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PROFILE • LANDSCAPE DESIGNER

Jon Carlof tis Decades before landscape designer Jon Carloftis grew up along the banks of the Rockcastle River in the Appalachian foothills, the Richmond campus of what is now EKU was described as “The Campus Beautiful.” Carloftis Garden, dedicated in May 2017, only adds to the splendor, reminding the campus and community that as new buildings of every purpose are altering the skyline, the addition of attractive green spaces at ground level is no less critical in the University’s ongoing revitalization. Though Carloftis has acquired a national reputation as the “Gardener to the Stars,” the EKU garden is the first he ever designed for a public university campus. Fronting New Martin Hall at the intersection of Lancaster Avenue and Park Drive, it replaces tennis courts that

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were moved to the south side of campus, greatly enhancing the aesthetic appeal on the University’s western periphery. “We wanted to do a garden that was a wow factor,” said Carloftis, who received an honorary doctor of humanities degree from Eastern in 2014. “You want something that’s going to have an impact.” It certainly had that effect on Shalomel Achi, a junior public health major who spoke at the dedication. “I’m thankful for the green space you’re making available to us,” she said. “I’ve seen Eastern be transformed, and I’ve come to love it more.” n

EKU Magazine Fall 2017  

Powering Kentucky Communities

EKU Magazine Fall 2017  

Powering Kentucky Communities