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

Throwback Thursday is always fun! It seems like most of my Throwbacks have lots of meaning and importance to me… I guess that’s what makes them worth the time 😊 This one for sure! My son actually tee’d this one up for me today ❤️ He made a post on Facebook today that I’m using my for this Thursday’s Throwback, check it out 👇🏻

Jacobs post – “I’m part of an amazing Tribe! The word got out we were looking for some help on a Pond Squad build and 22 Certified Aquascape Contractors showed up on their own! We are shooting in Alabama and people came from Texas, Georgia, Tennessee, Pennsylvania and one couple drove all the way down from New Hampshire! I love what I do and the people I do it with! “ #pondsquad

This project was 5 years ago in Gulf Shores, Alabama and was hosted by Gulf Shores Aquascape (shout out to Motel and Buford!) Jacob was 13 years old at the time & was over the top Thrilled to able to go with his dad! But the BIG thrill was the fact that we would be working on the ‘New’ Gulf Coast Zoo project! 💥 A little backstory here – he has grown up loving the Gulf Coast Zoo! Nicknamed “The little Zoo That Could” after surviving Hurricane Ivan in 2005! The little zoo won worldwide love and acclaim and the donations started rolling in. The writing was on the wall. The Zoo must grow and must never face another disaster like Ivan again! Which meant, Relocation! Cut to 2015 and the 1st Water Feature was being installed in the New Zoo – “The Little Zoo That Grew” in its New Location! The Waterfalls and Landscape on ‘Spider Monkey Island’ was the first BIG Water Feature for the Zoo, and it was being installed by Professional Waterfall Builders (CAC’s) on a TV 📺 Show to boot! Jacob was strait up thrilled!

Spider Monkey Island turned out fantastic! Tens of thousands of people a season will enjoy this one for years to come 😊 Jacob has a lifetime pass to the Zoo, given to him by Joey, the owner for his help and dedication to the Zoo! 💥 So he’s got that going for him 😂

Here’s a picture from many years ago at the Little Zoo with Sita, a white tiger cub. He’s gotten to have many animal encounters over the years, but he really loves those Tigers!

Here he is at a much younger age, playing with a young Tiger Cub named Sita’. Jacobs love of the Gulf Coast Zoo runs deep 😊


After we finished the Zoo, we did the residential project pictured above with the group that worked on both. Here’s a cleaned up picture with the landscaping and mulching complete and ready for the “reveal” on TV.

Jacob, Shane and I got up early early the next morning, bought 50 bags of mulch and went back over to this one and did all the mulching and touch ups to be ready for the cameras. Things like this were great teachable moments for him! Attention to details and the last touch ups are the difference between a good job and a Great one!


Here he is learning a bit about how to operate a track hoe, at 13 years old! Yes, he’s experienced for a young un’!

Yep, he’s good sized for a 13 year old! You should see him now 👀 6’3” 225!

I hope I didn’t get too carried away 😊 It’s just, good memories are worth gold. Especially on #Throwbackthursday!

Have a great night!


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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Waterfall Wednesday | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

It’s #waterfallwednesday y’all! My Favorite Day of the week! This Fabulous little Pondless 
Waterfall was put here as a unique focal point in the forefront of a plant screen… PS: we didn’t want it to look like a hedgerow or “screening plants”… Boom 💥 Not only does it look great 24/7 thanks to the Landscape lighting, it sounds wonderful as well 🎶 

We even put a small “seat boulder” there at front left for the “Perfect Picture” 😊

This is a recent Water Feature that I just love ❤️ It really transformed a boring area of the landscape. Now, it’s the Central Focal point of the entire area. At night the lights come on automatically and really throw some magic 💥 PLUS : The sound is beyond compare 😘 | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee


I hope your Waterfall Wednesday goes well! From here, it’s all downhill to the weekend 😉


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


Sent Memories | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Are you on Facebook? If not, you might find this interesting 🤔 If you are, then you know of what I speak… Everyday I get a picture that I personally posted, usually years ago, it just pops up in my home feed, it’s labeled as a “Facebook Memory” and it tells you exactly how many years ago that you originally posted it. Then you get to look back through the comments and likes, and if you want you can share it as a Story or to your feed and friends. At first, I didn’t know what to think about it, but I have grown to enjoy them and I usually share them again. 

These pictures of our work that I have posted from years ago, just pop up as a “Facebook memory”… Actually pretty cool 😎 | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Today’s memory was 3 years old. A couple of days ago it was a 7 year memory that I had forgotten about… 

What do YOU think 🤔 about the way social media like Facebook has changed our daily lives? How, if any, has it changed yours? 

“Memories, brought to you by Facebook”… 

Screenshot of what it looks like on your device. Do you look at these? Do you find it charming, or invasive? Just asking…

I have grown to think that it helps me share what I do. Our work at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio is so visual! It’s hard to describe what we build so that you can form an accurate picture in your minds eye… So that picture you see, of what your backyard could actually look like, is worth a thousand words… 

I’m writing this outside and it’s starting to rain  🌧 I hope you enjoyed it 😊

Have a Great Weekend! 



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

I got this short video when I went by a great clients home the other day just to check in. The landscape has matured so beautifully! But I was drawn to the sound of the fountain like a magnet…



We placed this fountain right by the back patio where it could be enjoyed from the patio, the back porch or the screened porch you see in the background. The birds come to drink and bathe year round and the sound is wonderful. 

These are Basalt Stone Columns. They are core drilled and plumbed individually to form a bubbling fountain. We used 3 in this one & I just Love the way it turned out!
PS: They are VERY heavy! 😊


I hope this brings a little Zen to your Monday Morning! 

