Birmingham’s Premier Landscape Contractor

At Blackjack Horticulture, we know the grass is greener for a reason. Therefore, the daily details matter as much as the big picture, and nothing matters more than relationships. Simply put, we’re passionate about what we do. We always have been.

Whether we’re bringing a landscape architect’s vision to life, managing lawns and gardens, or engineering masonry projects, we measure success by our clients’ satisfaction. If there’s anything we’ve learned since Blackjack opened its doors in 1998, it’s this: the right way is the only way to deliver the long-term value you deserve.

Our approach to business is built on earning your trust, keeping our promises, and placing your needs first. So, if you’re looking for more from your landscape company, call us — and together, let’s think outside.


Our Name

In 1998, Blackjack Gardens, Inc. was begun by a local Birmingham family. Located along the Blackjack Ridge in northeast Jefferson County, the name was taken from the Blackjack Oak trees populating this mountain ridge. The company originally incorporated many divisions, but in 2004, the horticulture group separated to become its own enterprise. Blackjack Horticulture, Inc. is now independently owned by Bryan Word who has worked with the business since its early years.


Bryan Word


Bryan is the president of Blackjack Horticulture. He graduated from Auburn University with a B.S. in Landscape Horticulture and previously served as the Alabama Nursery and Landscape Association president. Not only does he hold many years of experience in the industry, but Bryan is also the visionary, forward-thinking, and driving engine behind the company’s growth. He enjoys the diversity of each day and excels in empowering young leaders to work hard with honesty and sincerity. He has been around since the very early years of Blackjack Gardens and later became the owner of Blackjack Horticulture. We find it only appropriate that his favorite tree is an old oak. Bryan is married with three children whom he adores spending time with them at home, at church, or at the lake.


Betsy Hayes


Betsy serves as Blackjack’s Vice-President  – a noble accomplishment given the many different hats required in this role. Also a graduate of the prestigious horticulture department at Auburn University, Betsy’s position with the company has evolved from single-handedly managing flowers to now overseeing all of estimating, sales and communications. Her strong relational skills, ability to plan strategically, and competitive nature have been an enormous asset over the past 17 years. She thrives off day-to-day diversity and will be the first to pull a practical joke if you’re not careful. Betsy and her husband enjoy spending time with their three children outside of work. If she’s not chasing the kids around the house, you will probably find her baking or tending to her private vegetable garden.


Jeremy Stagner

Installation Division Manager

Having over 25 years of experience in the industry, Jeremy is a very experienced horticulturist. As a fellow Auburn horticulture graduate, Jeremy shares the team’s love for creating beautiful landscapes. As a result, he could not be better suited as the Installation Operations Manager. In this role, he oversees the day-to-day operations of our installation division and particularly enjoys executing projects in a timely manner (not to mention under budget). Jeremy’s driven attitude and hardworking spirit fit right in. If Jeremy is not spending time with his wife, son, and daughter, you will probably find him hunting, fishing, canoeing, or really, doing anything outdoors.


Robert Davis

Hardscape Division Manager

Hailing from Bucksville, Alabama, Robert is our revered and time-tested mason. He brings over 40 years of experience to the Blackjack team, meaning he can build just about anything as the Hardscape Division Manager. In addition, he is responsible for teaching and training the men following in his footsteps. If you were to ask Robert what he most enjoys about his role, he will likely say “everything.” He loves the challenge, creation, and hard work necessary to bring something to life by hand. Leaving a mark – both physically and personally on people – motivates him, and we’re grateful for it. If you’ve worked here long enough to try one of his homemade biscuits, he is sure to leave a mark that way too. Cooking is a favorite pastime of his outside of being with his wife and two grown daughters.



Matt Walker

Maintenance Division Manager

Matt joins our team with 25 years of experience in the green industry. Originally from Northern Utah, Matt misses the mountains from time to time, but he claims that the Birmingham woodlands have a familiar appearance. He also doesn’t mind living close to the beautiful Gulf Coast beaches! Matt is married to Cindy with five children (Jasmyn, Ariel, Aurora, Tea, and Micah) and two grandchildren (Jack and Scarlette). When Matt is not at work, you may find him spending time with his family, serving at his church, or watching sports.  We are happy to have him on our team!


Blackjack Horticulture works all over the states of Alabama, Mississippi, and other surrounding areas.