Owned by native Austinite Liz Baloutine, Seedlings Gardening has created interactive landscapes and gardens for restaurants and homeowners since 2009. Liz and her small staff of friendly gardening and landscaping professionals work with clients at every stage from inspiration to design, design to installation, and maintenance of completed landscapes.
Seedlings creates landscapes that combine modern designs with conservation based principles. From winding pathways through wildlife habitat gardens, to outdoor living spaces and abundant edible gardens, we create uniquely interactive spaces as an extension of our local Austin ecology. With each design we hope to inspire a greater connection to the beauty of our environment and the practices that will help sustain it for the future.
Here at Seedlings, we believe that creating these spaces benefits not just our clients, but the broader Austin community and our environment as a whole.
Founder & Owner, Liz Baloutine
I’m a native Austinite and true to form I’ve passionately traveled quite a few paths to get to Seedlings. After earning a Masters in Architecture from Texas Tech University, I went to Guatemala to be an illustrator on an archaeological project in an ancient Mayan City. When I came back to the US I began working in restaurants starting in Chicago and eventually making my way back to Austin where I later even worked as an electrician!
One day it hit – gardening was it for me. I volunteered in any garden that would have me, soaked in every bit of information I could, and then began working for Glenn Cooper (formerly of TexZen Gardens) as the Maintenance Manager and Designer. Simultaneously, I designed and tended to a vegetable garden at Olivia Restaurant. And then came Seedlings Gardening! We’ve grown as a company that now employs a small but powerful crew!
Hear Seedlings Gardenings owner Liz Baloutine on Field & Feast.
Maintenance Lead, Heather Coffey
Raised in Austin, Tx, but fascinated by parts unknown, is currently working towards more knowledge about Urban Forestry, plant pathology, and the plant world in general. Collects really good stories, and loves really rare meat, and Jacques Cousteau.
Install Lead, Matt Speer
Originally from the Northeast, Matt has called Austin a home since 2010. As a landscape installer he has become a master at turning the overgrown/under maintained into the aesthetically pleasing. When not building and planting, Matt enjoys cooking, yoga, and collecting house plants.
Office Manager, Patti Wright
Patti recently joined us at Seedlings after relocating from Boulder, Colorado. She has had an extensive background in Office Management with several Non-Profits & the Real Estate Industry.
After traveling and living in several different countries and all over the USA Patti and her husband fell in love with Austin, Texas! Patti tries to spend all of her free time in the outdoors, especially The Wildflower Center, and nature which is her passion.
Field & Feast
“Liz Baloutine, is proprietor of Seedlings Gardening, and has been a professional gardener for the past three years; her reputation is growing faster than Bermuda grass on a late spring day. She’s become a bit of an authority on starting food gardens.” – Cecilia Nasti, Field & Feast
Tribeza, The Design Issue
“A longtime foodie who has worked for Dai Due and El Chile, Baloutine had been tending vegetable and cutting gardens on the side for two years. Now she is devoting all of her time to the many vegetable, fruit and herb gardens at restaurants and residences. Her favorite repeat customers? Spoon & Co. and Olivia, both of which she has been working with for years.” – Megan Giller, Tribeza Magazine Food Writer
“Liz Baloutine is the force behind Seedlings Gardening, a one-stop edible gardening company for restaurants and private residences. Seedlings focuses on fruit, vegetable and herb gardens, and past and present clients include well-known restaurants like Elizabeth Street Café and Jeffrey’s. Baloutine takes care to grow hyperlocal plants and always wants to talk shop about sustainable eating in our city.” – Megan Giller, ZAGAT Food Writer