Mark Gibson is a lifelong horticulturalist. After he realized that chopping cotton was not the life he wanted, he went to college and received a degree in computer science. He has been active in the retail garden space since 1974, when his family purchased a small garden center with the Green Thumb moniker. In 1995, he started a retail division devoted to ponds, fish and water plants. He is an enthusiastic gardener who, along with his sister, owns and operates Arkansas’ only exclusive water garden center. They have a combined 80 years of retail, horticultural and aquatic experience.

Language of Koi | Minimize Stressors for a Happier Pond

By Mark Gibson / August 30, 2020 / 0 Comments

Gary Cryer of Grand Champion Koi in Chandler, Oklahoma, once said, “From the time koi are hatched to the time they pass away, there is always something trying to kill them.” When I first started selling koi and goldfish, it seemed that nothing could kill these swimming jewels — except yours truly! Ambitious Beginnings The […]

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Contractor’s Corner | Step Up Your Game Plan

By Mark Gibson / August 31, 2019 / 0 Comments

Recently, I attended the Water Garden Expo in Shawnee, Oklahoma, and I had the pleasure of showing many of my pond-builder friends…

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Conscious Containment of Invasive Plant Species

By Mark Gibson / December 26, 2018 / 0 Comments

When I was 10 years old living in the southeast corner of Missouri, I learned the fine art of picking up a hoe, the trade of chopping cotton and soybeans and the definition of a weed. My father would drive down the turn row and ask if I saw any plants that were not cotton. […]

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