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The Passion Flowers Are Blooming! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

A great Facebook friend posted a picture of a wild Passion Flower this morning and stated that it was her new favorite flower 😊 It drove me outside to take a photo of my Passion Vine that is blooming now too. It’s also one of MY favorites, for several reasons. ❤️

Passiflora incarnata, aka: Passion Flower. It’s also known as a maypop, a purple passionflower, a true passionflower, a wild apricot, and a wild passion vine. It’s our Tennessee State Wildflower & VERY unique! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio

The one in this picture is growing on my front porch railing and I just LOVE it! 

Did you know that you can eat the fruit that this vine grows? They are called ‘Maypops’ and taste delicious! My grandad taught me to eat them when I was a kid…

Break them open and eat the pulp and seeds. They have a sweet taste.

Another fact that makes this a ‘Have to plant’ for me is that it’s a host plant for a beautiful Butterfly! The Gulf Fritillary 🦋 

The Passion Vine is host to the beautiful Gulf Fritillary Butterfly. Having this plant in your landscape brings beauty in many ways 😊

So, enjoy the day & enjoy the beauty of this totally unique flower and plant- Passiflora incarnata, aka: The Passion Flower.


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

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The June 2nd. Butterfly Garden Workshop & Release has been Cancelled…

Update- Saturday, June 2nd. Butterfly Garden Workshop & Release has been Cancelled…
Due to the harsh Winter weather coupled with a late/wet Spring, things haven’t progressed very well & Butterflies are NOT available as usual… We are sorry to say the availability dates have been pushed into July and we are not going to be able to reschedule with our speakers this season. So sorry to have to cancel this event! Hopefully next year will be different.

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Spotlight – Upcoming Events | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

We are past our Annual Spring Fest. and firmly into the Spring season. I want to put a spotlight on our next couple of Events that are coming up at the Nursery. I always look forward to getting the season going and now that it’s here, I want you all to be in the know 🙂

Our Annual “Evening By the Pond” is coming up –  I always host the 1st. one of the season here at the Nursery.

When? – Thursday, May 17th. at 6:30pm. Come out and enjoy a laid back evening exploring the beautiful gardens & relaxing by the ponds. We always enjoy some GREAT food, visit and meet with friends & we always have an educational program on Water Gardens, Aquatic Plants, Fish OR some cool subject for all that come. These little get together’s are held during the warm season and in different peoples backyard retreats. If you would like to come & enjoy the evening please let us know and you will be put on the e-mail invitation list. Call Jo at 731-424-2206.

We always have FUN at our ‘Evenings by the Pond’ events! Come see what Outdoor living is all about.
–The first “Evening by the Pond” of the season will be hosted by Mark Carter & family at the Nursery Home on Thursday May 17th at 6:30pm.
Address – 2846 Old Medina Rd. Jackson, Tn. 38305.

 

 

The 2nd. upcoming event is our Annual Butterfly Program!

Don’t miss our Butterfly Garden Workshop and Butterfly Release June 2nd. 2018. This is a Zebra Swallowtail – Tennessee’s State Butterfly | Carters Nursery Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

June 2nd. (Saturday) 9am. –11am. – Butterfly Garden Workshop & Release: We will have great information on creating your own butterfly garden, special butterfly plants & more!

The morning will begin with a Butterfly Garden Plant Class at 9am. We have Mrs. Betty Stephens coming out to teach you all about ‘HOW TO’ attract these beautiful butterflies to your garden with proper Plant selection. Mrs. Betty is a Master Gardener, a Butterfly Enthusiast & a wonderful resource to teach on the subject of Butterflies! 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.
At 10am. we will all move inside the Butterfly House for a LIVE Butterfly Release! It’s so Beautiful folks! We will release a few groups of different species of Butterflies and we will have individual Butterflies that Kids and Adults will release. We will also have a Chrysalis Board with several different types of Butterflies! You can actually see their Life-cycle in action.
 GET HERE EARLY to get a good place in the Butterfly House! AND, if you want to release a Butterfly or want your child to release a Butterfly, call asap to get your name on the list ($5 each) – NUMBERS ARE LIMITED!

