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.
Founder & Lead 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.Read More About Rodney
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!
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.
Carol-lee first learned how to be a bookkeeper in high school, where her attention to detail and love of people made it a perfect fit. Growing up in northern California, work eventually led her to Texas where we quickly jumped at the chance to have her join the team. She’s learned a few things since her school days, from her many years of experience working at a national bank to her role as president of San Antonio’s herb society, there’s nothing Carol-lee can’t handle!
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!
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”.
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!
Maintenance Account Manager
Lance has been working in the horticulture and landscape business for over 15 years. Attended Texas Tech University and received his bachelor’s degree in horticulture in 2004. After graduation he spent 10 years running his own plant brokerage company “PLance”, which coordinated the sale of plants from nurseries to box stores like Lowes and Home Depot. He eventually turned PLance into an educational organization working with Southwestern University’s garden club, teaches classes, and has a monthly show on KXAN to answer plant and garden questions.
Install Crew Leader
Eli graduated from St. Edward’s University wth a degree in business administration in 2016. After getting out of school he found a job working for Native Edge and has been here ever since. His experience as a supervisor at a local coffee shop, plus his ability to learn tasks quickly, made him a perfect fit. With training in every aspect of the job, Eli knows when to divide tasks between his fellow crew members and when to take them on himself. A self-proclaimed “Early-Bird”, if you need to get in contact with Eli it’s best to do it before 9 PM.
Install Crew Leader
John has been with Native Edge since the beginning, helping it to develop and grow into the successful business it is today. He’s seen it all and done it all, and now knows how to look for problems before they start. His work ethic and ability to be a team player, while also helping his fellow crew members to learn and grow, is a winning combination that has made him a huge success here at Native Edge. He enjoys a challenge and loves creating custom pieces for our clients that they won’t be able to get anywhere else.
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. His leadership skills and proactive mindset make him the ideal candidate for our maintenance crew leader, which requires ensuring each job is kept to the Native Edge standard. Deft hands and an eye for detail help Trenton keep each plant looking its best, including his favorite copper canyon daisy.