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.


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Rodney Stoutenger

Founder & Lead Designer

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Jill Zimmerman


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!

Support Staff:

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Carol-Lee Fisher


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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


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Kyle Stoutenger

Installation Foreman

With a broad mix of skills acquired from working in a local garden center for several years, Kyle is able to adapt to the ever-changing goals and designs of Native Edge projects, bringing landscapes to life during the Install phase. His unique way of keeping the job-site fun and the customers involved makes him a perfect match for Native Edge Landscape!

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Averie Jenkins

Maintenance Account Manager

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Eli Fagerstrom

Crew Leader

The Rest of the Gang:

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Install Crew

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Install Crew

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Install Crew

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Maintenance Crew

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Maintenance Crew

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