Kids LOVE this event! Call ASAP to sign up for a Butterfly of your OWN to release at the class on June 2nd.

Our annual Butterfly Release is a don’t miss event! Call to register and order a butterfly for you or your child/grandchild to release – June 2nd. 2018. AND bring a CAMERA! Don’t miss this one! Call for more info and to order a Butterfly to Personally Release (Only $5)! #731-424-2206 – ask for Jo.

Thanks and I look forward to seeing you at these exciting events!

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



Butterfly Garden Workshop & Release | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Butterfly Garden Workshop & Release | Saturday, June 2nd.

June is closer than we think… That’s why we are getting ready NOW for the Butterfly Workshop! We have a great guest speaker lined up to talk about Butterfly Plants, their life cycle and HOW to bring more Butterflies into your landscape. Mrs. Betty Stephens is coming out to teach you all about ‘HOW TO’ attract these beautiful butterflies to your garden with proper Plant selection. Mrs. Betty is a Master Gardener, a Butterfly Enthusiast & a wonderful resource to teach on the subject of Butterflies! 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. She will follow with a Q & A to answer ALL of your questions!

Don’t miss our Butterfly Garden Workshop and Butterfly Release June 2nd. 2018. This is a Zebra Swallowtail – Tennessee’s State Butterfly | Carters Nursery Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

After Mrs. Betty’s Butterfly Garden Workshop, we will move into the Greenhouse for a LIVE BUTTERFLY RELEASE! Bring the kids AND bring a CAMERA! Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity! Call for more information and to get your name on the list for a Butterfly to Personally Release (only $5 this year)! #731-424-2206 – ask for Jo or Sandra.

Our annual Butterfly Release is a don’t miss event! Call to register and order a butterfly for you or your child/grandchild to release ($5) – June 2nd. 2018. 

When – June 2nd. (Saturday) 9am. –11am.

What – Butterfly Garden Workshop & Release at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio – 2846 Old Medina Rd. Jackson, TN.

We will have great information on creating your own butterfly garden, special butterfly plants, a Butterfly Release & more!

 

To a Butterfly
I’ve watched you now a full half-hour;
Self-poised upon that yellow flower
And, little Butterfly! Indeed
I know not if you sleep or feed.
How motionless! — not frozen seas
More motionless! and then
What joy awaits you, when the breeze
Hath found you out among the trees,
And calls you forth again!

~ William Wordsworth

 

Thanks & I hope to see you here!

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



Butterfly Garden Workshop & Butterfly Release 6/3/2017
May 6, 2017, 11:54 am
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Butterfly Workshop and Release 6/3/2017
A great guest speaker, information on creating your own butterfly garden & a LIVE BUTTERFLY RELEASE are on the agenda! Bring the kids AND bring a CAMERA! Don’t miss this one! Call for more info and to get your name on the list for a Butterfly to Personally Release! #731-424-2206 – ask for Jo or Donna.

Don’t miss Carters Nursery Pond & Patio’s Butterfly House and Butterfly Release June 3rd. 2017.

We have Mrs. Betty Stephens coming out to teach you all about ‘HOW TO’ attract these beautiful butterflies to your garden with proper Plant selection. Mrs. Betty is a Master Gardener, a Butterfly Enthusiast & a wonderful resource to teach on the subject of Butterflies! 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.

Kids LOVE this event! Call ASAP to sign up for a Butterfly of your OWN to release at the class on June 3rd.

The class will be followed by a Q & A with Mrs. Betty & Mark Carter (landscape designer at Carters Nursery).

Then we will be working with Mrs. Betty & Mrs. Jo doing a LIVE butterfly release in the Butterfly House.
Set your calendars & don’t miss this AWESOME Educational Workshop! As a matter of fact – Bring the whole family! Your KIDS will love this!

