Kentucky Historical Society
KHS to Host “Gardens and Governors” with Jon Carloftis, Steve Collins
FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 20, 2010)— Tour the Old Governor’s Mansion with Steve Collins, son of Martha Layne Collins, and listen as acclaimed garden designer Jon Carloftis reads from his new book when the Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) presents “Gardens and Governors” from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 12.
David Buchta, director of historic properties, will also discuss renovations to the Old Governor’s Mansion and will sign his book, “Kentucky’s State Capitol,” at the event.
The evening will begin at 5 p.m. with a tasting of several wines and heavy hors d’oeuvres, followed by Buchta’s presentation. Tours of the Old Governor’s Mansion and presentations by Carloftis and Collins, will follow. The evening will end with a book signing with Carloftis and Buchta.
Carloftis, a native Kentuckian, believes that the Bluegrass state is home to some of the most enchanting and inspired gardens in the world. His book, “Beautiful Gardens of Kentucky,” was released in May 2010 and features private and public outdoor spaces, including some of his own designs. Buchta will be signing his book, “Kentucky’s State Capitol,” which features never-before-published photographs taken during construction of the current capitol, which just celebrated its centennial.
Reservations for the event are required by Friday, Aug. 6. Tickets are $10 for KHS members and $15 for all other guests. Contact Julia Curry at 502-564-1792 or Julia.Curry@ky.gov to reserve your spot, or for more information.
“Gardens and Governors” is a special KHS Thursday evening event and is part of the Highlighting History series. The Highlighting History series includes HistorySpeaks!, Food for Thought and other special Thursday evening programs. The series offers guests an opportunity to explore a wide variety of historical topics. To find out more about Highlighting History and other KHS programs, visit www.history.ky.gov.
An agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, the Kentucky Historical Society, established in 1836, is committed to helping people understand, cherish and share Kentucky's history. The KHS history campus includes the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, the Old State Capitol and the Kentucky Military History Museum at the Old State Arsenal. For more information about the Kentucky Historical Society and its programs, visit the website at www.history.ky.gov.