Carter's Water Garden


Happy Memorial Day! 🇺🇸 God Bless America! 🇺🇸

Today is a Holy Day! 🙏🏻 Memorial Day is a day of respect and remembrance for those true hero’s that made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms!

Thank you to all the men and women who gave ALL, so that we could live and enjoy all our freedoms! Tell your kids and grandkids what this day stands for! God Bless America 💥

The tumult and the shouting dies;
   The Captains and the Kings depart:
Still stands Thine ancient sacrifice,
   An humble and a contrite heart.
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget—lest we forget!

~ Rudyard Kipling

God Bless America!

Mark Carter



Carters Nursery Is Closed In Observance Of Memorial Day

I have received a few calls and messages asking if we are open today, we are not… We are closed today and Monday for Memorial Day. Have a great weekend! And remember, This weekend we honor the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. “All gave some. Some gave all”.

Remember
Someone’s child, left long ago,
A strange land,
Someone’s foe.
An unmarked grave, fields of green,
Resting quiet,
Just eighteen.
Winds of freedom, wash us now,
Remember him,
This I vow

~ Victor C. Kleinschmit

Have a safe and Happy holiday!

God Bless America 🇺🇸

Mark Carter



YODO…
Snoopy has a great point. We should enjoy each day on its on merits. Instead of waiting on a vacation or a destination, we should find happiness in each Sunrise and sunset 🌅

That’s my new motto… Instead of YOLO (You only live once) Its YODO (You Only Die Once)!

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

God Bless America 🇺🇸

Mark C.



Throwback Thursday

A timely throwback memory. My cousin Kim is in town for graduations and a few other things, so I pulled up a few old pics and made a little collage of Kim and family down through the years. Cousins are very special family! We are as close as siblings and even better friends than if we were brothers and sisters 😊

It’s so nice getting to spend some time with family that you grew up with. Lifelong memories ❤️

Here’s to #Throwbackthursday!

Mark Carter



Sunday Reflections…

Spring is my favorite season for many reasons. It’s also my busiest season for many of the same reasons. Coming out of Winter, everyone emerges from their hibernation and blossoms 🌺 The phone starts ringing, and I’m out designing Waterfalls and Landscapes 6 and maybe even 7 days a week… And, I love ❤️ it!
But, right about mid May every year, I look up and realize that Spring is running away… Keeping the work/life balance is tough sometimes 😊 Even on a Sunday Morning.

IF you haven’t, get out there now and grab some Spring before we transition to Summer… It’s right around the corner 🌞

“By the time one is eighty, it is said, there is no longer a tug of war in the garden with the May flowers hauling like mad against the claims of the other months.  All is at last in balance and all is serene.  The gardener is usually dead, of course.”

~ Henry Mitchell

Mark C.



Sunday Reflections…

My day started early… straightened up the house a little, straightened up outside and on the porch a little… Cleaned the grill real good, cut up veggies and sliced salmon filets, etc etc. Getting ready for Mother’s Day lunch is a bit of work, BUT, worth every minute of the effort! ❤️

Mom came over and ate and we all had a good visit.

I meant to get good pictures of the plated food before it was all eaten… Oh well, I guess it was good 😊 By the time I remembered, there wasn’t much left…

What’s for dinner? “Grilled Salmon with Mango salsa, mixed roasted vegetables, broccoli slaw, Mac & Cheese with bacon, and mixed fruit salad”. Y’all come!

I got a picture with all the moms in the room together. Pretty awesome if you ask me. My mom and sister and My wife and her mom.

It’s been a while since everyone could be together at the same time. So it was a great day on many levels!

“Youth fades; love droops; the leaves of friendship fall; A mother’s secret hope outlives them all.”

~ Oliver Wendell Holmes


Happy Mother’s Day to all the Moms out there! What would we do without y’all?!

Mark Carter



Throwback Thursday…

I always enjoy looking back on #throwbackthursday. Today my memory is in full bloom.

I helped my Grandad dig this old azalea up decades ago.

As a young man, I spent much of my Summer time working with my Grandad. Gardening, working cattle and cutting, splitting and hauling wood 🪵 for the winter. A HUGE old oak tree fell in a lady’s yard during a storm. Grandad was called to cut it up and haul it away. So we did just that, and more.

The old Oak had fallen in a huge flower bed and destroyed a lot of plants. Including a big drift of these azaleas. She told us to take what we wanted if they were salvageable… So, grandma came over and picked out what she wanted and we dug em up and transplanted them to our home place. When Spring rolls around each year, this Azalea (the last one) is a living reminder of those times spent with my Grandad cutting wood and with my Grandma in the Garden ❤️

Here’s to family memories!

#throwbackthursday

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



Our Annual April 1st. ‘Chilly Willy’ Plunge is ON!!!

