July 31, 2020
It’s a happy day when a new nursery opens north of the river, especially if within a quick 10- or 15-minute drive from my house. So my head snapped up with interest when I heard about a new nursery opening — during a pandemic, no less — in the Brentwood-Crestview area just off North Lamar Blvd.
I popped over on a drizzly afternoon last weekend to check out Garden Seventeen, which sports a brightened-up industrial vibe thanks to the old manufacturing building that’s been converted into a garden shop. There’s a nice collection of houseplants in the airy main building, which is cooled by a Big Ass fan (beloved by Austinites).
Leafy murals add color around the room. You may be wondering, as I did, what “Seventeen” references. A salesperson I spoke with told me jokingly that Garden Seventeen was the 17th name they’d come up with. More seriously he added, “Seventeen is a special number for Rodney.”
Owner Rodney Stoutenger is also the founder and lead designer of Native Edge Landscape, a full-service design business that he started in 2008. Check out Native Edge’s blog, by the way, where you’ll find monthly posts