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Close up picture of Gary Haygood in a blue oxford shirt with a garden in the backgroundAs a seasoned, Licensed Professional Landscape Architect, I am here to help you create your personal oasis, select the best site and/or views for your home or improve the curb appeal of your home.  I can offer you a myriad of services and design options for your property. My residential projects include new construction and remodels, and I create sustainable designs and/or Xeriscape designs. I can create the design only or I can manage the project through my design/build services. I take great pleasure in bringing a unique blend of styles and creativity not common in the Mississippi market to my residential clients. My goal is to bring a resort feeling with an element of “Wow!” to my client’s designs.

I couldn’t be more thrilled to be able to do what I love every single day. I would love the chance to talk with you about your needs and how I could best meet those needs. Just call or text me at 601.966.3581 or email me here.

For more details about what qualifies me to be your Landscape Architect, please click on the topics below.


I have over 30 years of landscape architecture experience with extensive experience in the residential market and work with residential projects of any size. A natural, meandering style or a contemporary, urban style. An outdoor cooking and living area or a secluded relaxing spot nestled in your backyard. Or a pool complete with fountains. Whether you need to improve the curb appeal of your home so you can get the best possible price, or you want to create the oasis of your dreams in your backyard, I’m able help you. Or, if you need to discuss a site’s potential for residential or commercial use, I’m available to discuss feasible options with you.

Here’s what you can expect from me as your Landscape Architect:

  • Solid personal and professional reputation
  • Frequent contact and availability by phone or email
  • Strategic planning
  • Unique, inspired designs
  • Respecting your time frame and diligently working within that time frame
  • Working within your budget to produce the best space, at the best price
  • A professional team of contractors to build out my designs


Here’s a general list of design and project management that I can provide for you:

  • Design Only
  • Design/Build
  • Conceptual Design
  • Phasing Plans
  • Project/Construction Management
  • Site Analysis, Selection & Planning

Here’s a general list of design elements I can provide for you:

  • Outdoor Fireplaces, Kitchens, Fire Pits & BBQs
  • Swimming Pools & Spas
  • Outdoor Living Spaces & Seating
  • Water Features
  • Arbors, Pergolas, Gazebos & Trellis Work
  • Paths, Patios, Walkways, Steps & Driveways
  • Landscape Plantings & Edging
  • Retaining Walls, Fencing, Gates & Decks
  • Landscape & Exterior Lighting
  • Tennis Courts, Putting Greens & Outdoor Recreational Areas


Site planning is both an art and a science. Professional Landscape Architects (PLA) like me create outdoor spaces for people to enjoy. Site planning comes in various scales whether a small patio space, a yard with several acres, a commercial area or an entire community/region. Licensed Landscape Artchitects develop site plans for the grounds surrounding homes and businesses.

I start by analyzing the site and the factors above the ground, below the ground and on the ground. Things like native vegetation, views to/from the site, surrounding properties, sun angles, wind patterns, soil conditions, hydrology, erosion, existing land use, utilities and many other elements must all be taken into account. Additionally, all designs must be in compliance with local zoning laws.

As your Landscape Architect, I’m able to envision how your property can best be used to take advantage of its natural conditions and views, and how you can utilize the land to its greatest extent possible. I can help you strategically locate your house on a property so vehicular and pedestrian circulation and parking are intuitive as guests arrive and as you use the home.

For example, one client couple–Blake and Betsy–had three acres of heavily vegetated land with an existing pond. They selected a Southern Living footprint then asked me to help locate the house in a way to best take advantage of the beautiful trees, creeks and other natural elements the site had to offer.

Their only requirement was being able to see the front door from the street. With the footprint they had selected, the backyard would have been behind the house with the pond relegated to the side and its views not being taken advantage of. We brought in an architectural draftsman, and collaboratively we determined a better way to accentuate the pond. We re-designed the house so the front door still faced the street but the living area and “back” yard were re-located to the side of the house, providing beautiful views across the water.

Creatively working with the land yields a much better result than just “sticking” a floorplan on a site. Why would someone invest so much money in building their home and not to want to reap the greatest benefits from what the land has to offer? I can help create that vision for you too.

With me, you have the advantage of a well-seasoned licensed Landscape Architect and experienced Broker Associate/REALTOR® working with you to help guide you through this process so you can identify opportunities and challenges you may otherwise have not considered before purchasing a property, building a home or upgrading the outdoor living space.


