Botanica to Host Cindi Sullivan, Bob Hill and David Karem at Speaker Event, October 6th

Botanica is excited to host a Louisville Luminaries Panel Discussion titled: “A Garden of Our Own: Creating a Botanical Garden in Louisville” at the Louisville Water Tower on Thursday, October 6, 2011. This event will feature a speaker panel with well-known Louisvillians: Cindi Sullivan, Bob Hill and David Karem. (Learn more about our speakers below).


Thursday, October 6, 2011

Reception at 5:30 p.m.

Panel Discussion at 6:30 p.m.


Louisville Water Tower

3005 River Road – Louisville, KY 40207


Free to Botanica Members. Members can RSVP to the event by calling 502.276.5404.

Non-Members: $10. Purchase tickets online – or at the door on the day of the event.

The event will feature David Karem, President of the Louisville Waterfront Development Corporation; Cindi Sullivan, Host of WAVE TV Listen Live and Living Better with Cindi Sullivan on WHAS Radio; and Bob Hill, Louisville Magazine Columinist, Owner of Hidden Hill Nursery and Botanica Board Member, and will be moderated by Brian Voelker, Botanica Board President.

Our panelists will discuss their ideas about botanical gardens. Some of the topics will include what the panelists would like to see in a botanical garden design, what plantings would be best for such a garden in Louisville and which Botanical gardens are their favorites.

There will also be time for a general discussion about fall gardening topics. Panelists will also take questions from the audience, and light refreshments will be provided. Board President Brian Voelker will give updates about Botanica and its mission to establish a Botanical garden in Louisville. This event will also serve as our annual meeting for Botanica members so we encourage all members to make an effort to attend.


Bob Hill was a Courier-Journal columnist and garden writer for more than 30 years, and now writes for national garden magazines. He and his wife, Janet, own Hidden Hill Nursery & Sculpture Garden in Utica, IN. Visit for more information.


Cindi Sullivan is a native Kentuckian, born and raised in Lexington. She is a graduate of the University Of Kentucky College Of Agriculture with a specialty in Horticulture.

In addition to lawn and garden related topics, Cindi also explores other topics of interest to listeners in her Living Better with Cindi Sullivan segments on 84WHAS Radio and with Kentucky Hearth and Home on the Kentucky News Network.

In addition to her full time duties at Clear Channel Louisville, she hosts Listens Live! On WAVE3 TV in Louisville—a daily interactive live talk show and provides weekly Lawn and Garden features for WAVE3.

Cindi has served as President of the American Community Gardening Association; she is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Louisville Olmsted Parks Conservancy, the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and the Louisville Nursery Association. She is a Kentucky Certified Nurseryman and a Certified Arborist, as well as a Certified Compost Operator.

Cindi’s husband Steve is the CFO of The Corradino Group, a national planning and engineering firm. Cindi and Steve have two children: a daughter, Stephanie, and a son, Bradley.


David Karem is president of the Louisville Waterfront Development Corporation. He received an undergraduate degree is from the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art & Planning, and he obtained his Juris Doctorate from the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law. He serves on the board of Spalding University, Scenic Kentucky, and the Main Street Association.

David served in the Kentucky General Assembly for 33 years, and served on the Education Committees of the General Assembly for 32 of those years. He served for more than 20 years on the Southern Regional Education Board, served as chair of the SREB Legislative Advisory Council and as Treasurer of the SREB Board.

David currently serves as Chair of Kentucky Board of Education. He has served as a juror for the landscape architecture schools at Harvard University, Louisiana State University, and the University of Kentucky, and as a member of the Grawemeyer Award in Education Final Selection Committee in 2002, 2004 and 2008. He is the recipient of the Governor’s Arts Award, the Kentucky Society of the American Institute of Architects Laureate Award, and the Jefferson County Public Schools/Gheens Academy Pioneer Innovator in Education Award 1983-2008.

David and his wife, Anne, have two sons, Dr. Jeff Karem and doctoral candidate Andrew Karem.