Carter's Water Garden


Sunday Reflection’s…

What a week… Work, rain, storms, heat, shipping delays, out of stock, yada yada… The ‘New Normal’ they call it… But, all in all a good week! Lots to be Thankful for 🙏🏻
My reward was the weekend with my lovely wife on the river. Boat riding, swimming, photography, beautiful sunsets and then after dark… Bug Watching! (yes, we are both easily entertained 😊)

A prime spot to watch bugs… Look at that line buildup! You don’t get quality bug watching like this in town! Lights a bit harsh though…

There are so many opportunities to watch bugs at the river! I mean, it’s kinda the only show in town 😊 #bugwatchin

We rode around giggling like a couple of kids, eating ice cream, cracking jokes and yes, watching bugs… I got her laughing pretty good 😊

Then we found this one, and watched for quite some time. She is pretty cool 🕷

What can I say, I’m a cheap date 😊

“Stood on the ledge of my sleepy blue sorrow
back from the edge, guess I’ll see you tomorrow
can’t lie, not the first time I’m thinking of you
but the night bugs are out, life’s distractions will do

I looked to the west as the day slowly fadyded 
turned up the volume of cricket and katydid
rhythm rubs life in the darkness outside
steer clear of the blue light or get yourself fried

With the zapper you took out the skeeters and flies
while spiders and ants faced the raider’s demise
yellow jackets and wasps, you chased from their hives,
but these night bugs are here for the rest of our lives
bittersweet bugs for the rest of our lives

Back in the house now, I roll down the screen
protecting myself from the lurking unseen
from the critters, which drawn by the lure of the light
make feast in their famine on food, flesh and fright

we handle the things that intrude in our spaces
the bugs in the dark and the unwanted faces
we roll down the screens and we listen to voices
those sweet summer sounds, and this night bug rejoices

With the zapper you took out the skeeters and flies
while spiders and ants faced the raider’s demise
yellow jackets and wasps, you chased from their hives,
but these night bugs are here for the rest of our lives

too many months have passed without hearing
the music which blends with the night bugs I’m fearing
I nearly lost hope for those sounds in my life
but these night bugs revive good ol’ summertime strife
bittersweet bugs, for the rest of my life

Stood on the ledge of my sleepy blue sorrow
back from the edge, guess I’ll see you tomorrow”

~ G Clair

Have a great Sunday!

Mark C. ❤️



The Moonlight Pond Tour is Coming | Carters Nursery Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

We have been looking forward to the upcoming Moonlight Pond Tour 🌕  I have been out nightly, feeding my Koi and Touching up lights… I’m already thinking of Saturday night, September 10th…

Here is a little glimpse of the Gardens you will be invited to visit during this wonderful Nighttime Water Garden Experience…

Mark your calendar for Saturday, September 10th. Dusk till 11pm. It’s the BEST date night of the Year! 💥 The ‘Magic Ticket’! 🪄 🌕

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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LIVE Talk Radio TODAY 9-11am! | Friday Radio Report! | Everybody Talks | Carters Nursery Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

I am walking into the studios of WNWS 101.5 FM, in downtown Jackson, TN! Im about to go LIVE from 9-11 am with Seabass and Chuck Walker! Join us today on “Everybody Talks”!

I’m on today 9-11am Call in and lets have some FUN! 731-423-8101

We finally got some rain last night and this morning! What does that mean for your Garden and Landscape? I’ll be here from 9-11am – So get your questions ready! We will be talking Outdoor Living, Koi Ponds, Gardening, trimming, mulching, landscaping, Hummingbird watching, staying cool by the swimming pool AND Just about anything else that YOU want to talk about! Ask a question, send in a picture, share a story (but please, NO politics!) It’s Friday! Call in and join us – 731-423-8101 

For 20 years Ive been involved with this Friday Talk Show and it just keeps getting better! The phone # is still the same – 731-423-8101

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Did you know you can text us? Texting us is so easy! 731-277-5155 Give us a shout out from the pond!

Come by and see us at the Nursery! We are open today until 4pm! 

Summer is In full swing at Carters! 

We have Everything for your Pond and Water Garden at Carters Nursery Pond & Patio. From Seasonal Food and Water Treatments to Filters and Supplies, we have you covered!

Here are a few recent images for ya’

Fridays on the radio are always fun! Give us a call 731-423-8101.

TGIF! See ya’ on the air 9-11am!

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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Pond Tour Tuesday! | Carters Nursery Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Its ALMOST Pour Tour Time! 🌊 And man am I ready! There is something special about visiting Gardens… A feeling. An excitement! Do you know what Im talking about? Its the closest feeling to the excitement I felt as a child that I have experienced as an adult. I simply LOVE it!

