Backyard Abundance


Helping you and our community understand how landscapes can reflect deeply held environmental beliefs and values.
Experiential events that demonstrate how to design, manage and implement environmentally-beneficial landscapes.
Ecological designs for residences, businesses, schools, and acreages that provide habitat, grow food, and manage rain water.



Backyard Abundance is a nonprofit that helps people create beautiful, environmentally-beneficial landscapes that provide healthy food and habitat.

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Join a vibrant and engaged gardening community that learns from one another and receive these benefits:

  • Discounts on products and classes
  • Access to publications and landscape designs
  • Implementation assistance

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Backyard Chats Blog

Nicole introduces herself and the Sprouting Forth blog.

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Reflecting on the first community visioning meeting and plans for the edible forest at Wetherby Park.

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 We can take actions today that will be appreciated tomorrow.

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Edible Landscaping
See 7 edible landscape designs.
View the Polyculture Planting Guide (pdf)

Wetherby Park Edible Forest
Learn about Iowa City's emerging public food forest.
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Upcoming Events

Culinary Walk
9/18/2014 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Backyard Forest Field Day
9/20/2014 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Tour a Food Forest
9/20/2014 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Culinary Ride
9/21/2014 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Film in a Field
9/26/2014 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Herbal Classes
9/28/2014 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Herb Walk
10/5/2014 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Green Drinks
10/9/2014 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Food-for-Everyone Dinner
10/9/2014 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Student Energy Expo
10/15/2014 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Create an Abundant Landscape
10/18/2014 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM