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Monday Morning Moment Of Zen | Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

It’s hard to beat the sounds of the river. Birds, boats, the lapping of the waves coming in… Heaven! I can close my eyes, relax & go to sleep in no time 😊

I hope you found some Zen in this video… Have a great day!


Mark Carter
Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd.
Jackson, TN 38305

Monday Morning Moment Of Zen | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

I was out on a clients property the other day & he asked if I would like to see the Creek… Yes was the answer of course 😊 Even on a Hot August day the water is nice and cool 😎 Being down there by the creek was so peaceful and ‘Zen like’ … The sound of the water with the frogs & birds & cicadas is almost Hypnotic.

This is privately owned property & is the homeowners personal respite from the world. We are going to build them a custom Water Feature up by their house so they can enjoy & relax to the sound of water all the time 😊

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Beautiful Creek

I hope this little video brings a little ‘Zen’ into your day. When I want to relax, I just close my eyes and listen to the waterfalls & clear my mind. Within a few minutes I relax, my heart rate slows, my blood pressure drops & I literally feel better. Try it…


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

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Sunday Reflections…

Thinking about the Awesome power of Nature this morning. Hurricane Barry has come ashore and is flooding from the Gulf Coast to points north… Including our area in Tennessee over the next couple days. Batten down the hatches!

Prayers for the people in the path of this Hurricane.


There is no way to stop or reason with a Hurricane… But if anyone could, it would be Jimmy B. 😊 This is one of my favorites off A1A…


Have a blessed week 🙏🏻 And stay dry 💦🌂


Mark C.

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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Fall Foliage is at PEAK! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Ok folks, this is the weekend you have been waiting for! The temps are perfect, the sun is shining & the Foliage is at Peak color! BUT, it will be gone in no time… Get out this weekend and see some of this natural beauty! You deserve it 😊❤️

The Fall Color is looking gorgeous, get out and enjoy the beauty today | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Dogwoods give you a Two-fer! Spring and Fall color!

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

It’s going to be a BEAUTIFUL Weekend! Get out there and see it 😊

PS: Let me know what your favorite Fall tree is 😊

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
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Inspiration from Thoreau…

My grandparents were instrumental in my becoming a lifelong Gardener! So many days were spent with them planting and weeding and picking and preserving… Such great memories 🙂 My grandfather played a game with me to teach me to identify trees at a distance. I knew almost every tree by the time I was 10! My whole family has a true love for nature. Our Summers were spent in the woods & around the streams & creeks of the TN River playing and fishing. I wouldn’t trade my childhood for anything!

When I was around 10 years old my grandma Kay gave me a book of stories, quotes and journal entries of Henry David Thoreau & suggested that I read it. I took her advice & it really opened my eyes & made me think.

My Grandmother gave me this book when I was 10 years old. I still have it and I still reference the quotes and pictures all these years later. Thoreau really speaks to me…


I chose to become a professional Landscape & Water Feature Designer so I could do and be around what I love, nature! Reading his journal from all these years ago makes me smile. If he were alive today, he would be a daily blogger 🙂 I write a daily blog about ponds, streams & gardening – my passions! This is one of my favorite quotes from Thoreau. I feel the same way sometimes. I need to write it down in someway or it will just spill over and run to waste 🙂

“My Journal is that of me which else would spill over and run to waste, gleanings from the field which in action I reap. I must not live for it, but in it for the gods. They are my correspondent, to whom daily I send off this sheet postpaid. I am clerk in their counting-room, and at evening transfer the account from my day-book to ledger. It is as a leaf which hangs over my head in the path. I bend the twig and write my prayers on it; then letting it go, the bough springs up and shows the scrawl to heaven. As if it were not kept shut in my desk, but were as public a leaf as any in nature. It is papyrus by the riverside; it is vellum in the pastures; it is parchment on the hills. I find it everywhere as free as the leaves which troop along the lanes in autumn. The crow, the goose, the eagle carry my quill, and the wind blows the leaves as far as I go. Or, if my imagination does not soar, but gropes in slime and mud, then I write with a reed. “
    ~ Henry David Thoreau
Happy Pondering,
Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd.
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph# 731-424-2206