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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Wetherby Park Edible Forest
Learn about Iowa City's public food forest.
Visit the Wetherby Edible Forest

Edible Agroforestry
Edible Agroforestry Design Templates
Examples of edible agroforestry practices that include alley cropping, a shady forest, a riparian buffer, an edible forest edge, a windbreak, and a homestead orchard
View Edible Agroforestry Designs (pdf)

Edible Landscaping
Edible Landscaping Plans
Design examples showing small patches of self-supporting edibles.
View Edible Landscaping Plans (pdf)


Upcoming Events

Henry County Master Gardener Symposium
3/7/2015 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Green Drinks
3/12/2015 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Prairie Preview
3/12/2015 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Fruit Tree Grafting Class
4/4/2015 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Green Drinks
4/9/2015 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Orchard Crops Establishment and Management
4/11/2015 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Backyard Abundance Plant Sale
4/25/2015 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Shrub Planting Party
4/26/2015 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Project GREEN Garden Fair
5/9/2015 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Herb Planting Party
5/10/2015 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Green Drinks
5/14/2015 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Create an Abundant Landscape
5/16/2015 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM