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's only exclusive water garden center. They have a combined 80 years of retail, horticultural and aquatic experience.

Koi Pond Wisdom

By Mark Gibson / June 26, 2023 / 0 Comments

Koi pond wisdom on water quality and pond maintenance based on keeping koi over 20 years I live in Arkansas. In the surrounding 50-mile radius of my home, there are a few hundred fish farmers that mainly raise rosy reds, comets, koi and carp. I have noticed that carp that have some color are affectionately […]

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Limit Your Liability with Customer Contracts

By Mark Gibson / June 28, 2022 / 0 Comments

The first time I built a pond, I thought it was magnificent. I charged what I thought was a fair price. Unfortunately, it leaked. The water turned green. There was no skimmer box or waterfall box back then, so I had to improvise. I can’t tell you how many times I went back to work […]

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Understanding Color-Changing Koi Fish

By Mark Gibson / April 28, 2022 / 0 Comments

Koi, or nishikigoi, are known as living jewels. In Japanese, koi means love or affection. What makes them so special? Koi are smart fish with brilliant colors, body confirmation and personality. They can be fed out of your hand. They are so mesmerizing that people keep coming back to check on them. Feeding them is […]

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Language of Koi | Minimize Stressors for a Happier Pond

By Mark Gibson / August 30, 2020 / 1 Comment

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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