Events

Learn to improve the health of your local environment through a wide variety of events.

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Improve the health and skills of children by creating nurturing, healthy landscapes.
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Let's build a positive future together by sharing our unlimited resource: creativity.

All Upcoming Events

Feb25

Winter Gardening Fair

Saturday, February 25, 2017
8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Kirkwood Community College | directions

Choose from dozens of diverse gardening classes and presentations.

Presented by ISU Extension and Outreach Linn County Master Gardeners.

Register and learn more

Mar7

Create a Countertop Worm Composter

Tuesday, March 07, 2017
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center | directions

Transform kitchen scraps into “gardener’s gold” right on your countertop with the help of subterranean friends.

During this family-friendly class, you will create a small vermicomposting bin that houses hundreds of hungry worms.

You will learn to…

  • Maintain the bin so it is odorless and pest-free.
  • Properly feed your friends and keep them happy.
  • Harvest nutrient-rich compost and use it in your garden.
  • Upgrade to a larger bin to create a zero-waste kitchen.

A handful of red wriggler worms will be provided for your new bin.

Children and their curiosity about worms are very welcome!

Taught by Fred Meyer with Backyard Abundance. 

Location

The class is held in Meeting Room B at the Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center.

Registration

The fee for the class is $15.

Register at the Parks and Recreation website.

One bin will be provided for each family. For multiple bins, please increase the number of participants during registration.

Please register soon: the class is limited to 25 people and is likely to fill up fast.

Growing Hope Event Series

This event helps people learn how to cultivate food, habitat and healing in the garden.

Learn about a wide variety of other family-friendly Growing Hope events.

Sponsors and Partners

Thank you to Iowa City Parks and Recreation for their sponsorship and support.

Iowa City Parks and Recreation

Mar9

Prairie Preview

Thursday, March 09, 2017
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Clarion Highlander Hotel and Conference Center, 2525 N. Dodge Street, Iowa City | directions

Prairie Preview is a free, public environmental forum that attracts over 200 attendees. It includes inviting exhibits and information from local environmental organizations.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for registration and viewing exhibits. The presentation begins at 7:30.

Steve Hendrix from the University of Iowa will be this year’s speaker. His talk is titled “Wild bees of Iowa: Hidden diversity in the service of conservation.”

Prairie Preview is sponsored by Iowa Native Plant Society, HBK Engineering, Project GREEN, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, Friends of Hickory Hill Park, Earthview Environmental, Legacy GreenBuilders, City of Coralville, and Adams and Baumbach.

Visit www.buroaklandtrust.org for additional information.

Mar14

Seed Starting

Tuesday, March 14, 2017
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center | directions

Starting vegetables and herbs from seed can save a lot of money when compared to purchasing seedlings.

At this hands-on class, you will learn how to successfully start a variety of healthy vegetables from seed using proper growing mixtures, grow lights and warming mats.

You will take home potted seeds for future transplanting.

Taught by Mandy Dickerson with Moon in June Herbs.

Location

Recreation Center Edible Classroom Plants

The class is held in the upstairs Social Hall at the Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center. Hands-on activities will take place outside at the new Edible Classroom.

Registration

The fee for the class is $15.

Register at the Parks and Recreation website.

Please register soon: the class is limited to 20 people and is likely to fill up fast.

What to Bring

Girls wateringPlease wear standard gardening attire that allows you to get a little dirty.

Growing Hope Event Series

This event helps people learn how to cultivate food, habitat and healing in the garden.

Learn about a wide variety of other family-friendly Growing Hope events.

Sponsors and Partners

Recreation Center Edible Classroom StudentsThank you to these wonderful sponsors and partners. Please frequent their stores, services and websites.

Iowa City Parks and RecreationIowa Department of AgricultureACE Mentor ProgramUniversity of Iowa Community Credit UnionBeisser LumberField to FamilyHy-VeeHills BankKing's MaterialNew Pioneer

Mar18

Pruning Fruit Trees

Saturday, March 18, 2017
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Wetherby Park Edible Forest | directions

Learn to properly prune fruit trees to maximize yields and promote health while minimizing diseases and pests.

Get hands-on experience pruning apple, pear, cherry and plum trees at the Wetherby Park Edible Forest.

Taught by Fred Meyer with Backyard Abundance. 

Location

The class is held at the Wetherby Park Edible Forest, 2400 Taylor Drive, Iowa City.

Registration

The fee for the class is $12.

Register at the Parks and Recreation website.

Please register soon: the class is limited to 30 people and is likely to fill up fast.

What to Bring

Girls wateringPlease wear standard gardening attire such as boots, jeans and gloves. If available, please also bring pruners, loppers and pruning saws.

Growing Hope Event Series

This event helps people learn how to cultivate food, habitat and healing in the garden.

Learn about a wide variety of other family-friendly Growing Hope events.

Sponsors and Partners

Thank you to these wonderful sponsors and partners. Please frequent their stores, services and websites.

Iowa City Parks and RecreationIowa Department of AgricultureNew Pioneer

Mar21

Design an Ever-Blooming Garden

Tuesday, March 21, 2017
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center | directions

Learn techniques for designing gardens that begin blooming in early spring and do not stop until the last days of autumn.

