Carter’s Garden Blog


Open House at Carters Nursery! ‘Get your feet WET’ with Water Gardening!
July 10, 2014, 8:54 am
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-July 19th. – Getting Your Feet Wet with Water Gardening! This is our 1st. “Summer Seminar” of the season & our Annual Summer OPEN HOUSE at Carter’s Nursery! Take part in our Classes, Tour our Gardens and Ponds & stay for lunch with the Mark Carter “Pond Guy” and crew for a great day of Fun and Learning.

Unique Pondless Waterfalls and Fountains will be discussed in detail.

Unique Pondless Waterfalls and Fountains will be discussed in detail.


This one is special too – This is our 25th. Anniversary/Year in Business! We are going to have the ‘Getting your feet wet seminar, cook some great food for y’all & since it’s our 25th. Year – we are going to give 25% discounts on ALL our Water Gardening inventory & ALL plants this one day! SO don’t miss this Open House at Carter’s Nursery :)
Everyone loves to learn more about their pond. Even the kids :)

Everyone loves to learn more about their pond. Even the kids :)



Check out our new Saffire Grill!
July 8, 2014, 1:15 pm
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We now stock & sell the Saffire Grill & accessories. Come by and check one out today!



Summer Pond Tour 2014 Video
June 10, 2014, 9:27 pm
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Summer Pond Tour & Moonlight Luau June 21st. 2014
June 3, 2014, 10:07 am
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It’s Pond Tour time again in Tennessee and I am EXCITED! This years Summer Tour will showcase Dozens of Unique, Custom Water Gardens, Koi Ponds, Pondless Waterfalls, Disappearing Fountains and of course LOTS of Gorgeous Landscaping! This is our LARGEST Pond Tour of the season AND we host our Annual “Moonlight Pond Party” after the Tour is over. This Self Guided Tour is located in Jackson, Tn. (Madison County) and is easy to follow. The Summer Pond Tour is a Fundraiser for the Jackson Madison County Humane Society. 100% of ticket sales go to help them, so tell all your friends!

The Moonlight Luau is fun for the whole family.

The Moonlight Luau is fun for the whole family.

Back By Popular Demand – Again, this years Moonlight Party will be called the “Moonlight Luau”! We have been having so much fun with the “Luau” theme! So, we are gonna do it again! We will decorate it up nicely – complete with lights, Tiki torches, Hawaiian Leis, a Cool Band playing laid back music and we are going to cook another “Kaula Pig”! WHAT is that you ask??? That means the whole hog will be cooked in the ground “Hawaiian Luau style”! We want everyone to wear your favorite Hawaiian Shirt, skirt, hat, WHATEVER – and come on out for a Cool Evening. I’m thinking of giving an award this year for ‘Best Luau outfit’ – so have some fun.

Unique Pondless Waterfalls and Fountains.

Unique Pondless Waterfalls and Fountains.

This Self Guided Tour is located in Jackson, Tn. (Madison County) and is easy to follow. The Summer Pond Tour is a Fundraiser for the Jackson Madison County Humane Society. 100% of ticket sales go to help them, so tell all your friends!

Summer Pond Tour Tickets are $10 ea. (kids 12 and under are FREE!). Tickets can be purchased at Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio, ph# 731-424-2206. Each group receives a Map Booklet with detailed descriptions and directions. “A number of this year’s Summer Pond Tour stops are new water gardens, along with favorites featured in our prior Pond Tours” says Mark Carter, General Manager and Designer at Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio. “We hope lots of folks will come out and be Amazed by the wonderful effect these Ponds, Waterfalls, Streams and Fish make. It’s always a Fun day and a Beautiful night at our Moonlight Luau. The Moonlight Luau is an appreciation dinner for all those who put their houses on the tour and for the folks who purchase tickets to attend the tour. It’s my way of saying Thanks!” says Carter.

What: 16th. Annual Summer Pond Tour & Moonlight Luau.

When: Saturday, June 21st. 9am. till 5pm. – Gates will re-open for the Moonlight Luau – 8pm. till 10pm.

Where can I get Tickets? Call or come by Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio at 2846 Old Medina Rd. Jackson, Tn. 38305 or call Jo or Sandra at 731-424-2206

How much are tickets? Tickets are $10 ea. (kids 12 and under are FREE!). 100% of ticket sales goes to the Jackson Humane Society!



Butterfly Workshop & Release 2014

Butterfly Workshop and Release

Zebra Swallowtail nectaring on Milkweed.

Zebra Swallowtail nectaring on Milkweed.

Butterfly Gardens are HOT! I literally speak with someone most everyday about plants that attract butterflies, Host plants for specific butterflies and the like. Butterfly Gardening is popular all over the country now too! So with this continued popularity and the need for good information in mind, we are planning to do another Butterfly Garden Workshop this year!

We will have 2 Great speakers here to help teach you all about Butterflies and ‘HOW TO’ attract them to your garden.

Speaker #1 is Master Gardener and Butterfly Enthusiast Mrs. Betty Welch Stephens. She will start us off with a great Garden Workshop about Host Plants, nectar plants and how they work with the Butterflies in your Garden. Landscape Designer Mark Carter will be on hand to assist and answer questions too.
Then we will enter the Butterfly House where –

Speaker #2 is Celeste Bursi of Butterflies in Memphis. She will be leading a presentation on Butterflies & their lifecycle and she will lead us in a “Live Butterfly Release”!

