Owned by native Austinite Reese Baloutine, Seedlings Gardening has created interactive landscapes and gardens for restaurants and homeowners since 2009. Reese 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, Reese 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 Reese Baloutine on Field & Feast.
Operations Manager, Nikki Ankenman
Field & Feast
“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
“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