Carter’s Garden Blog


Butterfly Release @ Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio 6/6/2015
May 22, 2015, 11:27 am
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Butterfly Workshop and Release 6/6/2015

Zebra Swallowtail nectaring on Milkweed.

Zebra Swallowtail nectaring on Milkweed.

Butterfly Gardens are more popular than ever! This season I have spoken with someone most everyday about plants that attract butterflies – Milkweed most of all! The Monarch Butterfly has gotten so much needed attention as of late. Planting milkweed and trying to re-establish habitat for these special creatures is a very special cause. There are also many other Butterflies in our gardens and landscapes that are beautiful and beneficial. So with this continued popularity, the need for good information & popular demand – we are planning to do another Butterfly Garden Workshop this year!

We have 2 Great speakers 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 also.
Then we will enter the Butterfly House where you will meet –

Speaker #2 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 calendars & don’t miss this AWESOME Educational Workshop! As a matter of fact – Bring the whole family! Your KIDS will LOVE this!

WHEN – Saturday, June 6th. Starting at 9am. The 1st. Presentation will run approx.45minutes 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! Unbelievable photo opps!

Mark Carter

Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd.
Jackson, Tn. 38305
731-424-2206
www.cartercountry.com


Spring Pond Tour 2015
April 22, 2015, 4:49 pm
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May 16th.(Saturday) – Our ‘Spring’ Pond Tour is our 1st. Pond Tour of the season! Our Spring Pond Tour is always the Saturday after Mother’s Day & is always a FUN and Beautiful Day! The Spring Pond Tour is a Self Guided Tour, so you can move from stop to stop at your own pace and really enjoy all the Gardens on the Pond Tour.

See unique Water Features on the Spring Pond Tour, with Carters Nursery, Jackson, Tn.

See unique Water Features on the Spring Pond Tour, with Carters Nursery, Jackson, Tn.


The Spring Pond Tour is a Fundraiser for the Jackson Humane Society. We have been holding this garden tour for 17 years and counting for our local Humane Society and we hope you will come out and join us and help us raise some money for this worth cause. The tour starts at 9am.& goes until 4pm. Carters Nursery Pond & Patio is “Pond Central” for the Pond Tour and we invite you to come by throughout the day to sit a spell, have a drink & something to eat and look at all the BEAUTIFUL Gardens and Water Features.
Bridges, Waterfalls, colorful fish and more await you on the Spring Pond Tour.

Bridges, Waterfalls, colorful fish and more await you on the Spring Pond Tour.


What: Spring Pond Tour to benefit the JMCHS

Where: Jackson, Tn. 38305 (Various locations) Get tickets at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio.

When: Saturday, May 16th. 9am. till 4pm.

How do I get tickets?  Pick up your tickets at Carters Nursery 2846 Old Medina Rd. Jackson, Tn. 38305. Tickets are $10 ea. (kids under 12 are FREE!). 100% of ALL ticket sales & donations go to the Humane Society!



Water Garden Workshop
April 20, 2015, 4:28 pm
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April 25th. – Learn ALL About Water Gardening! We will go over how to Design, prepare & build an ALL Natural, “Low Maintenance” Water Garden of your own!

Unique Water Gardens, Pondless Waterfalls and Fountains will be viewed & discussed.

Unique Water Gardens, Pondless Waterfalls and Fountains will be viewed & discussed.

We will discuss everything you need to have the Low Maintenance Water Garden of your dreams… You will learn about – Filters, Stone, Aquatic Plants, Underwater Lighting, Fish & more! Get your hands dirty OR just watch and join the discussion and enjoy a morning in the garden. 9am. till lunch… Please call to Register. This event is Free.

We will view & discuss pond fish, the most popular of course - Koi!

We will view & discuss pond fish, the most popular of course – Koi!

