Carter’s Garden Blog


Stream & Waterfall Design & Restoration
August 25, 2015, 7:19 pm
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Jackson, Tn. 38305
This is a going to be fun for everyone –
New people in the hobby will LOVE this class! Ideas & insights are GOLD!

AND if you’ve had a Pond for a while and want to add something, or update it a little… Like adding a stream or new waterfall, this is for you!

AND if you have a Pond that has never been quite… right – It needs filtrations help or more plants or SOMETHING – BAM!

We will go over how to Design, prepare & build an ALL Natural, “Low Maintenance” Water Garden of your own! How to place and create a natural looking waterfall and stream will be a major topic of conversation!

AND – How to turn an older Water feature/Pond into a brand new, “facelifted” feature or a troubled green water pond into a crystal clear pond of your dreams!

Learn more about building a waterfall with the pro's at Carters Nursery Pond & Patio. Jackson, Tn.

Learn more about building a waterfall with the pro’s at Carters Nursery Pond & Patio. Jackson, Tn.

– We will discuss proper pond filtration.
– We will discuss the use of aquatic plants in your ‘Aquascape’.
– We will discuss Landscape Design ideas that can really create dramatic change.
– We will re-design & re-build a Waterfall on one of our Ponds on site at the nursery during this class!

After the class Mark is going to fire up the grill & cook up some good stuff for lunch for all that come! This is our last ‘Summer Seminar’ for the season… So come on out and join us!

We are going to cook lunch on our AOG Grill and our Saffire Grill at Carters Nursery - Jackson, Tn.

We are going to cook lunch on our AOG Grill and our Saffire Grill at Carters Nursery – Jackson, Tn.

WHAT – Stream & Waterfall Design & Renovation
WHEN – Saturday, September 12th. 9am – 11pm.
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. This event is FREE!

~ Thanks & I hope to see you here!

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd.
Jackson Tn. 38305
731-424-2206
http://www.cartercountry.com/



Moonlight Pond Tour ‘Sparkles’ in Jackson, Tn. with Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio & the JMCHS
August 19, 2015, 2:53 pm
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September 26th. – 11th annual Moonlight Pond Tour. This is our Annual Fall 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 11th. Annual Moonlight Pond Tour is coming soon and you don’t want to miss this Wonderful Night! This is the original and only Garden Tour of it’s type in the state of Tennessee! This Water Garden Tour was founded and is hosted each year by Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio of Jackson, Tn.(Madison County), and benefits the Jackson Madison County Humane Society.

This BEAUTIFUL property is on the Moonlight Pond Tour! Come see what Outdoor living is all about.

The Moonlight Pond Tour takes place each Fall and coincides with the Full Moon (the Harvest Moon). The Moonlight Pond Tour will showcase Eco-System Ponds, Water Gardens, Pondless Waterfalls, Disappearing Fountains and Koi Ponds, all under a Gorgeous ‘Moonlit sky’ and is enhanced by AWESOME Landscape Lighting. “People just Love this event” says Mark Carter, Landscape Designer at Carters Nursery. “It’s Very unique! Most people have never been on a Garden Tour at night, much less a Pond tour… But once they see the Landscape Lighting and the Waterfalls glowing and the fish sparkling in the Underwater Lights, they are blown away. It’s a great night out with the family & friends and a Wonderful Date Night” says Carter.

The nighttime garden is a magical world.

Now in its 11th year, The Moonlight Pond Tour features favorite Ponds from years past along with some awesome new Water Features to enjoy! This is a self guided tour and is easy to follow, so tour at your own pace! Most of the stops are close together and the signs and map booklets are wonderfully easy to follow.
The Jackson Madison County Humane Society receives 100% of the money from the tickets we sell for the tour! We Love and Support our Local Humane Society and we Support their Mission in our Community! We truly appreciate your support too. It’s a Win-Win – Have fun and help a worthy cause!

Glowing Fountains, waterfalls & more await.