“As Per Tradition”, we, the “Distinguished Few” will meet at the “Big Pond”, at the Nursery to Take our Annual ‘Chilly Willy Plunge” exactly at sunrise, which is 6:41am in the morning! I am, SO! excited! 💥 Last years plunge was canceled by the “Pandemic”… But this year, IT… IS… ON!!! Tomorrow morning is the 1st day of the END of our ‘Mask Mandate as well! So feel free to come on out topless! You are still welcome to wear a mask of course, and we will make our respective plunges this year in smaller than normal groups as well. So Come on! Always a fun event! But, tomorrow mornings ‘CWP’ will be taken at a crisp, 27 degrees (+\-) Fahrenheit… A record low temperature! Can you say shrinkage 🥶

Get here early! Sunrise is 6:41am! You will need time to park and walk to the ponds edge. As you know, only about 15 people at a time have room to get in the pond comfortably. This year to make people more at ease in our “Social Distance’ world, we will limit it at 8 people per group plunge. The 1st group as always will be “first come, first in”! So I would get here early if you want to be in the official photo, that will probably be on the cover of the soon to be published Photo Book about unique activities in our area! 💥🍾

I will open the gates as early as possible so everyone can get a number and get in position. I recommend that you come dressed in your chosen ‘Plunge attire’, wearing a robe or heavy coat & water shoes or flip flops. Some have even worn Cover All’s that they unzip and step right out of. Remember, it’s gonna be COLD 🥶

REMEMBER – please RSVP so I will know how much coco and mimosas to have ready 👍🏻

  • Bring your own towels! 2 or 3 of them!

– Hot coco will be available.
PS: There’s a rumor that a ‘certain someone’, will be serving Mimosas for an epic Sunrise 🌅

Man, am I ready for this! 🌞 Viva La’ ‘Tradicion’!

Hee Haw y’all! See ya’ in the AM!

Mark C.



Sunday Reflections…

When you live at a Nursery, there are still many things to do on a Sunday morning. Check the Greenhouses, water plants, etc… This morning there was a little storm cleanup, and we had to check all the Fountains and Ponds for debris in the skimmers and the like (Bad wind and storms last night). But I love it 😊 Walking into a warm greenhouse, the smell of the plants and the beauty of all the plants, Heaven! I’m still sitting in the greenhouse as I type this ❤️ The north wind is blowing outside today… But in here, it’s a Sunny, Warm Spring day!

You might not have a greenhouse, but I hope you get out and enjoy this beautiful day!

“I like to think of people as a greenhouse
We are only a short moment in history
We can be radiant and beautiful
We can diffuse bliss and contentment
We can show the world that there is more to it 
Some of us are short-lived gardens
We forget to water ourselves
Forget that we need sunshine to live
We forget that most on our rainy days
When clouds swarm our four walls
And the light of day does not touch us like it used to
Our flowers droop, fall, and die
We are only plants that require attention
Living objects that some pick up and some only marvel at
We are unique and earmarked
We are not the same
But each of us are fascinating in our own way
Do not forget to take care of yourself
You have so much more to yourself
Than the desolation you feel”

~ authentic

Brunch is fixing to happen 😊

Mark C.



Remembrance…

George D. (Uncle Doug) Brinkley, passed away peacefully last night. Covid 19 pneumonia was just too much for his lungs to handle. He was loved by all that knew him. He led a very interesting life to say the least… He enlisted in the US Navy at age 19 and went on to work in Navy Nuclear Power. He attended college in California (UCSD & UCLA) and in Tennessee (TN Tech) where he earned several degrees including Electronic Engineering. He was an early computer designer and program writer for several company’s. But his heart was back home in the gardens. He came to work for me in 1989 when I started Carters Nursery. He said he was “Burned Out” on all the technology and computer screens. He wanted to get back outside and grow things. Which he did! He helped design landscapes, he worked in greenhouses, he watered and pruned, fertilized and mulched and everything else that goes with a Nursery business. He also helped me start a fish retailing set up where his engineering sense came in handy! He became an expert on Koi! We teased him a bit by calling him the “Koi Whisperer”, but he really was… He was also a Chess ♟ Master! Playing and defeating most everyone that sat down across the board from him 😊

He retired in 2015 and enjoyed his time messing around in the gardens and  koi ponds. He played chess ♟ and many other games with friends. He loved spending time with friends and family! He also adored and loved his many pets. He will be forever missed. Rest In Peace Uncle Doug 🙏🏻 I Love you!

Uncle Doug and I had a special bond. I have always loved this picture of us. I was around 2 and he had helped me draw a mustache on my lip. He told me I was determined to have one! So he helped me out 😊

PS: We plan to have a memorial service in the future, date TBD. 

Thank you and God Bless 🙏🏻

Mark Carter