WHAT – Water Gardening Workshop
WHEN – Saturday, April 25th. 9am – 11am.
WHERE – Carters Nursery Pond & Patio . 2846 Old Medina Rd. Jackson, Tn. 38305

Please call to register for this event. Call Jo or Sandra at 731-424-2206 or e-mail at cartercountry@charter.net



2015 Spring Fest. & Aquatic Workshop
March 20, 2015, 7:38 pm
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Jackson, Tn. – Come join us at Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio for our annual Spring Fest.! We will have lots of fun and informative things to take part in. Bring the kids and let them pet the animals at our ‘Petting Zoo’. There will also be Pony Rides available for the kids. For the Adults, we will have several opportunities for you to learn all about Water Gardens! You can get all the information you will need to Design, Build and Maintain a Beautiful Water Garden, Pondless Waterfall or Koi Pond of your own. So if you have a Water Feature and want to learn more about it, the Aquatic Plants available, Pond Fish like Koi, Comets & Shubunkins, etc. you will Love it! AND, if you don’t have a Water Garden, but have been wanting to find out more about them, this is for you too!

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

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

Classes will start around 9am. and will go all the way through till 2pm. We will perform a ‘Hands on’ cleanout of 2 Ponds on site! You can actually see all the work being done, learn and ask questions right there on the spot! We will also have a discussion on Water Garden Design and “How To” Implement one in YOUR Landscape! We will cover the basics of Aquatic Plants and discuss how you can introduce more Aquatic Plants in your Waterscape AND your Landscape.

People gather around to learn the secrets of 'How To' build a Waterfall. AND how to take care of your Pond.

People gather around to learn the secrets of ‘How To’ build a Waterfall. AND how to take care of your Pond.

I will be cooking lunch for all that come, my treat! I’m fixing Hot Dogs and Smoked Sausage with ALL the fixings! We will also be firing up the Saffire Grill to cook some special things & we are going to smoke some pork shoulders on our new ‘Chubby Smoker’! We will have chips and cookies and more! This is my favorite part of the show because I get to grill & cook!

We are gonna cook up some good food!

We are gonna cook up some good food!

Mark it on the calendar and come out and see us!

What: Carters Nursery, Pond & Patios Annual Spring Festival & Aquatic Workshop

Where: Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio – 2846 Old Medina Rd. in Jackson, Tn.

When: Saturday, March 28th. from 9am till 2pm.

WHY should I come? It’s going to be a FUN filled day for the whole family! AND it’s FREE! Petting Zoo & Pony Rides for the kids! BIG SALES for the Spring Season and “How To” Classes by the best in the Biz.!

For more information give us a call : # 731-424-2206 or http://www.cartercountry.com/ Y’all Come!



Spring Fest is coming! Carters Nursery Pond & Patio, Jackson, Tn.
March 10, 2015, 4:14 pm
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MARCH 28th. – Carter’s Nursery Spring Festival & Customer Appreciation Day! Something for the whole family! Learn all about Ponds, Water Gardens, Aquatic Plants, Koi & more! Take part in one of our Workshops & classes, enjoy a Petting Zoo & Pony Rides for the kids + GREAT FOOD for all! Come out and help us kick off SPRING! (Saturday 9am. till 2pm.) This is a FREE event!



Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio – Pond Tours in 2015
March 5, 2015, 12:09 pm
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We are holding 3 Pond Tours this year. A Spring Pond Tour (May 16th.), a Summer Pond Tour (June 27th.), & a Fall ‘Moonlight’ Pond Tour (September 26th.). All are fund raisers for our local Jackson Madison Co. Humane Society.

Unique Water Gardens, Pondless Waterfalls and Fountains will be showcased on the Pond Tours.

May 16th.(Saturday) – Our Annual Spring Pond Tour – Our ‘Spring’ Pond Tour. is the 1st. of the season! (Always the Sat. after Mother’s Day) – A FUN and Beautiful Day! This is a Self Guided Tour and this is a Fundraiser for the Jackson Humane Society. We have been holding this garden tour for 17 years and counting for our local Humane Society and we hope you will come out and join us! The tour starts at 9am.! Tickets are $10 ea. (kids under 12 are FREE!). 100% of ALL ticket sales & donations go to the Humane Society! Carters Nursery Pond & Patio is “Pond Central” for the Pond Tour and we invite you to come by throughout the day to sit a spell, have a drink & something to eat and look at the BEAUTIFUL Gardens and Water Features.

