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Monday’s and Waterfalls…

I’ve been up since early, but never found time for my BLOG today… I normally try to share a Waterfall on Mondays, so instead, how about one of my favorite poems about a special waterfall 😊

“Whenever I plunge my arm, like this,
In a basin of water, I never miss
The sweet sharp sense of a fugitive day
Fetched back from the thickening shroud of grey.
    Hence the only prime
    And real love-rhyme
    That I know by heart
    And that leaves no smart,
Is the purl of a little valley fall
About three spans wide and two spans tall
Over a table of solid rock
And into a scoop of the self-same block;
The purl of a runlet that never ceases
In stir of kingdoms, in wars, in peaces;
With a hollow, boiling voice it speaks
And has spoken since hills were turfless peaks.”

“And why gives this the only prime
Idea to you of a real love-rhyme?
And why does plunging your arm in a bowl
Full of spring water, bring throbs to your soul?”
“Well, under the fall, in a crease of the stone,
Though where precisely none ever has known,
Jammed darkly, nothing to show how prized,
And by now with its smoothness opalised,
    Is a drinking-glass:
    For, down that pass,
    My love and I
    Walked under a sky
Of blue with a leaf-wove awning of green,
In the burn of August, to paint the scene,
And we placed our basket of fruit and wine
By the runlet’s rim, where we sat to dine;
And when we had drunk from the glass together,
Arched by the oak-copse from the weather,
I held the vessel to rinse in the fall,
Where it slipped, and sank, and was past recall,
Though we stooped and plumbed the little abyss
With long bared arms. There the glass still is.
And, as said, if I thrust my arm below
Cold water in basin or bowl, a throe
From the past awakens a sense of that time,
And the glass we used, and the cascade’s rhyme.
The basin seems the pool, and its edge
The hard smooth face of the brook-side ledge,
And the leafy pattern of china-ware
The hanging plants that were bathing there.

“By night, by day, when it shines or lours,
There lies intact that chalice of ours,
And its presence adds to the rhyme of love
Persistently sung by the fall above.
No lip has touched it since his and mine
In turn therefrom sipped lovers’ wine.”

~ Thomas Hardy

See y’all tomorrow 😊

Mark C.



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

I love beautiful sunny days! Even cold ones like today. It’s January, but the days are getting longer… Spring is slowly getting closer by the day! If you get out in the garden and look 👀 you will see all kinds of emerging plants, buds swelling, aquatic plants showing growth on the edges of streams and in the pond. It sure makes me feel good! Today is the 1st Waterfall Wednesday of 2021! So I thought I would share a simple picture of what’s coming in the not to distant future…

I’m looking forward to the coming Spring! It won’t be long now! Spring is Coming!

A simple Waterfall and stream make such a wonderful sound! It feeds much more than the aquatic plants and birds that come to drink and bathe 😊

Have a great #waterfallwednesday! 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
http://www.cartercountry.com



The Last Waterfall Wednesday Of 2020 | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

New Year’s Day is only 2 days away… It’s almost time to say bye bye 👋🏻 to 2020! Ive been trying to find a picture of the perfect Waterfall to post for the last #waterfallwednesday of the year.

I couldn’t decide on just 1 picture… So, I made a collage of several images of beautiful Water Features. I hope everyone is ready to move into a new year! And, I hope that 2021 will be the best year ever!

Waterfalls are my business and my passion! So trying to pick one that’s my “favorite” is impossible. They are all so beautiful and unique. So I cheated 😊 and made a collage of many beautiful images…

Here’s to a New Year! And, here’s to Beautiful Waterfalls! 💥

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

Good Monday Morning! And “Merry Christmas”! 🎄🎅🏻 Only a few days left before the big day and tensions are running high… Here’s a little something that always helps to lower stress and tension for me – A Waterfall!

The mossy stone, the natural driftwood and oh that sound… All I have to do is sit down with my coffee and sip while I listen to the waterfalls splash and gurgle and all that tension just melts away. It’s the best Sound Therapy that I know of! Can you say Zen…

Have a wonderful day! And a very Merry Christmas 🎄


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2846 Old Medina Rd.
Jackson, Tn. 38305
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Waterfall Wednesday | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

I just LOVE #waterfallwednesday! It’s the day of the week that I try to share a beautiful Waterfall that we have designed and built at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio. Many are Waterfalls that we designed and created from scratch. And others are Waterfalls that we rehabbed and/or completely tore out and rebuilt.

Check out this new Waterfall. We completely tore out the old feature and reimagined/redesigned what it could be. | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

A good part of our business is the rehabilitation of and/or the complete rebuilding of existing Water Features. So many people want and need their Water features to be more Functional, Lower Maintenance and… More aesthetically pleasing 😊 This project covered all those bases.

A low maintenance Pondless Waterfall was just what the Dr. ordered. Before, they were never happy with the looks of the waterfall and they had to add water daily to keep from burning the pump out. Plus, all their fish died…

A beautiful, low maintenance Waterfall will change your life! Enjoy Waterfall Wednesday!

Merry Christmas 🎄

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

Waterfall memories, ie; throwbacks, are pretty Awesome! When people ask me, Mark, what do you do? I usually say “I design & build Waterfalls!” And, I LOVE my job! ❤️Now, as we get ready to move into another season, I realize that I’ve been doing this for 32 years! That’s a LOT of Waterfalls!

So for my Throwback today, here’s a link to an older collection of Water Feature Pictures that we have Designed & Built through the years. This is just the tip of the iceberg of what we have designed and built at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio, but its a diverse collection. Have a Great #Throwbackthursday! Check the link 👇🏻


Enjoy your day! I can actually see the weekend from here 😊

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

What day is it you ask… Waterfall Wednesday of course! Its December and everyone here at Carters Nursery is in the Christmas spirit!

Sprite, our Nursery Elf, wants to tell you that even though 2020 has been CRAZY! Christmas is ON! Santa and all the elves are busy getting ready, so take heart! Christmas IS coming!

We were lucky to have an Elf move in! He has really helped us get ready for Christmas! Come by and see us and say, HI!

Sprite has 2 rules – #1 Since he is an aquatic elf and lives in or near water, he says “Always spend time by your Waterfall”! and #2 ALWAYS keep the spirit of Christmas 🎄 in your heart! ❤️

From the whole team at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio – Have a wonderful Waterfall Wednesday! and, Merry Christmas! 🎄🎅🏻❤️

#waterfallwednesday


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

It’s the last day of November 😳 Tomorrow we enter December, final month of 2020… I need to take a moment to let my mind catch up… A little moment of Zen will help 😊

We just finished this one up and plugged it in. This beautiful Pondless Waterfall will provide years of ‘Zen’ for the new owners 😊

When my mind gets cluttered or I need to slow down for a few minutes, I go out by the Waterfall and sit in my favorite spot and just listen. Within minutes, I feel the relaxation wash over me and I feel better. It’s Amazing what a little old Waterfall can do for your piece of mind 😊

Have a great Monday morning!


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

It’s a cold Monday morning out there and I need a little warm up! How about a sunny video of a beautiful Waterfall to add a little Zen to your Morning 😎

Monday mornings are always better when you seek out a calming moment before the storm sets in. Enjoy your day! I hope you enjoyed this little video 😊


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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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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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