The Pawpaw Tree is a native tree and is the host plant for our state butterfly! It also grows a delicious fruit, the fruit is where it gets its nickname – American Papaya. Learn more at the Butterfly Workshop and get one of your own!

WHEN – Saturday, June 3th. Starting at 9am. The Presentation will run approximately 1 1/2 – 2 hours.

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!

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!



Butterflies at Carters Nursery Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tn. | June 4th. 2016

Butterfly Workshop and Release 6/4/2016

Great guest speakers, information on creating your own butterfly garden & a LIVE BUTTERFLY RELEASE are on the agenda! Bring the kids AND bring a CAMERA! Don’t miss this one! Call for more info and to get your name on the list for a Butterfly to Personally Release! #731-424-2206 – ask for Jo.

The Passion Flower is a very important host plant for Butterflies. Learn about plants that help the Butterflies.

The Passion Flower is a very important host plant for Butterflies. Learn about plants that help the Butterflies.

We have a Great speaker to teach you all about ‘HOW TO’ attract these beautiful creatures to your garden with proper Plant selection. Here’s a little info on our guest speaker Mrs. Betty Stephens –
Mrs. Betty is a Master Gardener and Butterfly Enthusiast. 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. The class will be followed by a Q & A with Mrs. Betty & Mark Carter (landscape designer at Carters Nursery).
Then we will be working with Mrs. Betty & Mrs. Jo doing a LIVE butterfly release in the Butterfly House.

Our annual Butterfly Release is a don't miss event!

Our annual Butterfly Release is a don’t miss event!

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 4th. Starting at 9am. The Presentation will run approximately 1 1/2 – 2 hours.

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!

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!

Kids LOVE the Butterfly Release at Carters Nursery Pond & Patio | Jackson Tn. 6/4/16

Kids LOVE the Butterfly Release at Carters Nursery Pond & Patio | Jackson Tn. 6/4/16


PS: Bring a CAMERA! Unbelievable photo opps!



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


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



Butterfly Workshop

Due to popular demand, we will have the Butterfly House at the Nursery again this year! We had alot of fun last season and we are going to do it again this year starting with a Butterfly Garden Class and a Butterfly Release!

This event is FREE! Don’t miss this Awesome event!

WHEN : SATURDAY, JUNE 26TH 9am – 12pm.

WHERE : Carter Nursery, Pond & Patio

WHAT will we do? : We will start with a intro to Butterfly gardens at 9am. In this class we will teach you how to design a Butterfly Garden and discuss what plants are necessary to “Host” & Feed your Butterflies. Plants and Butterflies along with ‘Butterfly Kits’ (a closed terrarium with a caterpillar that will transform into a butterfly) will be available at this seminar for purchase.

A BUTTERFLY RELEASE WILL BE HELD after the class, at approx. 10am.! ! ! Bring your Cameras! The class will be presented by Butterfly expert-Celeste Bursi of Butterflies in Memphis! Don’t miss this Great Event!

HOW do I register? : Call Sandra or Jo at the Nursery at 731-424-2206 OR e-mail us at jocarter@charter.net. The first 100 people to register will get to release a Butterfly! The class is filling quickly so call to sign up now! See you there!

   ~ Mark Carter



Butterfly House at Carter Country

Due to popular demand, we will have the Butterfly House at the Nursery again this year! We had alot of fun last season and we are going to do it again this year starting with a Butterfly Garden class and a Butterfly release!

Set your Calendars for :

 SATURDAY, JUNE 26TH  9am – 2pm.

In this class we will teach you how to design a Butterfly Garden and discuss what plants are necessary to “Host” & Feed your Butterflies. Plants and Butterflies along with “Kits” will be available at this seminar for purchase. A BUTTERFLY RELEASE WILL BE HELD ON THIS DAY! ! ! Bring your Cameras! The class will be presented by Celeste Bursi of Butterflies in Memphis! Don’t miss this Great Event!

    ~ Mark Carter