southern Living Garden at Kentucky Derby Museum

Kentucky Native & Master Gardener Jon Carloftis Designs Exclusive Garden to be Unveiled at the 140th Annual Running of the Roses

Birmingham, AL & Louisville, KY (April 30, 2014)--Time Inc.’s Southern Living today announced an exclusive partnership with the Kentucky Derby to create The Southern Living Garden at Kentucky Derby Museum. The garden is being conceptualized and installed by award-winning master gardener and Kentucky native Jon Carloftis of Jon Carloftis FINE GARDENS. The garden will be unveiled during the 2014 Kentucky Derby on May 3.

“From the sporting to the societal aspects of the weekend, the Derby represents exactly what we at Southern Living strive to do every day—celebrate the best of life in the South. We couldn’t be more excited and honored to design such a beautiful garden at the historic Churchill Downs,” said Southern Living Publisher Greg Schumann.

The Southern Living Garden at Kentucky Derby Museum will be located outside the museum, which attracts nearly 200,000 visitors each year. 

All of the plantings are from The Southern Living Plant Collection and will be displayed in hand-crafted limestone urns donated by Longshadow Classic Garden Ornaments. The garden will feature blue, silver, and white hydrangeas, offset by red and pink mandevillas for pops of color. A mix of shrubs and perennials from The Southern Living Plant Collection complete the design.

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