ABOUT SEEDLINGS GARDENING
Modern, Sustainable Design; Friendly Client-Focused Service
Since 2009, Seedlings Gardening has been creating landscapes that combine modern designs with conservation-based principles. From winding pathways through wildlife habitats 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.
Seedlings Gardening is committed to creating the most beautiful, sustainable, and easy-maintenance landscapes in Austin, while always providing the friendliest, most professional service around. We collaborate with you from inspiration and installation through to maintenance, ensuring that your project will inspire you to spend more time enjoying the outdoors. Our experienced staff includes a Master’s in Architecture and a licensed Landscape Architect.
Here at Seedlings, we believe that creating beautiful, livable outdoor spaces benefits not just our clients, but the Austin community and our environment as a whole.
Reese Baloutine, Owner
As a native Austinite, Seedlings owner Reese Balloutine has always reveled in Central Texas’ natural beauty, from the limestone cliffs above Lake Austin to the fragrant mountain laurels dotting Barton Creek Preserve. After earning a Master’s degree in Architecture from Texas Tech University, Reese traveled the country and the world but was drawn back to Austin. While volunteering at several local gardens Reese realized that a life spent in the garden was her future. She soaked up as much information as she could working as the Maintenance Manager and Designer for TexZen Gardens then struck out on her own with Seedlings Gardening. One of her first projects was to create and maintain the garden at Olivia restuaurant.
Reese’s mission for the company is to help people engage with the environment in a sustainable way, bring natural beauty in to every environment and to create a company focused on a respectful relationship with nature, clients and staff.
Fun Facts: Before founding Seedlings, Reese worked as an illustrator on a Mayan archaeology project, a restaurant manager and even an electrician! We’re lucky the garden called to Reese.
Nikki Ankenman, Operations Manager
Nikki is the Operations Manager for Seedlings Gardening. She credits her rural Minnesota farm upbringing for her appreciation of nature and hard work, becoming the first female lead farm hand at a sprawling vegetable and dairy farm. Like Reese she traveled and explored for years before settling in Austin and finding Seedlings.
Nikki assists in running the day to day operations, including scheduling projects and crews, hiring, estimating and working on proposals. You will often see Nikki out with the crews or meeting with clients for maintenance and smaller install projects.
Fun Facts: Nikki worked as a police dispatch supervisor for 12 years and loves to hike, kayak and travel.
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