Have a Great Day!

 

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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Staycations
stay·ca·tion • /ˌstāˈkāSHn/ • noun  INFORMAL
noun: staycation; plural noun: staycations; noun: stay-cation; plural noun: stay-cations
– A vacation spent in ones home rather than abroad.
 
A “Stay at home Vacation”? Sound familiar? 
Well, you can’t go to Disney World right now, or out to eat or even to a movie! So, the way you look at it is ALL up to you… Lockdown or time off. Shelter at home, or a “Staycation”!  

If you could take the family to Disney for the week, do you know what the average cost would be? Depending on how much discounting and coupons and deals you work out, expect to spend as much as $10,000.00! You keep the memories and the pictures of course. 

– That my friends is another reason more and more people are Staycationing! They are putting in Water Gardens, swimming pools, patios, grilling stations, fire pits 🔥and creating Outdoor Living Space right in the comfort of their own backyard! And why not!? You can access and enjoy these areas day and night! They add to your daily enjoyment AND to your property value! 

My personal Outdoor Living Area at night. The Pond is the centerpiece, surrounded by gardens both edible and ornamental with sitting and lounging areas, a Grilling station and a nice fire pit. I’m down for a “Staycation”! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

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I am doing remote designs during this critical period of social distancing. We can discuss ideas on the phone or through email. You can send me pictures of your backyard areas and I can develop ideas and work up sketch’s that you can ‘Ponder’ 😊 For the future. Hopefully the not to distant future 😎 

Thanks for reading and watching! Stay safe! And enjoy your Staycation.

 

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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Spring Is Right Around The Corner! Be Ready! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Spring is Coming! Are you wanting to get the Fountain, Koi Pond or Custom Water Feature of your dreams this year? Give me a call to get on the schedule! Spring will be here before you know it. Get on the schedule ASAP  – Times a wasting!

Thanks!

 

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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Waterfall Wednesday | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Good morning! You know I LOVE Waterfalls! I love Designing & Building them & I love sitting by a Waterfall and soaking up the relaxing, positive energy they provide.
Today I wanted to spotlight another style of “Falling Water” – The Floating Fountain!

If you have a large, earthen Pond or Lake, these Floating Fountains will totally transform them! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

 

These are truly a 24 Hour Feature! The Lighting is Amazing! The sound of the falling water is Amazing!

And check out the New Color Changing Lights for our Floating Fountains!! 1 word – Magical!

Color Changing Lights completely change the game! Transform that backyard or barnyard Pond Or Lake with a Floating Fountain with Magical, Color Changing Lights | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

The beauty and Sound that these Floating Fountains create is Amazing! Farm Ponds, Barnyard Ponds, Backyard ponds, Front-yard Ponds, Stock Ponds, HECK… ANY Pond or Small Lake will benefit from a feature like this!

  •  Improved Water Quality!!
  • Higher Oxygen Levels!
  • Healthier Fish!
  • 24 Hour Enjoyment!!!

Falling Water & Waterfalls on #Waterfallwednesday!

Have a Great Day!

 

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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Waterfall Wednesday | Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

I posted about this Water Feature when it was newly built several years ago. This Large Pondless Waterfall was built by our CAC group (Certified Aquascape Contractors) at our annual Training Event in Illinois (Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio are Master CAC’s). This morning my son and I had breakfast by this Water Feature & I took this picture from my seat 😊 My contribution to #waterfallwednesday !

The Landscape has really filled in nicely. This feature looks and feels so Natural! | Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Training and keeping up with new technology and techniques is all important if your to stay at the top of the game! That’s why we work at constant improvement! This year I took a very important person to this wonderful training event so he could grow and get better too.

My son Jacob is working in the business now! He grew up in and around the nursery & our family business, and is learning more and more every day 😊

Even Greater things are yet to come 🙏🏻

 

Have a Great Day! More updates coming soon…

 

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

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Come Join Us Tonight For An ‘Evening By The Pond’ | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Come join us for a ‘Evening by the Pond”

We have a FUN event this evening that I hope you can attend! We call these events – ‘Evenings By The Pond’ and they are a great venue for Garden lovers and Pond lovers to socialize together, talk and enjoy a bit of ‘Mother Nature’ in our little piece of PARADISE.

The Ponds & Gardens around the Nursery will be open for your private enjoyment & You are invited to come out & partake in some good food & fun.

Our ‘Evenings by the Pond’ are always great fun. The night lighting is FANTASTIK!

Shane & the guys will be there to enjoy the evening with us as well & to have an educational discussion on the lighter side about water features, so If you have a water feature and want to talk a little shop, or would like to see what one is all about, this is a great chance to find out. Bring a friend or two and come on out!

Give Jo or I a call at the Nursery at 1-731-424-2206 to let me know your coming (RSVP) and I will make sure there is plenty of food and refreshments for ALL! Come join us for a ‘Evening by the Pond” Thursday evening, May 16th. at 6:30pm. at Carters Nursery Pond & Patio – 2846 Old Medina Rd. Jackson, Tn. 38305.

I am looking forward to it 😊

 

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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Time For That Water Feature You’ve ALWAYS Wanted! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

There’s an old saying in my business- “Everybody wants a pond, they just don’t know it… Yet”!

PS: It became an old saying, because it’s true! Come by the nursery and check out our multiple Water Feature displays & you too, will see what I mean 😊

Saturdays in the Garden are the Best!

Y’all come by today! We are open 8am – 2pm.

Springtime in Tennessee! 🎉

 

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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