My faith drives all I do. It keeps me grounded, honest and fair in both my personal life and business ventures. My family and I are very active at Broadmoor Baptist Church in Madison, where I serve as a deacon. I’ve been blessed with a wonderful family—my beautiful wife of 25 years, Helen, and our two incredible sons, Reid and Will.

I value being known as a man of integrity, and I believe in treating others as I would want to be treated. I value all my clients, and I put in the same energy, hard work, and creative services into each design and transaction. I get enthusiastic about helping my clients whether they are Residential or Commercial Landscape Architecture Clients or Real Estate Buyer or Seller Clients.


Gary Haygood, Landscape Architect and Contractor green logo.I’ve amassed 30 years of commercial landscape architect experience working on high-end projects across the Southeastern United States, South America and the Caribbean. This wide-ranging commercial experience allows me to bring my residential clients a unique blend of styles and creativity not common in the Mississippi market. I like to use my experience in luxury design to bring a resort feeling with an element of “Wow!” to my residential clients.

I’m not one to brag, but I am proud of my work and designs, several of which have won industry awards and/or been featured in magazines:

  • Best of Mississippi Award for New Commercial Construction–Wright’s Mill Community Pool–Madison, MS–Awarded by Homebuilder’s Association of Mississippi
  • Best Multi-family Community of the Year and Best Mid-Rise Apartment–Fusion 1560 City Apartment Homes–St. Petersburg, FL—Awarded by Pillars of the Industry Awards, National Association of Homebuilder’s
  • Project of the Year (National): Mid-Rise Podium or Wrap–Fusion 1560 City Apartment Homes–St. Petersburg, FL–Awarded by Multifamily Executive
  • Excellence Award: Silver Award Best New Development Mid-Rise–Fusion 1560 City Apartment Homes–St. Petersburg, FL–Awarded by Multi-Housing News (MHN)
  • South Carolina ASLA Honor Award for Design–Marriott Grand Hotel Resort and Spa–Point Clear, AL (in prior association with Wood+Partners, Inc.)
  • South Carolina ASLA Merit Award–Marriott’s Grande Ocean Resort–Hilton Head Island, SC (in prior association with Wood+Partners, Inc.)
  • Marriott’s Grand Hotel Resort–Voted “One of the World’s Best Resorts” by Travel+Leisure magazine (in prior association with Wood+Partners, Inc.)
  • “Documentary of Landscape Architecture in South Carolina”–Tri-State ASLA President’s Award of Excellence–South Carolina Chapter of ASLA
  • Wright’s Mill Community Pool–Madison, MS—–Featured in May/June 2012 Landscape issue of Mississippi Magazine


The addition of real estate services was a natural progression after more than 20 years as a Landscape Architect. I am a Licensed Broker Associate with Guckert Realty Group, LLC, and I work with both Buyer Clients and Seller Clients. With a background in Landscape Architecture, I’m able to bring unique insights and benefits to my clients. I add value to my Buyer Clients by providing vision for ways to create or rework exterior spaces to better accommodate their needs and desires. I can help buyers see the potential–or the pitfalls–of properties based on how they want to use their outdoor spaces. I provide my Seller Clients professional advice on ways to improve curb appeal and best position their home to sell, even if working on a shoestring budget.

I’m committed to making my client’s transition as financially beneficial and as easy as possible, making sure all the bases are covered for a streamlined closing. When you are considering selling or purchasing your home, you will benefit greatly from credible information, an experienced perspective, and genuine caring. You need representation you can trust, and I hope you will call or contact me anytime (without obligation) to discuss your needs. I am here to help, and I can make a crucial difference in your results.

I’m committed to fully invest in you and your home buying or selling process, doing whatever it takes to help you achieve your goals with unsurpassed, results-driven service. I’m very active in the marketplace, and I’m knowledgeable about properties throughout the Metro Jackson area. I have the drive and determination to find what you are looking for or to do whatever it takes to sell your house.

What I offer as your REALTOR®:

  • Solid personal and professional reputation
  • Frequent contact and availability by phone or email
  • Strategic planning whether you are a Buyer or Seller Client
  • Respecting your time frame and diligently working within that time frame
  • Understanding of the complexities of changing real estate markets
  • Statistics and crucial market data to keep you better informed
  • Successful negotiator
  • Marketing expertise and successful techniques
  • A network of local experts such as mortgage lenders, title companies, home inspectors, appraisers, pest inspectors, etc.
  • Landscape Architecture experience that helps Buyer Clients see the potential in properties & Seller Clients improve curb appeal on a budget


A Broker Associate has continued his or her education past the agent level, has passed additional state exams, and has several years of experience and he chooses to work under the management of a broker. I obtained my Broker Associate license in 2005, and gladly choose to work with my sister, Janice Guckert, Broker/Owner of Guckert Realty Group, LLC, one of Metro Jackson’s premier realty agencies, in business since 2007.