June 27th. – 17th. Annual Summer Pond Tour – Our ‘Summer’ Pond Tour (Always the Saturday after Father’s Day) is A FUN and Beautiful Day! This is a Self Guided Tour and this is a Fundraiser for the Jackson Humane Society. Tickets are $10 ea. (kids under 12 are FREE!). Carters Nursery is “Pond Central” for the Pond Tour and we invite you to come by throughout the day to sit a spell, have a drink & something to eat and look at the BEAUTIFUL Gardens and Water Features.

~ This is also the night of the “Moonlight Luau!” Live music! + We cook a whole hog in the ground “Kalua Style” and have a party beneath the stars! This is a DON’T MISS event! More info to come!

September 26th. – 11th annual Moonlight Pond Tour. This is our Annual Night Time Pond Tour! The tour always falls on a Saturday Night closest to the Full Moon!! Don’t miss this Unique Garden Tour Experience! Tickets are $10 ea. (kids under 12 are FREE!). 100% of ALL ticket sales & donations go to the Humane Society! Carters Nursery is “Pond Central” for the Pond Tour and we invite you to come by throughout the evening and night to sit a spell, have a drink & something to eat. Enjoy the Fire Pit and look at the BEAUTIFUL Garden and Water Feature Lighting.

The nighttime garden is a magical world. The Moonlight Pond Tour is AWESOME!

Thanks & I’ll see you ‘around the pond’!

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd.
Jackson, Tn. 38305


Getting my garden and landscape ready for Spring
February 25, 2015, 8:21 am
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Question : What do I do to get my Garden ready for Spring?
The simple Answer is : Lots of things!
I was asked this question on Good Morning West Tn. yesterday morning. We all had some fun talking about working in your garden and gave out some good advice for sure. So this little list is an extension from that for all the folks who didn’t have time to make notes.
Of course clean up is job 1. Rake up those leaves and sticks and debris from the fall and winter. This is so important for the success of your garden! Not only is all that debris unattractive, it can be a home for overwintering insects as well as fungi that can get right back on your plants.
Then –

– Trimming and Pruning! This is a great time of year to get out there and do some trimming.Cut back you Roses, Ornamental Grasses, Perennials, and most Ornamental Shrubs like hollies and boxwoods. Not azaleas yet… Wait until they have bloomed to trim these :) Limb up those trees in the landscape and along the borders too. Many people ask me WHEN to prune their Crape Myrtles, IF you haven’t already, do it now – It’s time!

Pruning tools and organic insecticides are your friends in the garden.

Pruning tools and organic products are your friends in the garden.

– Spray you fruit trees! Start out with a good Dormant Oil spray. Mix as directed on the label and spray well. This is the first step in a Spray program and is well worth the effort!

– Prepare your Soil in the Vegetable Garden! This is a wonderful time to clean up your vegetable garden! Clean out old plants and weeds, till the soil and add some good organic amendments – Chicken Poop, Black Cow manure, lime, Epson Salt, Mushroom Compost and Earthworm Castings. After you till your garden space, rake it out and plant some cool season vegetables like turnips, collards, carrots, radish, and the cool season list goes on…

We have organic soil amendments for your garden. Manure, compost and more.

We have organic soil amendments for your garden. Manure, compost and more.

– Fertilize! This is a great time to fertilize your Shrubs and Trees! This is a great time to fertilize your cool season lawns too. You can use a good balanced fertilizer like 15-15-15 for most chores or you can “Go Green” with a Organic fertilizer like Milorganite. Another GREAT Organic choice is to side dress your shrubs, trees & other plants with Composted Manure! Chicken Poop is my favorite and we have it available at the Nursery.

– Mulch! Aged Hardwood Bark Mulch is the most popular for ornamentals. But there are other great mulches too! Like pine bark, pine needles, cypress mulch, lava rock and decorative gravel. All these are great and really help your plants – it keeps weeds down and looks beautiful, it stabilizes soil temperature, protects the root system, protects the trunk of your trees from mechanical damage from mowers and string trimmers and much more! Mulch is the answer.

We have bulk mulch in stock for your project.

We have bulk mulch in stock for your project.

– Planting! This is an awesome time to plant most any ornamental plants in your landscape! Trees, shrubs, bulbs and more! Get your plan together, go by the nursery and get those beautiful plants in the ground.

OK, I just gave you LOTS to do…. Lets get out there and enjoy the coming season!

Here’s to Spring!

~Mark Carte




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