About Us

David Manser

David is a  fourth generation horticulturalist, animal lover, outdoor enthusiast, and artisan. He owns a complete exhibit design company, a nature based children's playscape design company,  a landscape design service, a nursery, and a pet store. He started his dream over 25 years ago. David is continually updating his property where he has countless animals on exhibit, Turtle Hill (a children’s playscape and event rental venue), a sculpture park  and many beautiful gardens. David is proud to have worked on some of the largest displays/exhibits in the world, including projects with the San Diego and Fort Worth Zoos, the Virginia Living Museum, the Singapore Zoo, and the Tennessee Aquarium. Exhibits he has worked on have twice won the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Exhibit of the Year award. David also works around the world in turtle conservancy with the Turtle Survival Alliance and the Wildlife Conservation Society. Developing playable landscapes combines his artistry and talents into wonderfully fanciful outcomes. 

Dawn White

Dawn has been creating artwork for the better part of her life. She developed a love of fiber arts and making from her mother. As an adult, she earned her Masters of Fine Arts in Metalsmithing from the Rhode Island School of Design and has a background in both interior and furniture design. She worked as an art teacher, in both the college environment and a private Reggio-inspired preschool, for over 5 years. Her work at Ponds & Plants / CORE Associates has been over the past 3 years, where she has worked in all aspects of the business. She has done sculptural work, exhibit work and marketing. She has exhibited her work locally in Chattanooga as well as at the Kinsey Institure, the Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Fine Art, and Internationally at Inhorgenta Europe. At Ponds & Plants, she continues to build, create and brings the artists point of view to the projects they create together. Her love of nature and an eye for detail, bring a eccentric blend of asthetics, to the work of  Ponds & Plants and CORE Associates.

1668 Rhea County Highway Dayton Tn 37321

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