Neighbors, bees, butterflies and birds will all enjoy your dazzling display. Plant planning charts will be provided along with lists of top flowers that grow well in the Midwest.

Taught by Fred Meyer with Backyard Abundance. 

Location

The class is held in the upstairs Social Hall at the Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center.

Registration

The fee for the class is $12.

Register at the Parks and Recreation website.

Please register soon: the class is limited to 50 people and is likely to fill up fast.

What to Bring

Please bring paper and a clipboard or other surdy surface for taking notes.

Growing Hope Event Series

This event helps people learn how to cultivate food, habitat and healing in the garden.

Learn about a wide variety of other family-friendly Growing Hope events.

Sponsors and Partners

Thank you to Iowa City Parks and Recreation for their sponsorship.

Iowa City Parks and Recreation

Mar28

Deer-Resistant Gardening

Tuesday, March 28, 2017
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center | directions

Convince deer and other critters to stay away from your hostas, vegetables and other plantings by understanding their behaviors and needs.

During this fun, interactive class, you will learn strategies to ensure your landscape stays beautiful and fruitful in deer country. Lists of popular deer-resistant plants will be provided.

Taught by Fred Meyer with Backyard Abundance. 

Location

The class is held in the upstairs Social Hall at the Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center.

Registration

The fee for the class is $12.

Register at the Parks and Recreation website.

Please register soon: the class is limited to 50 people and is likely to fill up fast.

Growing Hope Event Series

This event helps people learn how to cultivate food, habitat and healing in the garden.

Learn about a wide variety of other family-friendly Growing Hope events.

Sponsors and Partners

Recreation Center Edible Classroom StudentsThank you to these wonderful sponsors and partners. Please frequent their stores, services and websites.

Iowa City Parks and RecreationIowa Department of AgricultureACE Mentor ProgramUniversity of Iowa Community Credit UnionBeisser LumberField to FamilyHy-VeeHills BankKing's MaterialNew Pioneer

Apr4

Design a Monarch Garden

Tuesday, April 04, 2017
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center | directions

Have you planted a patch of milkweed, but no monarchs are visiting?

Learn simple techniques to design and establish gardens that will be irresistible to monarchs and will provide a cozy habitat for your winged friends. Seed packets of popular monarch flowers will be provided.

Taught by Fred Meyer with Backyard Abundance. 

Location

Recreation Center Edible Classroom Plants

The class is held in the upstairs Social Hall at the Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center. Hands-on activities will take place outside at the new Edible Classroom.

Registration

The fee for the class is $5.

Register at the Parks and Recreation website.

Please register soon: the class is limited to 50 people and is likely to fill up fast.

Growing Hope Event Series

This event helps people learn how to cultivate food, habitat and healing in the garden.

Learn about a wide variety of other family-friendly Growing Hope events.

Sponsors and Partners

Recreation Center Edible Classroom StudentsThank you to these wonderful sponsors and partners. Please frequent their stores, services and websites.

Iowa City Parks and RecreationCommunity Foundation of Johnson CountyIowa Department of AgricultureACE Mentor ProgramUniversity of Iowa Community Credit UnionBeisser LumberField to FamilyHy-VeeHills BankKing's MaterialNew Pioneer

Apr5

Eat Your Dirt

Wednesday, April 05, 2017
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center | directions

Learn how to foster microbes in the soil for healthy plants and a healthy body.

Studies continue to come out that show the health benefits of having your hands in the soil.

Learn the science and art of gardening techniques that can boost your immune system, heal your gut and fight off depression. 

Location

Recreation Center Edible Classroom Plants

The class is held in the Edible Classroom at the Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center.  

Registration

The fee for the class is $12.

Register at the Parks and Recreation website.

Please register soon: the class is limited to 20 people and is likely to fill up fast.

Growing Hope Event Series

This event helps people learn how to cultivate food, habitat and healing in the garden.

Learn about a wide variety of other family-friendly Growing Hope events.

Sponsors and Partners

Recreation Center Edible Classroom StudentsThank you to these wonderful sponsors and partners. Please frequent their stores, services and websites.

Iowa City Parks and RecreationIowa Department of AgricultureACE Mentor ProgramUniversity of Iowa Community Credit UnionBeisser LumberField to FamilyHy-VeeHills BankKing's MaterialNew Pioneer

Apr8

Teaching the Next Generation

Saturday, April 08, 2017
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center | directions

Teaching the Next Generation: The Garden as Your Classroom

As part of the Farm to School/Field to Family program, this free class is open to teachers, district staff, parents, and all those interested in using school gardens as outdoor classrooms.

The workshop will focus on demonstrating high-participatory, hands-on learning activities where presenters will showcase engaging lessons in the garden for Pre-K and K-12 students.

Lessons are designed to support current curriculum standards taught in the classroom. In collaboration with Backyard Abundance.

Location

Recreation Center Edible Classroom Plants

The class is held in the upstairs Social Hall at the Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center. Hands-on activities will take place outside at the new Edible Classroom.

