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Throwback Thursday | Carters Nursery Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Today I got a cool Facebook memory of a Garden Show we did 9 or 10 years ago that really took me back. Back in the “Old Days” we would do 3-5 Spring Garden Shows every year. It was just the way things were done, and I loved it! I planned them very carefully, I worked up scale drawings, then hand picked plants and stone etc. etc. Just like it was a Project that would transform a real Landscape! But in reality, we would spend 4-5 days building it, 3 days manning the display booth & then 2-3 more days tearing it down and putting things back into inventory! WOW 😳 It was A LOT of investment and a LOT of work! But, we were able to shown people what we could do! And we won many awards for our efforts. Best of Show (many times). Best Waterfall, River of Dreams. Best Designer. Most Creative Design. Etc.

Now days you can look at my Facebook page, or my Pinterest page, or my Instagram page… Or come to my 7 acre Aquatic Garden Center with Pond’s and Waterfalls and Koi 😊 Most any day of the week!

So for Educating the Consumer, it’s much more Awesome! But, sometimes it’s nice to look back at how we used to do things and smile 😊

Here’s to cool Throwbacks. Sometimes progress is a good thing 😊

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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2021 Events! | Coming Soon | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio

I am working on our 2021 Events Schedule. I will publish it soon 🔜 BUT, I just wanted to let you know, it’s our plan to make up for what we couldn’t do last year! 😊 Stay tuned…

It’s 2021 and Spring is Coming!

Have a great evening!

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



Throwback Thursday | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

My son recently turned 18. LOTS of memories and emotions have been bubbling up 😭 one thing that I keep finding is pictures of him in and around the ponds & waterfalls. He simply LOVES them! So this one is my offering for Throwback Thursday.

Jacob has loved Koi and ponds since birth I think 😊 This was taken at the dedication to this teaching pond at a local school 16 or so years ago. This picture ended up on the “Ponds for Kids” booklet that promotes Ponds in schools. #Throwbackthursday

He was 2 in this picture 😊 This “Teaching Pond” is still being used to inspire and teach youngsters about science, ecology & even art. A BIG shoutout to the great educators that were and still are responsible for this school pond happening! Steve, Elizabeth & Christine – Y’all Rock! Keep up the good work!

Have a great #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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Creating A Schoolyard Habitat

Making a better world one “Habitat”at a time

Tennessean’s are special people . We love our land , we protect our environment and we pass these love’s and traditions on to our children . Some of my most precious childhood memory’s are in the garden or in the woods with my dad or grandad . My grandmothers on both sides were gardening guru’s in their own rights and they taught me many things that I still use in my everyday life . It stuck with me and now I make my living designing gardens and landscapes for other people and it is indeed a way of life for me and something I truly love .

A ‘Special’ Design

Not long ago I was asked to help in the development of a ‘Teaching Pond’ at a local school . The school found me through a program that I take part in called ‘Ponds for Kids’ . Ponds for Kids is sponsored by N.A.W.G.S ( North Am.Water Garden Society)  http://www.nawgs.org/ and is an amazing program .
I met with the faculty and discussed their wants and needs for the teaching pond to aid in the development of the design/plan . After doing some extensive research , I found a program that fits perfectly with what they wanted to do ! It’s called the Schoolyard Habitat Program and it’s sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation, http://www.nwf.org/schoolyard/. What a great idea ! An entire ‘Habitat’ with a pond , garden , bird feeders , bird houses & more . I immediately sat down and started drawing a plan , a plan that would have a teaching pond and a native garden with all the requirements to qualify to be a Schoolyard Habitat .
This habitat would provide an Awesome teaching environment ; Science , Biology , Ecology , Art , and a long list of other things could be taught and communicated through this classroom.
In the end this was a combined effort between the students, faculty and my company and it went great ! This Schoolyard Habitat will help educate kids for generations to come and it has and will continue to have a positive impact on the community . We’re sowing seeds for the future folks .

Gardening for Wildlife , Gardening for Life

All wildlife requires food, water, cover and places to reproduce and raise their young. Sound familiar? Our worlds are not that different. These four (4) elements are the basic requirements for creating a habitat .
It doesn’t stop at schoolyards either ! The NWF has a ‘Backyard Habitat’ program for folks who want to enjoy all that mother nature has to offer , right in your own back yard .What does it take you may ask ? The same four (4) basic elements (food , water , cover & places to reproduce and raise young) . How does a waterfall and pond sound , how about a blackberry patch or a native thicket of flowering fruit trees ? Trumpet honeysuckle and native perennials are also great for nectar and pollen in your new garden . Put up a few bird feeders and bird houses . How about a butterfly or bat house . All these things not only help support the wildlife in our areas they enrich our lives as well . How you manage your landscape can really have a positive effect on your health, your environment and your community. This is truly living the life Abundant ! Once you start , your hooked for life . For more information on making your backyard a ‘Backyard Habitat’ go to http://www.nwf.org/backyard/ .

I hope you all enjoy a wonderful gardening season !

– Here’s to the ‘Life Abundant’ !