About Native Edge

Who We Are

Native Edge Landscape, is not your typical landscape design firm. Founded in 2008 and grown from seed right here in Austin, Native Edge is a full-service landscaping business committed to responsibility—to our environment, our community, and our clients.

We create thoughtful landscape designs fully customized to our clients’ lifestyles and budgets. We take care of every last detail to bring them to life, using only the most sustainable practices and exclusively native plants. And we provide ongoing maintenance to keep them thriving.

Our goal is to make an impact on our clients’ landscapes and lives, not on the environment. With our creativity and lifelong passion for landscapes, the work we do is unique: beautiful, transformative, and grounded by years of local landscaping experience.

Designers:

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Rodney Stoutenger

Founder & Lead Designer

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Jill Zimmerman

Designer

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Dillon Tuttle

Designer

Rodney has been designing and creating landscapes since before he had a driver’s license—which helps to explain why landscape is more than just a profession to him. It’s a lifelong passion.

Rodney grew up on 50 acres in upstate New York and spent his childhood exploring the natural landscape, learning about native plants, and developing an innate sense of environmental responsibility and sustainability. But it wasn’t until he took his first “job” at age 14, designing and building a new patio for his parents, that he knew he’d found his career.

He moved to Austin in the late ’90s, where years of independent landscape work led to a job managing a local retail garden center in South Austin. There, Rodney worked with professional landscape clients and their service providers on a daily basis—and he began to notice the same pitfalls, time and time again.

In 2008, Rodney founded Native Edge to provide a new kind of landscape experience. By offering design, installation, and maintenance as a fully integrated service, he could eliminate the communication gaps and competing priorities he’d observed in countless landscape projects with multiple, disconnected service providers.

Today, Rodney brings his infectious enthusiasm and creativity, along with over a decade of hands-on experience and a deep well of industry knowledge, to every Native Edge landscape. A self-professed plant nerd, dog lover, and outdoor enthusiast, he loves working with clients to create thoughtful landscapes that enhance their lifestyles—and make Austin’s green spaces even more beautiful and sustainable for the future.

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Jill’s education and project management experience, give her a winning combination for the Native Edge Design team! While studying Landscape Architecture at the University of Idaho & Environmental Design at the University of Minnesota, she was active in several campus and community projects. At the Palouse Clearwater Environmental Institute (PCEI), Jill worked on stream and bike path clean up and planning. She was also a Design Consultant assisting UMN graduate students in their development of an expert system for the blind, as well as work as a Design Assistant directly with the campus where she managed, and prepared landscape plans and estimations – and served as the main contact for contractors during any campus construction!

While studying to be a landscape architect at Texas Tech, Dillon was first introduced to Native Edge Landscape as a summer intern back in 2014! Three years later, with a bachelor’s degree in hand, Dillon returned to Native Edge to work with some of the same people who helped inspire him along the way.

His combination of hardscape and softscape knowledge means he’s ready to tackle any project, and he knows that whatever he comes up with our team can get it done. His commitment to native plants can trace back all the way to his study abroad trip to Brazil, where he saw the designs of the famous modernist landscape architect, Roberto Burle Marx, close up. Burle Marx was one of the first landscape architects to champion native plants in their designs, and Dillon hopes to continue to champion them with Native Edge for many years to come.

Support Staff:

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Kyle Stoutenger

General Manager

Before Kyle worked at Native Edge he was a receiving manager at a local nursery, where he gained a vast knowledge of native plants and materials. This knowledge and experience was brought to every install he oversaw as our installation foreman. For over five years Kyle has honed his skills and shared them with the rest of the team. Now he is taking those skills and using them to benefit the company as our general manager. His unique way of keeping the job fun and the customers involved makes him a perfect match for Native Edge Landscape!

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Victoria Valdez

Bookkeeper

A ‘hands-on’ learner, Victoria fell into bookkeeping while working at a local restaurant back in 2013. Her experience there gave her the confidence to change career paths and drop a degree in radiology to pursue bookkeeping full-time. Her previous job working the books at a garage door installation company means she’s well versed to take on the multitude of projects here at Native Edge. Growing up in Huffman, Texas, Victoria traveled all around the Lone Star State eventually landing in Austin due to her love of the outdoors: where she enjoys hiking, kayaking, and taking long walks with her dog Tank.

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Jake Garrison

Director Of Marketing & Technology

With an eclectic mix of work experience (from radio producer to social media coach) Jake is uniquely equipped for this very unique company. With the experience and skills to do everything from fixing the team’s tech issues to keeping up with branding, Jake has managed to completely overhaul the company’s presence and production!

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Erin Spencer

Customer Concierge

A born and raised Austinite, Erin grew up surrounded by Texas native plants. This love of nature took her to Colorado where she got her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2015. Now, with an awakened interest in landscape design, she’s found her way back to Austin and to Native Edge’s door. Her local area knowledge, as well as her customer service and writing experience all make her a valuable new addition to the team. If you can’t find her volunteering at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center you may find her outside collecting bugs for her pet mantis, “Chimichurri”.

Foreman:

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Nick Janss

Installation Foreman

Nick began his career in construction over 5 years ago. After graduating with a degree in Construction Management from Sam Houston State in 2016, with a minor in Agricultural Engineering Technology, Nick became a manager for RBC General Contractors Inc. before transitioning to Native Edge. His favorite installations to work on include steel and exotic wood fabrication, both materials he works with extensively while creating custom furniture at home. Nick enjoys seeing a project go from concept to reality and ensuring each and every customer is happy with the result. Nick is an avid golfer, receiving a scholarship for golf to attend Sam Houston State and spending many weekends on the green.

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Trenton Everett

Maintenance Account Manager

With over three years of plant knowledge working at a local nursery and lifelong skills gained from taking care of his grandparents property, Trenton has quickly proven himself to be a capable leader and wonderful member of the team. After several years working with Native Edge’s maintenance department as the crew lead, Trenton is now ready to jump into the customer side of things as our Maintenance Account Manager. His first-hand knowledge on the job site means he is more than well-versed on managing a crew and giving our customer’s the best experience possible.

Crew Leaders:

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Adrian Zapata

Install Crew Leader

Adrian’s love of construction began with a love of architecture including upscale homes, museums, and hardscaping. Self-sufficient by nature, Adrian takes civil engineering classes at ACC, while working full time. With several years experience in plumbing, warehouse work, and home remodels, Adrian utilized his wide variety of skills as an independent contractor previous to finding his way to Native Edge. When he doesn’t know how to do something he is quick to learn it and enjoys reading academically and recreationally. A fitness junkie Adrian will spend many weekends outdoors playing professional disc golf, roller skating, or working out. When he isn’t practicing his frisbee throw he’s practicing acoustic guitar instead.

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Gregg Phillips

Maintenance Crew Leader

Growing up in Volente, Texas Gregg first became interested in gardening while playing in his dad’s backyard. Previous to working at Native Edge, Gregg worked in food management for several years. It wasn’t until becoming a maintenance crew member that he got to do more of the work he loved. Gregg most enjoys experiencing the changing seasons and working with nature to see the built environment thrive. After working with Native Edge for several years, in addition to his managerial experience, Gregg was the right choice for job. Gregg’s favorite flower is the Passiflora or more commonly known as passion flower.


The Rest of the Gang:

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Charles

Maintenance Crew

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Hunter

Maintenance Crew

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Joseph

Install Crew

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Mason

Install Crew

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Victor

Maintenance Crew

Group Photo Of Our Team

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