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Learn to Entertain in Classic Kentucky Style at the Governor's Mansion

As part of the Governor’s Mansion Centennial Celebration, the Kentucky Executive Mansion Foundation, Inc. (KEMFI) will host a Summer Solstice Garden Celebration Saturday, June 21. The daylong event will include several joint and breakout sessions featuring experts in horticulture, garden design, culinary arts and entertaining. 

Each guest will take part in a joint breakfast session hosted by renowned Kentucky floral designer Roiann Ridley and a joint lunch session hosted by 2013 James Beard Award winning chefs Christopher Hirscheimer and Melissa Hamilton. Guests will then have the opportunity to attend four of six available breakout sessions throughout the day, including:

· Katy Moss Warner, president emeritus, American Horticultural Society

“How Horticultural Tourism Can Bring Your Town Revenue”

· John Morris, director of visual display and buyer, L.V. Harkness & Co.

“Creating Beautiful ‘Tablescapes’ for Summer Entertaining”

· Stacy Hirvela, former garden editor for Martha Stewart Living and bestselling garden author

“Edible Spots and Pots”

· Longshadow Planters, Classic Garden Ornaments, Ltd.

“Containers as Art in the Garden”

·Beth Sebastian, Kentucky Governor’s Mansion Floral Designer

“Bringing the Garden Indoors”

· Jon Carloftis, Jon Carloftis Fine Gardens; Pat Siebel, Four Star Greenhouses and Proven Winners; and Sandy Perkins, Governor’s Mansion Landscaping

“Inside Story and History of the Governor’s Mansion Gardens”

For more information on each session, please visit

The event will take place at the Kentucky Governor’s Mansion from 9 a.m. – 3:15 p.m. with a continental breakfast and lunch provided. 

Tickets are $100 per person, with all proceeds going to KEMFI and the preservation of the Governor’s Mansion.  Tickets are available for purchase at the door; online at; or by contacting Mackenzie Brown at [email protected] or 502.564.3000.

Centennial Celebration

The yearlong Governor’s Mansion Centennial Celebration honors the Kentucky executive residence’s 100th birthday. The celebration is being marked with several public and private events.  The Mansion will also feature several special art exhibits throughout the year, including a Frankfort furniture display with antiques that would have furnished the first Governor’s Mansion in 1798.  For a complete list of currently scheduled celebration events, click here.

All events and exhibits are sponsored through private donations to KEMFI, a 501(c)(3) organization established to undertake, promote and assist financially and otherwise the restoration, maintenance and preservation of public buildings, sites, structures, places and objects of historic significance owned by the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

For the latest Centennial Celebration news and updates, go to the official Centennial website at; visit the Governor’s Mansion Facebook page at; or follow the Mansion on Twitter @GovMansion1914.