Register for several events

Backyard Abundance Plant Sale

Saturday, April 26, 2014
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center | directions

Get a jump on your spring plant shopping at the Backyard Abundance plant sale fundraiser.

  • Experts carefully researched each plant
  • Planting guides and layouts available
  • Purchases help host free yard tours and presentations
  • Herbs and vegetables grown without pesticides
  • Grown as locally as possible
  • Free seed: All visitors receive a packet of seeds donated by Southern Exposure Seed Exchange and Sow True Seed
  • No shipping charges

Plant sale choices

9:00 am - 11:00 am: Online order pick up
11:00 am - 1:00 am: Sale, education and fun!

Proceeds help fund free educational yard tours and environmental presentations in our community.

Membership Discount

Members of Backyard Abundance receive a 10% discount on all online orders. Purchase a membership separately, then log back in and add plants to your cart to receive the discount.

Learn more about membership

Online Shopping

Plant sale plants

Online ordering ended on Tuesday, April 22. Many plants will still be available at the event.

  • Enter the market early to pick up plants: 9 am instead of 11 am.
  • Conveniently research and select plants
  • Pay in advance


Plants are grown as locally as possible and are carefully chosen to maximize yield and thrive in the Midwest.


Planting companion ideas: Designed polyculture bundles and planting guide

Herbs Vegetables
Peach Basil Tomato
Cherry Oregano Pepper
Pear Thyme Kale
Blueberry Sage Broccoli
Pawpaw Hyssop Cauliflower
Strawberry Mint Cabbage
Aronia berry Fennel Eggplant
Raspberry Chives Lettuce
Blackberry Sorrel Onion
Gooseberry Lemon Balm Leek
  Chamomile Swiss Chard
  Bee Balm Sunchoke

Free Expert Advice

Got gardening questions? A separate room in the community center will be populated with green thumbs to help you:

  • Select plants
  • Understand how to plant your trees, shrubs, and herbs
  • Provide advice on watering, care, and harvest


Local vendors will be on-hand with fun items and information.

  • Mushroom Mills: Mushroom kits, logs, and fresh, edible mushrooms.
  • Living Soil Lab: Highest quality compost and compost tea.
  • Honey, Orchids, and Weeds: Lots of gift ideas from the garden.
  • Wild Rose Apothecary: Herbs and herbal advice.
  • Broadview Wildflower Seeds: Native seeds gathered locally.
  • Versaland Farm: Chestnut and persimmon trees.
  • South Amana Blacksmith: Hand-crafted boot scrapers, garden snakes, firepit pokers, and broadforks.
  • Master Gardeners: Gardening handouts and wisdom.
  • Volunteer-Provided Refreshments: Homemade garden-based goodness. Yum.

Thank You

Special thanks to:

Iowa Cit Parks and RecreationNew PioneerSouthern Exposure Seed ExchangeSow True Seed