The Green Seed Sustianable Landscaping, Design+Build, Eco-friendly landscape desgin

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.

Landscape Background

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.

Landscape Background

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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How much will my project cost?

Each project is unique and the cost will depend on the project specifics. We have a full day minimum for any projects which is about $1250 in labor and does not include design and materials costs. Small projects usually start at about $2000 once design and materials are factored in. Including design an average back yard re-design will usually run between $6000-$15,000 depending on the size and current condition of the yard, density of planting and how many garden features such as a patio, rain garden or carpentry projects are a part of your project. A full front and back yard re-design will usually run between $12,000-$25,000. We are very good at working with our clients specific budgets by discussing how we can simplify a plan or implement it in stages. In the end our clients get a design that gives them as many of their top priorities as possible at a price they can afford.

Who will work on my property?

We are a husband and wife team, who also work with many talented craftsmen and contractors in the area.  In addition, we are happy to work with your contractor if you already have one. 

Are you a licensed landscaper?

Yes, we are licensed. We hold all the required and necessary licenses for landscaping including for hardscaping and carpentry work. We are not licensed at this time for irrigation. OLCB #9360

Are you insured?

Yes, we are fully insured and bonded. We carry liability, workman’s comp and commercial auto insurance.

What do you mean by eco friendly/sustainable?

We strive to have the lowest impact on the land as we can. We don’t use any pesticides or chemical fertilizers. We utilize a variety of techniques such as hand weeding to create beautiful outdoor spaces. We use electric equipment whenever possible and run our work truck and mini-skidsteer on bio-diesel. For our landscape construction projects we specialize in implementing sustainable landscape features and use recycled or sustainably produced products whenever possible.

Do you offer a free quote/site visit?

We are a small company often with more requests for work than we can take on. In able to offer a free site visit we ask that you send us some photos of your yard and some information about what you would like to have done. In turn we provide a rough idea of the project cost. This ensure that was are good fit for your project before we all commit to a site visit. We also offer a garden consultation which normally takes about an hour and starts at $200. 

We are often booked out weeks/months in advance so be sure to get in touch early for your projects.

Do you accept credit cards?

We prefer check payment due to credit card processing fees. However, we can accept cards.

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.

Backyard Habitat Preferred Contractors list.