Do you get excited when you get to go visit new Gardens and see all the beauty? Man I do! There is an opportunity to go on a mapped, self guided tour coming up soon that you will just LOVE!

This years Summer Pond Tour showcases beautiful & unique, koi ponds, pondless waterfalls, disappearing fountains and of course LOTS of gorgeous landscaping! This Self Guided Tour is located in Jackson, TN. (Madison County) and is simple to follow. This Summer Pond Tour is more importantly a fundraiser for the Jackson Animal Care & Adoption Center, and 100% of ticket sales go to help them, so tell all your friends!!!

Tickets are $20 ea. (kids under 12 are FREE!). 100% of ALL ticket sales & donations go to the Jackson Animal Care Center.

If you need tickets, come on by the Nursery! If you have questions, just give us a call ☎️ 731-424-2206 is the #.

Give us a call for ticket or questions! 731-424-2206. Operators are standing by on all 4’s 🐩

What: 24th. Annual Summer Pond Tour
When: Saturday, June 25th. 9am. till 5pm.
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 $20 ea. (kids 12 and under are FREE!). 100% of ticket sales goes to the Jackson Animal Care Center!

Lets raise some money folks! $$🐩🐈🐈‍⬛🐶

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



Sunday Reflections…

What a beautiful morning! I have been looking through pictures of this last week and really reflecting on all the good things that happened. There is and will always be bad things that happen in life, but I try to focus and reflect on the good ones… Business is good, our gardens are flourishing, and one of my oldest friends just got married to the girl of his dreams ❤️ I was his best man to boot 😊 Darn good week!

Thats my buddy Matt grinning from ear to ear 😊 They were just pronounced man & wife🥂
My bride looked beautiful as well!
The music was so beautiful! I had never heard a harpest play in person like this… WOW ❤️
I got to catch up with my brother Scott! We almost had a beard fight 🤣
Matt cut the cake with his Viking broadsword 🗡 What an Awesome day!

I LOVE outdoor weddings! And this one stole the show ❤️ Perfect weather, music, food, friends and family… Thats what its all about!

Congratulations Matt & Esther Brown!❤️

Understand, I’ll slip quietly
Away from the noisy crowd
When I see the pale
Stars rising, blooming over the oaks.
I’ll pursue solitary pathways
Through the pale twilit meadows,
With only this one dream:
You come too.

~ Rainer Maria Rilke

Mark C.



Throwback Thursday | #Throwbackthursday | Carters Nursery Pind & Patio | Jackson, TN

Here’s an Awesome Throwback from 6 years ago today! The day Scout learned to cross the Pond the fun way 🤩

She had thought about it several times after watching me do it, but on this day 6 years ago – Scout did it! 💥


Now, she runs the place… 😊

Scout ’The Pond Pup’! 🐶

Everybody Loves Scout!! ❤️ 🐶

Have an Awesome #Throwbackthursday!

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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Sunday Reflections…

Well, the first week of Spring has been exciting as advertised! Plants, Ponds, Stones and Boulders have been flying! Today – Grass to trim, bird feeders to fill! Including the Hummingbird Feeders that we have recently put back up for our returning babies ❤️ But not until we eat Breakfast!

Country Ham, eggs and biscuits! Suey!!!

Jacob also insists on getting a haircut today, so Jo made quick work of that!

Decent pile of hair came off that boy!

Just to prove my point that its a lot of hair… It didnt take much shaping of the pile to reveal a “dead dog” 😂

Anyway… It turns out that our son was under that pile of hair too 😮 WOW!

I would have kept going… But it turned out well 😊


The Barber came to cut my hair, 
I told him that it wasn’t fair. 
My hair had done him no harm, 
Without it I would loose my charm. 
The Barber he grinned a silly grin, 
Said to cut my hair would be no sin. 
That I should face it like a man, 
But I’m a coward and away I ran. 
Do you like sitting in a Barbers chair, 
With him chopping away your lovely hair. 
Once my head was full of curls, 
Covering my face with twisty twirls. 
But then the Barber came my way, 
I was a child, I had no say. 
Off came my curls one by one, 
The Barber seemed to have great fun. 
Now I’m old and very grey, 
I’m nearly bald, my hairs gone away. 
But when I see a Barbers chair, 
I feel the loss of my curly hair. 
You know I truly rue the day, 
When that first Barber came my way.

– Bernard Shaw


Have a great Sunday Evening!

Mark C.



