Gary’s Story

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I’m not your typical Professional Landscape Architect or REALTOR®. I’ve been able to marry 30 years in Residential and Commercial Landscape Architecture with 15 years of Real Estate experience in a way that greatly benefits all of my clients.

As a boy in Columbus, Mississippi, I helped my dad at Bob’s Nursery. This is where I fell in love with all things outdoors and became enthralled in how one could transform an outdoor space with thoughtful planning. This prompted me to major in Landscape Architecture, a diverse profession which I am fiercely passionate about. I get so excited about design and feel a great satisfaction when my clients are happy with their new spaces.

I graduated from the dual degree program at Mississippi State University in 1988 with cum laude honors. This program is a combination of two majors resulting in a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA) and a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Contracting and Management. This five-year program combined the business, horticulture and construction sides of the landscape-contracting program with the design and construction aspects of the landscape architecture program. (The BLA program is the only accredited bachelor of landscape architecture degree program in the three state region of Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee.)

After graduation, I had the privilege of working as a Landscape Architect on commercial properties and resorts as well as multi-family and single family residences in some of the finest resort areas in the Southeast. I worked in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina for 16 years then Tampa, Florida for 6 years. While in Tampa, I opened The Haygood Group, now known as Gary Haygood Solutions, offering full Landscape Architecture services for commercial and residential clients. After returning to Mississippi in 2010, I became very active in the single family residential design market, which I enjoy immensely.

This wide-ranging experience allows me to bring my residential clients a unique blend of styles and creativity not common in the Mississippi market. I use my experience in resort design to bring a luxury feeling with an element of “Wow!” to my residential clients.

I have 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 and a relaxing hot tub. Whether you want to create the oasis of your dreams in your backyard or you need to improve the curb appeal of your home so you can get the best possible sales price, I’m here to create the space you want to come home to.

My transition into real estate in 2005 was a natural progression after nearly 20 years of experience as a licensed, Professional Landscape Architect (PLA). I am now also a Licensed Broker Associate/REALTOR®, 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 Real Estate 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.

In 2010, my family and I returned to our roots in Mississippi, wanting to settle closer to family and to help my family with our aging parents. My brother, Bobby, lives in north Mississippi and my sister, Janice Guckert, is the Broker/Owner of Guckert Realty Group, LLC, one of Metro Jackson’s premier realty agencies, in business since 2007.

On a more personal note, 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 over 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 creativity into each project. I get enthusiastic about helping my clients whether they are Landscape Architecture clients or Real Estate clients.

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 best I could meet those needs. I’m available by phone or text. Just call me at 601.966.3581 or you can contact me here.

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