Eastern Kentucky University isn’t known as “The Campus Beautiful” for nothing. Walking through campus at any time of the year is a reminder of how that nickname was earned. Cozy brick buildings and finely cultivated gardens are a testimony to it. The campus has a crown jewel in the form of the Carloftis Garden, dedicated in 2017. Named after and designed by Rockcastle County native and gardener Jon Carloftis, the garden lies in front of New Martin Hall. Wild bergamot and maroon hibiscus flowers fill the air with intoxicating aromas. The gurgling fountains add another layer to the experience. The Carloftis Garden’s plants are still growing, and one can only imagine how increasingly beautiful they will be in years to come.