Travel 🧳 is Always FUN! But, the saying holds True! ”There’s NO Place Like Home”! ❤️

I have been absent from my Blog for a couple of weeks now. I was surprised at the # of people that sent comments to me about my absence… The messages were mostly concern that something was wrong since I write something every day… Thanks for that! But, No, there was nothing wrong! I abstained from posting in order to be totally present during a LONG road trip with my wife Jo. We were on a business, training, buying… ‘adventure’, that took us all across the South! Down thru Mississippi, across the Panhandle of Florida, along the Florida Springs trail, across to the Atlantic side and all the way down historic Coastal Highway A1A to the end of the road “Mile Marker 0” in Key West! Then back up through central Florida into Georgia exploring Nurseries and HUGE Ornamental Plant Growing operations! We even spent the night in Greg Allmans bedroom and visited the graves of some of my (and probably your) musical hero’s… Climbed a mountain, and finally ended up back home in the middle of an Ice 🧊 Storm ⛈!!!

This was my worst nightmare! A possible repeat of the Ice Storm of 1994 😳

Thank God that we were spared from a repeat of 94 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 But it was a shock to the system to come back to heavy winds from the north and 18 degree temps 🥶

This is a garden I just left down in South Florida… All I can say is ”Come on Spring”!

Over the next few days I will share some pictures and stories of our recent travels and some news of things to come 😊

To boil it down – I’m back & I am excited about 2022!

And, I’m so glad to be back home again!!!


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



New Years Eve is Here! 🎊🎉🎆🍾❤️

Here we are, standing at the crossroads of another year… So many choices to make, so much work to be done. So many blessings to count and so much more to look forward too! A wise lady told me that ’Every day above ground is a Blessing!’ ❤️

So many opportunities lay ahead! As for me, I took the road less traveled by years ago, and so far so good… Happy New Year!

“Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”

~ Robert Frost

I hope we all have a wonderful evening closing out 2021! And here’s to a HUGE 2022! 💥🍾

“Should auld acquaintance be Forgot and never brought to mind? Should auld acquaintance be Forgot and days of auld lang syne? For auld lang syne, my dear,for auld lang syne, We’ll take a cup of kindness yet,for auld lang syne.”   

 ~ Robert Burns


HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

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



LIVE Radio Friday! | Call In Show – WNWS 101.5 FM | Everybody Talks 🎤 | 731-423-8101 | Carters Nursery Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

I am walking into the studios of WNWS 101.5 FM, in downtown Jackson, TN to go LIVE from 9-11 am with Seabass aka: The Silky Chinchilla and the one and only Chuck Walker, ‘ESQUIRE’! Join us today on “Everybody Talks”! 

I’m on today 9-11am Call in and lets talk …

We will be talking – Outdoor Living, Koi Ponds, Cool Season Gardening, freezing weather, Fall activities, Camping, Glamping, Thanksgiving 🦃 AND Just about anything else that YOU want to talk about! Ask a question, send in a picture, share a story (but please, NO politics!) Call in and join us! 731-423-810

For 20 years, Ive been involved with this Friday Talk Show and it just keeps getting better! The # is still the same – 731-423-8101

You know you can listen, and you can call in and talk, the # is the same that it has been for over 20 years – 731-423-8101. But, did you know you can text your comments and questions?

Feel free to Text us at 731-277-5155 its easy and we always try to answer every text!

Drop by Carters Nursery for help with your Garden, Landscape and Koi Pond!

We are open today till 4pm to serve YOU! 

We got what you need for your Fall Landscape & Garden! 

  • Mulch 
  • Too Soil
  • Manure
  • Soil Amendments 
  • Flowers 
  • Perennials 
  • Aquatic Plants
  • Pond Fish (Koi, Shubunkin, Comets)
  • Pond Supplies
  • Fish Food
  • Fox Farm Products 
  • Stone and Gravel

Visit our Unique Boutique’ and pick up some AWESOME gifts for Christmas 🎄

We have loads of unique gift items ready for YOU at our Boutique & Garden Center…

Plus –

We also have a great supply of “Pond Stuff”… 

  • Leaf Nets
  • Water Treatments
  • Filters 
  • Skimmers
  • Pumps
  • Aeration Units
  • Floating Fountains
  • Underwater lights
  • Food
  • Deco Items
  • So much More…

Thanksgiving is coming quick! Be ready 🦃

Thanksgiving is less than 3 weeks away!

Have a great weekend! 

Give us a call this morning and lets have some FUN! 731-423-8101

Friday is Always Fun! See y’all on the air…

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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