What: The 11th. Annual Moonlight Pond Tour
When: Saturday, September 26th. from dusk till 11pm.
Where: Beautiful North Jackson, Tn. in Madison County & Humbolt, Tn. in Gibson Co.
Why: It’s Fun, Affordable and it’s for a GREAT CAUSE! A truly Unique & Beautiful Garden Tour!
Tickets: $10 for the Pond Tour (no charge for kids age 10 and under)
Moonlight Pond Tour Tickets are ON SALE NOW at Carter’s Nursery! Call Jo or Sandra for more info at 731-424-2206 e-mail at cartercountry@charter.net or on the web at http://www.cartercountry.com



What is an Outdoor Lifestyle Area? Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio Jackson Tn. 38305
August 10, 2015, 2:16 pm
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Today someone asked me ‘What is an outdoor lifestyle area’… GREAT Question!
outdoor kitchen

Outdoor Lifestyle Areas allow you to really enjoy the backyard. A Pond, Patio, grill and garden area to get comfy is the Ultimate! Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio Jackson Tn 38305

Outdoor Lifestyle Areas allow you to really enjoy the backyard. A Pond, Patio, grill and garden area to get comfy is the Ultimate! Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio Jackson Tn 38305


I used these photo’s to help give a visual idea of the concept.

Simply put, an ‘Outdoor Lifestyle area’ is an outdoor area where you can comfortably live and enjoy your life in the style you most enjoy. As a Landscape Designer, I design these outdoor spaces every day – it’s my passion and it’s my main job at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio.

As with most things, I try to keep it as simple as possible –

It usually starts with an area to sit or lounge comfortably.
* A Patio or Deck area. I love the area to be covered if at all possible (roof attached to home, Pergola or Gazebo, etc). Enjoy the space year round!
* A place to cook – Grill, Stove, Outdoor Oven etc…
* Comfortable places to sit & eat are very important! (Furniture, Seat Walls, etc.).
* I like my outdoor space to be surrounded with a beautiful Garden! Screening plants to provide privacy, fragrant plants etc. & almost 100% of the time –
A Water Feature is the focal point of the entire outdoor area! Sound fills the senses!

I have several Outdoor Displays that you can come view anytime during business hours if you want to learn more about the world of possibilities in ‘Outdoor Living’

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

Thanks!

~ Mark Carter



Come to our Open House August 1st. and ‘Get your feet WET with Water Gardening’!
July 12, 2015, 5:53 pm
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August 1st. 2015 Jackson, Tn.

9am.- 2pm. We are proud to be hosting our annual Summer OPEN HOUSE for 2015! We will have experts on hand to guide you on personal Pond & Garden tours around the grounds of the Nursery AND we will have a morning class from 9am. till 11am. on how to – ‘Get Your Feet Wet with Water Gardening!’ This class will give you a great overview of what the water garden lifestyle is all about.

We do a great class at the Open House. Everyone loves to learn more about their Water Feature. Even the kids have fun.

We do a great class at the Open House. Everyone loves to learn more about their Water Feature. Even the kids have fun.

Jo is going to be having some GREAT sales going on all day around the nursery on all our Water Gardening supplies, Aquatic Plants & KOI!

Great SALE at our Summer Open House! Pond Supplies, Aquatic Plants, fish, pottery and more!

Great SALE at our Summer Open House! Pond Supplies, Aquatic Plants, fish, pottery and more!

AND we will be providing lunch to all that come! This is our annual Summer OPEN HOUSE at Carter’s Nursery! SO, please join Mark Carter “Pond Guy” and the Carter’s crew for a great day of Fun and Learning.

We will have some good food for all that come out.

We will have some good food for all that come out.



Summer Pond Tour & Moonlight Luau 2015 – A benefit for the JMCHS!
June 8, 2015, 9:56 am
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Summer Pond Tour & Moonlight Luau June 27th. 2015 – A benefit for the JMCHS!

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!

See the Water Gardens and the Koi at the Summer Pond Tour and Moonlight Luau.

See the Water Gardens and the Koi at the Summer Pond Tour and Moonlight Luau.

Back By Popular Demand – Again, this years Moonlight After 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 a Sandy Beach, lights, Tiki torches, Hawaiian Leis, a Cool Band playing laid back music and we are going to cook “Kaula Pork”! WHAT is that you ask??? That means the Pork will be cooked wrapped in Banana leafs and spiced “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 giving an award (& PRIZE!) this year for ‘Best Luau outfit’ – so have some fun.

We gonna have some LUAU style pork and we will  fire up the AOG grill & the Saffire grill too! Y'all come...

We gonna have some LUAU style pork and we will fire up the AOG grill & the Saffire grill too! Y’all come…

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.

The Moonlight Luau is fun for the whole family. Come party on our private beach at Carters Nursery :)

The Moonlight Luau is fun for the whole family. Come party on our private beach at Carters Nursery :)

What: 17th. Annual Summer Pond Tour & Moonlight Luau.

When: Saturday, June 27th. 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 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!




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