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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Monarch ButterflyRegenerative Landscapes

Classes and events to help you grow food and wildlife habitat.
Create edible and habitat-rich landscapes


Harvesting BerriesWetherby Edible Forest

A 1/3 acre of low-maintenance edibles that are free to harvest.
Learn about Iowa City's public food forest


Edible Agroforestry Design TemplatesEdible Agroforestry

Large scale edible landscaping: sunny field, shady forest, windbreak, homestead orchard and more.
View Edible Agroforestry Designs (pdf) 


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Upcoming Events

Solstice Party
6/26/2016 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Mud Day

Nurturing the Circle
7/5/2016 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Gardening with Spirit
7/6/2016 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Digging Deeper in the Healing Garden
7/13/2016 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Green Drinks
7/14/2016 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Smoothie and Harvest Party
7/23/2016 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Rummage in the Ramp
7/23/2016 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Gardening with Spirit
8/3/2016 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Green Drinks
8/11/2016 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Gardening with Spirit
9/7/2016 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Green Drinks
9/8/2016 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Outdoor Classroom Ribbon Cutting and Potato Dig
9/17/2016 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Gardening with Spirit
10/5/2016 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Green Drinks
10/13/2016 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM