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Best Trees For Fall Color | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

This came up yesterday on the radio – So here ya go…

“We’ve been talking a lot about fall color around the nursery, on the radio and on this blog. Have you been getting out to see it and experience it… I hope you have been and are still doing just that! 😊 Here’s the color map –

I have had SO MANY questions the last couple of weeks about my favorite trees to plant for Fall color and what I would recommend to plant in people’s Landscapes. So here is a short list of some of my favorite trees that do well here in West Tennessee.“

Mark’s Top Ten Trees for Fall Color –

  •  Red Maple – Acer rubrum 

    One of our best trees for Fall Color.

  • Sugar Maple –  Acer saccharum 

    Wonderful Color + the BEST Syrup ever😜

  • Balled Cypress – Taxodium distichum 

    Such a unique tree! Bald Cypress are very underutilized for their seasonal interest. They are such a beautiful tree. Interesting fact : The Bald Cypress is a deciduous conifer.

  • Dogwoods – Cornus florida 

    Everyone thinks of spring with the Dogwood tree blossoms, BUT – They are beautiful in the fall with their red tinged leaves and shiny red seeds.

  • Sassafrass – Sassafras albidum 

    One of my favorite trees for several reasons! But the biggie is the breathtaking Fall Color! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

  • Ginko – Ginkgo biloba 

    A “Living Fossil” – This unique tree ‘WOW’S’ in  the Fall!

  • Crepe Myrtle –  Lagerstroemia 

    Not only does this ornamental tree bring outstanding Spring & Summer interest, they also bring eye popping color every Fall!

  • Black Gum –  Nyssa sylvatica 

    The Black Gum or Tupelo Gum tree is one of my favorite natives!

  • White Oak – Quercus alba 

    Big native shade tree with striking, deep crimson/red Fall color.

  • Sourwood – Oxydendrum arboreum 

    A very unique native tree, really shows out in the Fall!

    Mark Carter
    Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
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Sunday Reflections…

The color is really changing in the landscape now. The Maples and Dogwoods are at peak. I try to keep my eye on the changing colors every Fall. It’s such a beautiful time of the year 🍁 But, blink and you’ll miss something. You just gotta get out there to enjoy it 😊

Fall color is here today, gone tomorrow… Get out and see it now 😊

”In the garden, Autumn is, indeed the crowning glory of the year, bringing us the fruition of months of thought and care and toil. And at no season, safe perhaps in Daffodil time, do we get such superb colour effects as from August to November.”

~ Rose G. Kingsley

Have a Happy Day!

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd. 
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph.# 731-424-2206
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Monday Morning Moment of Zen …

What a beautiful morning! The tide is going out leaving these shallow tidal pools, warm & full of life… small crabs, minnows & lots of sea shells are left behind. Not to mention the Herons…

This Heron makes a living stealing bait 😊


The sound and sight of the Gulf is my offering for today’s Moment of Zen.

Happy Pondering 🤔


Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
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Beautiful, Early Snow ❄️ A Blessing For The Gardener | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Our first snow ❄️ came a bit early this year! Pre-Thanksgiving snow is a rareity in the South for sure 😊 But don’t let it get you down! I try to enjoy the blessings and the opportunity’s as they come!

A snowy landscape is Beautiful! Get out and😊

Snow is very beneficial for our gardens too!  Just a few things that snow does –

  •  Snow brings nutrients to the soil! (Free Fertilizer!) – Nitrogen, phosphorus, sulphur & more are captured in the snowfall and are then slowly released into the soil as it melts.
  • Snow ❄️ is a wonderful blanket that insulates and protects the soil and many plants from freezing damage.
  • Snow helps to recharge our groundwater!
  • Snow gives US a break from the garden too😇

Snowy weather brings the birds to your feeders! They come all day to eat, to get a drink and even bathe. I LOVE to photograph birds in our landscape and at our feeders. | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Enjoy this beautiful day while it lasts! We got an early taste of winter and for many of us, a day off 😉
Happy Pondering!
Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd. 
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph.# 731-424-2206
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Parade of Ponds Photo Contest
June 12, 2009, 2:28 pm
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Well last years photo contest was FUN. I hope you will take part in it again this year. We had photos of pets, wildlife, nature, children playing, people relaxing and of course waterfalls, flowers and insects. It was delightful to see what interests people have. I know this year you will have tons of great photo opportunities to capture with the click of your shutter or the push of a button. Children, parents and grandparents can all enter the contest. There are so many beautiful settings to capture. Bring your family and friends along and get some great shots taken together.

What better way to preserve the beauty of nature than to capture it on film. With settings like these, it is nearly impossible not to create breath taking pictures.

I take photos regularly, then I can look back year to year and see how much the gardens have matured. We have literally watched trees grow thru captured photographs.

I hope you enjoy this summer on the tour. Remember, each ticket purchased is for Charity, but ticket holders hold more than just a ticket. They hold the chance to spend the day with the beauty of Nature. You will see nature before your very eyes. Bumble Bees, Butterflies, Lady Bugs, Frogs and Fish. They all are living, the “Life Abundant” day to day.



1ST PLACE /$100.00 Gift Certificate

2nd PLACE / $50.00 Gift Certificate

3rd PLACE / $25.00 Gift Certificate


1ST PLACE /$100.00 Gift Certificate,

2nd PLACE / $50.00 Gift Certificate,

3rd PLACE / $25.00 Gift Certificate


1ST PLACE /$100.00 Gift Certificate,

2nd PLACE / $50.00 Gift Certificate,

3rd PLACE / $25.00 Gift Certificate

Carter’s Nursery Gift Certificates will be awarded to contest winners


1. All photos must be taken without causing any damage or stress to the subject or the homeowners property.

2. All entries must be labeled with the applicants – name, address, phone number and the site # of the Parade of Ponds entry.

3. All entries must be identified with the correct category to be judged. The same Photo can not be submitted in more than ONE category. The contestant may however enter more than one photo per category if he or she would like to do so.

4. All entries must be received by July 31st, 2009.

Winners names along with their photos, will be posted on our website

5. All entries shall become the exclusive property of Carter’s Nursery, Pond and Patio, Inc., which reserves the right to publish or reprint any entry for Carter’s Nursery Pond & Patio purposes.


Please use the highest resolution possible for

Digital Photos (7 mega pixel or better)

35 MM slides and/or good quality 35 MM prints.

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mail slides and 35 MM photos to:

Photo Contest

2846 Old Medina Road

Jackson, TN. 38305

Thanks and I hope to see you there!

  – Mark Carter