Madison Living - Kentucky Winter 2018 - Page 16

BEYOND Madison Green gardens Rockcastle River Trading Company in Livingston carries on family traditions J Story Critley King Smith ust south of Berea and tucked away within the Daniel Boone National Forest and just along the banks of the river is a family business that has been in operation since 1955 β€” The Rockcastle River Trading Company and Riverside Gardens in Livingston, Ky. Encapsulated in gardens of numerous variety, the location looks like one from a charming romance novel, the south in a much more genteel time. The business, which is part store and part park, is owned by Jon Carloftis, renowned rooftop gardener and designer, and his mother Lucille Carloftis, age 90. A collaborative effort, the two are assisted with day-to-day operation of the trading company by other members of The Rockcastle River striking red board visage of The Rockcastle River Trading Company can be seen from the road. 16 Madison Living WINTER 2018 the close-knit Carloftis family. The magical garden oasis had its start when Lucille and her husband, Carlos, fascinated with Native American culture, opened Fort Sequoyah Indian Village on their Livingston property, where Native Americans showcased their works of art, including basketry, pottery, beadwork and wood carvings, according to their son, Buzz Carloftis. β€œIn total, there were about eight to 10 American Indians living on the property throughout the years, with many more coming and going for a week or a month at a time,” said a story published in Kentucky Monthly. All six Carloftis children grew up learning Continued on page 18 SUBMITTED PHOTOS