Local family owned business - sustainable landscape design + build.
Austin and Emily opened Green Seed, a local family owned business in 2014. For a few years they ran the 3 crews out of the Montavilla neighborhood in Portland Or. In 2018 they moved their local family owned business to Canby, Or. At this time the Green Seed also scaled back to only one crew. Scaling back allow them to focus on quality Sustainable Design and Build projects. Together Emily and Austin collaborate to create a mixed media design that combines beauty and function to transform your outdoor space.
Austin - Owner/Foreman
Austin is an educated and knowledgeable landscaper, who has a passion for plants and gardening. He has a BS Degree in Natural Resources from Oregon State University, with a wildlife focus. This local family owned business owner, has wide variety of knowledge and experience in landscaping, planting, rain gardens, hardscaping, etc. As a youth he grew up on a rural property and started his training in the field early. To do this he helping maintain and improve his parent’s property and farm. In high school he held his first real job as a landscaper. After working on his associate degree Austin entered into the internet/computer industry but missed his work in the outdoors.
In his late 20's he went back to the university to finish his bachelor’s degree. During this time he worked for a native plant farm which helped fostered his love of plants. After and during graduating Austin was a freelance landscaper for a while. Afterward he decided take a job with another sustainable landscaping company to gain more experience. In the summer of 2014 Austin decided it was time to start his own company. With a truck, small trailer and some basic equipment Austin started The Green Seed, local family owned business. Emily came on board soon after and together they quickly grew the company from a landscape maintenance company, into the comprehensive sustainable design and build company that it is today. [LCP# 15729]
The Little Seeds
Three of our favorite helpers are the smallest of the bunch. This lively group keeps us on our toes. Wow, they are fun, bright and active! Nobody on the team love dirt, grass, and being outdoors as much as the Little Seeds. To help out the local family business they are our fairy house consultants and playscape idea testers. These three make up a crucial part of the team.
KODA - Shop/Nursery Dog
Emily - Owner/Designer
Emily is a passionate landscape designer, crew member, and local family owned business - owner. She has a BA in Communications from OSU, and an AAS in interactive media design from Chemeketa CC. In the past Emily has worked in marketing, as a freelance graphic and multimedia designer. She has been helping Austin grow the The Green Seed since 2014. In her time she has run the office, website, marketing and worked in the field but her true passion is the Landscape Design.
Emily's appreciation for landscaping and plants started as she helped her Dad care for their yard. There are many fond memories of weekend trips wandering around the local nursery. Throughout the journey of growing a small local family business, Emily has worn lots of hats but realized the best part of her work is creating living beautiful art with plants.
Emily has always been a creative designer and artistic person. After several years of hands on experience and learning the ins and outs of the landscaping trade the transition into landscape designer came naturally to Emily. Looking for Emily? She can be found inside working on inking beautiful landscaping plans and keeping things moving behind the scenes. On the other hand she is also often in the field building retaining walls, patios or helping with planting.
This one of a kind team brings their unique sets of skills, knowledge and experiences to create a design that will showcase your yard.
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OLCA Members 2017
"OLCA is a not-for-profit statewide professional organization that advocates for the landscape industry on local, state and national issues affecting both the profession and the world we live in. OLCA functions through the active volunteer work of our membership."
*As a local family owned business OLCA has been a great asset for our company. OLCA provides us with industry information, networking and opportunities for professional landscape development.
The Green Seed is a preferred contractor for the Backyard Habitat Certification Program a group effort by The Portland Audubon Society and Columbia Land Trust to help reduce the impact of urbanization on our native wildlife populations. The goal of the program is to eliminate invasive plants and increase the use of native plants and garden features such as a rain gardens to provide habitat for native wildlife and reduce pollution in our watersheds which is detrimental to our local aquatic species.