JByrd Nurseries LLC was established in 2013 by Paul Richards who has a diverse and extensive background in the green industry. He comes to the market with not only a Bachelor of Science degree in Horticulture and Landscape Design from the University of Maryland but also the experience of growing his own successful design/build landscape business for over 15 years. This expertise gives him the added knowledge and insight into the challenges landscape contractors, architects, and designers face today.
Since 2006, Paul has made his mark in the industry through his superior customer service in nursery consulting – helping his customers by specifying and supplying plant material and hardgoods to fit their specific needs and contractual budgets.
Customers frequently ask Paul, "Why JByrd?" The answer is quite simple. The company is named to honor his father, Jack Elias Byrd Richards. The family surname "Byrd" is a name Paul always wanted to use in his business. Jack was born in a small town in Georgia and in later years, worked for the FBI in Washington, DC. He became a member of the U.S. Marine Corp. and rounded out his career as an electrical engineer with NASA's Earth Sciences Division at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD. He always instilled the qualities of hard work, honesty, and integrity in everything he did. Jack is still going strong, retiring in 2017 after 57 years with NASA and has been consulting with them ever since. Paul has always admired Jack's work ethic. His traits are what JByrd Nurseries is built on and strives to achieve every day.