Register your kids to get to release a Butterfly! But do it quickly - they are going quick!

Register your kids to get to release a Butterfly! But do it quickly – they are going quick!

Set your calenders! Don’t miss this AWESOME Educational Workshop! Bring the whole family! Your KIDS will LOVE this!

WHEN – Saturday, June 7th. Starting at 9am. The 1st. Presentation will run approx.45 minutes to 1 hour with plenty of time for a personal Q & A with Mrs. Stevens and Mark Carter. Then around 10 we will move into the Butterfly House for the Butterfly Release Program with Mrs. Celeste Bursi.

WHERE – Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio – 2846 Old Medina Rd. Jackson TN. 38305 For more info call – 731-424-2206

WHAT – We will learn about our beautiful friend, the Butterfly! We will learn about the life-cycle of the Butterfly, their host plants, their impact on our environment and how to attract them to YOUR GARDEN! Butterflies AND Butterfly Plants will be available at the workshop. AND there will be a LIVE BUTTERFLY RELEASE during the Program!

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HOW DO I REGISTER – It’s Easy! AND It’s Free! Just call the Nursery at 731-424-2206. Tell them how many will be with your group and your done! There will be a limited # of butterflies available for kids to release – IF you want to be on this list, CALL ASAP! These slots will fill quickly. Bring a folding lawn chair if you like. I hope to see you all there! It’s going to be AWESOME!

PS: Bring a CAMERA!

– Mark Carter



‘Spring Pond Tour 2014′
April 30, 2014, 1:25 pm
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SPRING is finally here & It’s Pond Tour time in Tennessee! This is our 1st.Pond Tour of the 2014 Season and we want to share an outdoor living environment like no other with you and your family! This years Spring Tour will showcase many Unique, Custom Water Gardens, Koi Ponds, Pondless Waterfalls, Disappearing Fountains and of course LOTS of Gorgeous Landscaping!

Tour beautiful Water Gardens & Ponds on the annual Pond Tour.

Tour beautiful Water Gardens & Ponds on the annual Pond Tour.

This Self Guided Tour will consist of a dozen or so water features within the surrounding area of North Jackson, Tn. (Madison County) and is centrally located to Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio. The Carter Nursery location will be where we have our open house – basically “Pond Central” for the tour. You are welcome to stop by anytime during the day and get free refreshments and you are invited to sit back, kick your feet up and enjoy the experience of being a water feature owner yourself. We will also have experts at Carter’s to answer any questions that you may have about water features and how you can get started with one yourself.

Whether you just take the tour, come by the Nursery (“Pond Central”) or both, you will be inspired by all the natural beauty. Come enjoy a beautiful Spring day in the Garden with us :)

Unique Pondless Waterfalls and Fountains.

Unique Pondless Waterfalls and Fountains.

The Spring Pond Tour is a Fundraiser for the Jackson Madison County Humane Society. We believe in our local Humane Society and have been sponsoring this Pond Tour as a fundraiser for them for 16 years now. So come on out and help us support a worthy Local charity.

- Spring Pond Tour Tickets are $10 ea. (kids under 12 are FREE!). Tickets can be purchased at Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio, ph# 731-424-2206. Each group receives a Map Booklet with detailed descriptions and directions.100% of all donations go to the Humane Society.

“A number of this year’s Spring Pond Tour stops are new water gardens, along with favorites featured in prior pond tours. A few may be on the Moonlight Pond Tour in the Fall, so get a daytime look at the Garden NOW, then come back for the Moonlight Pond Tour and you will get to experience the best of BOTH worlds,” says Mark Carter, Landscape Designer at Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio. “We hope lots of folks will come out and see what a wonderful effect these Gorgeous Landscapes, Waterfalls, Plants and Fish can have on your life. It’s always a Fun, Beautiful Day when you get out and tour gardens, and the tour really helps our local Humane Society. They are a local non profit & get ALL their funding through donations. It’s a Win-Win.

A Water Feature will change your life.

A Water Feature will change your life.

What: 16th. Annual Spring Pond Tour.

When: Saturday, May 17th. 9am. till 5pm.

Where can I get Tickets? – Call or come by Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio at 2846 Old Medina Rd. Jackson, Tn. 38305 or call Jo or Sandra at 731-424-2206. Tickets are $10 ea. (kids under 12 are FREE!)



Water Gardening 101
April 7, 2014, 7:55 pm
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April 26th. – Water Gardening 101!
This has become a very popular class. We do this once a year, so sign up quick!

People gather around to learn the secrets of 'How To' build a Waterfall.

People gather around to learn the secrets of ‘How To’ build a Waterfall.


- We will go over how to Design, prepare & build an ALL Natural, “Low Maintenance” Water Garden of your own!
- We will discuss the use of aquatic plants.
- We will discuss Koi & Koi health.
- We will build a Waterfall on site at the nursery!
Mark will grill hotdogs for lunch, so come on out & learn from the best and make a morning of it.
We will fire up the AOG Grill & cook lunch for everyone that comes!

We will fire up the AOG Grill & cook lunch for everyone that comes!


WHAT – Water Gardening 101
WHEN – Saturday, April 26th. 9am – 12pm.
WHERE – Carters Nursery Pond & Patio . 2846 Old Medina Rd. Jacson, Tn. 38305
Please call to register for this event. Call Jo or Sandra at 731-424-2206 or e-mail at cartercountry@charter.net




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