The synergy that has developed while working with Janice has proven to be beneficial for us and especially for our clients. I wish we had done this years before! What does customer service mean when working with us? For Janice and me, it goes far beyond mere words. Guckert Realty Group is a relationship-driven, full-service realty firm, and we truly understand the immense importance of “old Close up photo of Janice Guckert of Guckert Realty Group, LLC.fashioned” customer service. All of us at Guckert Realty Group are focused on getting results for our clients. Each year, our goal is to help more people and more families than the previous year. Together, Janice and I work to ensure our clients—Buyer and Seller Clients—get the best service we can offer.

I’m proud to be part of the Guckert Realty Group, and I’m proud of my sister both in who she is as a person and as a professional REALTOR®. A resident of the Metro Jackson area for over 40 years, Janice is incredibly active in church life and volunteers with a number of non-profit groups. Janice is also an active, respected member of the Mississippi Association of REALTORS® and the Central Mississippi REALTOR® MLS where she has served on the Board of Directors for five years, served as Treasurer in 2016 and is the 2017 President Elect.

Janice’s knowledge of the Metro Jackson residential real estate market is extensive and unparalleled. Her clients have consistently sought her advice and trusted her judgment. Her strong base of loyal repeat customers is the reason why Janice has been so successful for over 15 years in this incredibly competitive sales environment. Thankfully, I’ve been able to learn the real estate business from such a well-respected professional and firm.


Not all real estate agents are equal. It is to your advantage to work with someone has taken the extra time and dedication to improve his/her skills and knowledge all in an attempt to better serve you. I am that kind of agent!

The Accredited Buyer’s Representatives® (ABR) isn’t an easy designation to earn but, you as a Buyer Client, want someone that has made the commitment to earn this designation. As your ABR®, my contractual obligation is to you, not the seller.

It is my job to keep your information—like your pre-approval amount and the highest you are willing to pay for a home—confidential. If you don’t use an ABR®, the listing agent is able to disclose all of this information and more to the seller which makes a true negotiation nearly impossible.

Yes, any agent can represent a buyer, but not all agents have earned the distinction of being an ABR®. There is a difference!

The ABR® designation is awarded by the Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council (REBAC), an affiliate of the National Association of REALTORS®. ABR® designees, like me, have made the commitment to continuing our education and growing our network over a three year period so we can learn how best to improve our buyer’s experience. This means I have more resources and marketing tools along with an invaluable network of real estate resources throughout the area that puts me in the best position to represent you as a Buyer Client.

From Baby Boomers through the Silent Generation, there are a myriad of details to consider as we and our family members age: asset protection, estate planning, tax considerations, government benefits, housing options and so much more. You may wonder if a reverse mortgage may be right for you or your loved ones. Or, is it time to downsize because of health issues or financial concerns. You may be at a loss as to where the best communities are located for those over 50.

I’ve personally experienced the challenges that people face as they age, whether they are empty nesters as me and my wife currently are, or if they (or their family members) are in their 70s, 80s and 90s. My family and I moved back to Mississippi in 2010 to help my sister take care of our aging parents who were in their 80s and 90s at the time. We learned firsthand how difficult it can be to handle the real estate and financial needs of the elderly.

SRES® designees like me are REALTORS® qualified to address the needs of home buyers and sellers age 50+, and we’re able to help you navigate through major financial and lifestyle transitions in relocating, refinancing, or selling the family home.

I understand how to distinguish characteristics and trends of the 50+ market, so that I can discern them in your own market area. I’m able to evaluate your market area attractiveness to the 50+ market. I understand federal laws for Housing for Older Persons Act (HOPA), and I know about the uses, benefits, procedures, and issues involved in reverse mortgages. I understand the uses of pensions, 401k accounts, and IRAs in real estate transactions, and I know how Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security impact 50+ real estate decisions. Likewise, I know how to recognize mortgage finance and loan schemes and other scams that victimize 50+ borrowers, so I can better help you not fall victim to such tactics.

I’ve assembled a team of experts to help serve my 50+ clients, and I would be more than happy to put my knowledge and team to work for you.

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