New Half-Day Symposium Explores the Art & Business of Garden Design

The Joseph Regenstein, Jr. School of the Chicago Botanic Garden presents a half-day symposium exploring “The Art and Business of Garden Design” on Tuesday, October 7 with world renowned garden designer Jon Carloftis.

Carloftis will take avid gardeners, interior designers and landscape designers alike down his design career’s path starting at his old fashioned Kentucky home, and ending with designing for the stars on New York City’s rooftops and balconies. Join Carloftis as he retells the stories behind several of his design projects showing you the before and after, and all the in-between. He will discuss the entire process of creating a garden from the first visit, to strategizing, to finding all the right players (sub-contractors), and installation and maintenance. Carloftis will share his secrets of using a person’s interior design to get a good flow for what will work outside.

In addition to many awards and accomplishments, two of Carloftis’ gardens were featured on HGTV’s Secret Garden’s of News York. He has appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America and Martha Stewart Living, and one of his porch designs was recently featured in Oprah’s O At Home magazine.

There will be a question and answer period and a book signing during the break.

Hours are from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.  Cost is $74. Chicago Botanic Garden members pay $59. Registration deadline is September 30. To register for the symposium or to request a brochure call 847-835-8261, or visit the Garden’s Web site at