Carter’s Garden Blog

How much does a Water Garden cost?

Answer : It depends…

This is a question I get a LOT! It’s a natural question to ask too. How much?… SO, lets explore it. – Price vs. Cost.

You can buy a small pre formed “Pond Kit” for $100 – so is that what a water garden costs? Not really…

That small $100 pond kit is usually a BIG mistake! High maintenance and requiring chemicals to maintain water quality… Check around first & do it right the first time!


I have designed and installed custom Water Gardens that cost over $100,000.00! So is that what a water garden costs? Again, not really…

The #1 thing to know about getting in the Water Garden hobby is, Quality matters!
The above mentioned $100 pond kit, in my experience, is a BAD idea! In no way is this a quality item… In fact, most people will end up throwing that equipment away and saying “To heck with water gardening! its too much work”!

On the other hand the client that I installed that $100,000.00 feature for is completely thrilled! It meets and exceeds all their expectations. But, you don’t have to spend nearly that much money to have a winning experience!

A properly designed Water Garden will be low maintenance & the highlight of your landscape!

Buying a Water Feature is similar to buying a hot tub or pool or car – there are lots of options! Size, streams, waterfalls, fish caves, lighting, filtration, flow rates, aquatic plants, etc, etc… The best advice I can give you is – “Do your Homework”! Get educated on what you want and do it right the 1st. time!

I have a showroom of Water Gardens, Waterfalls, Pondless Fountains and more at my business (Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tn.) to help you understand the options and possibilities. Each type of Water Feature is also given a starting price range to work from. So you, the customer know where and what to expect –

Come by Carters Nursery Pond & Patio and I will help you properly design your Water Feature. We have all the products and expertise to help you truly succeed with your Water Garden! Don’t focus on the “Price tag”! Learn about the actual cost and maintenance of a properly designed feature.

For example – When I design a Water Garden it will be a complete feature (filtration system, plumbing, pumps, waterfalls, stone & boulders, aquatic plants, fish, etc.) so its ready to establish a true working eco-system and run/perform – NOW. These complete packages start at $4,995.00 installed.

IF your a DIY person, we can help you too! We will help you design and specify your water feature products and deliver them to your door. We will help you “Succeed” with your project! NO one else does that! Expect to invest $2-3,000.00 in materials to get the desired effect and you’ve saved BIG BUCKS! I could go on & on, but I think I have covered the basic question. I am here to talk further and answer any questions you may have 6 days a week. Feel free to give me a call 731-424-2206.

I hope this helps! Everyone wants a Water Garden, I want to help them get it & enjoy it!


Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd.
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph# 731-424-2206

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