Registration

The class is free.

Register at the Parks and Recreation website.

Please register soon: the class is limited to 40 people and is likely to fill up fast.

Growing Hope Event Series

This event helps people learn how to cultivate food, habitat and healing in the garden.

Learn about a wide variety of other family-friendly Growing Hope events.

Sponsors and Partners

Recreation Center Edible Classroom StudentsThank you to these wonderful sponsors and partners. Please frequent their stores, services and websites.

Iowa City Parks and RecreationIowa Department of AgricultureACE Mentor ProgramUniversity of Iowa Community Credit UnionBeisser LumberField to FamilyHy-VeeHills BankKing's MaterialNew Pioneer

Apr11

Fruit Tree Companion Plants

Tuesday, April 11, 2017
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center | directions

Learn how to choose and grow support plants around fruit trees to increase yields, enhance health, and reduce watering and weeding chores.

A wide variety of berry bushes, herbs and ground covers that thrive in the Midwest will be covered.

Taught by Fred Meyer with Backyard Abundance. 

Location

Recreation Center Edible Classroom Plants

The class is held in the Edible Classroom at the Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center. 

Registration

The fee for the class is $12.

Register at the Parks and Recreation website.

Please register soon: the class is limited to 30 people and is likely to fill up fast.

Growing Hope Event Series

This event helps people learn how to cultivate food, habitat and healing in the garden.

Learn about a wide variety of other family-friendly Growing Hope events.

Sponsors and Partners

Recreation Center Edible Classroom StudentsThank you to these wonderful sponsors and partners. Please frequent their stores, services and websites.

Iowa City Parks and RecreationIowa Department of AgricultureACE Mentor ProgramUniversity of Iowa Community Credit UnionBeisser LumberField to FamilyHy-VeeHills BankKing's MaterialNew Pioneer

Apr18

Grow a Backyard Medicine Chest

Tuesday, April 18, 2017
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center | directions

People have used herbs to reliably heal themselves and their families for thousands of years. At this class you will learn how to choose and grow popular herbs for wellness, ailments and injuries.

Taught by Mandy Dickerson with Moon in June Herbs. 

Location

The class is held in the upstairs Social Hall at the Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center. Hands-on activities will take place outside at the new Edible Classroom.

Registration

Recreation Center Edible Classroom Plants

The fee for the class is $15.

Register at the Parks and Recreation website.

Please register soon: the class is limited to 25 people and is likely to fill up fast.

Growing Hope Event Series

This event helps people learn how to cultivate food, habitat and healing in the garden.

Learn about a wide variety of other family-friendly Growing Hope events.

Sponsors and Partners

Recreation Center Edible Classroom StudentsThank you to these wonderful sponsors and partners. Please frequent their stores, services and websites.

Iowa City Parks and RecreationIowa Department of AgricultureACE Mentor ProgramUniversity of Iowa Community Credit UnionBeisser LumberField to FamilyHy-VeeHills BankKing's MaterialNew Pioneer

Apr29

Edible Plant Sale Fundraiser

Saturday, April 29, 2017
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center | directions

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

  • Only Iowa City sale that focuses on edibles.
  • Experts carefully researched each plant variety.
  • Herbs and vegetables grown without pesticides.
  • Grown as locally as possible.
  • Purchases help fund free yard tours, presentations and classes.

Note: We are not taking orders this year. Please attend early to ensure you get the plants you want.

Plant sale plants

Membership Discount and Early Entry

Members of Backyard Abundance receive a 10% discount on all purchases and can enter the sale at 8:30 am to get first pick of plants. Learn more about membership

Wide Variety of Plants

Plants are grown as locally as possible and are carefully chosen for bountiful yields and flavor.

Below is a sample of plants that will be available.

Vegetables Herbs Flowers Shrubs
Trees
Asparagus Basil Anise Hyssop Blueberry Pawpaw
Broccoli Broadleaf Sage Bee Balm Currant Hardy Apricot
Cabbage Chamomile Butterfly Weed Gooseberry Iowa Peach
Jerusalem Artichoke Comfrey Calendula Jostaberry Chestnut
Kale Dill Little Bluestem Elderberry  
Leek French Sorrel Nasturtium Goji berry  
Lettuce Lavender Purple Coneflower Aronia berry  
Onion Mint Snapdragon Cranberry  
Pak Choi Oregano Sweet Alyssum Nanking cherry  
Pepper Parsley White Sage Hazelnut  
Rhubarb Self-Heal Yarrow Grape  
Tomato, Beefsteak Thyme Zinnia Thornless Blackberry  
Tomato, Cherry Valerian   Raspberry  
Tomato, Paste Strawberry      

 

Edible Landscaping Plans

Edible Landscaping Layouts

Get ideas for your garden using these design examples that show patches of self-supporting edibles.

Expert Advice

Got gardening questions? Green thumbs will be there to help you:

  • Select plants
  • Understand how to establish your plants
  • Provide advice on watering, care, and harvest

Master Gardeners will be available with gardening handouts and wisdom.

Plant sale choices

Growers and Vendors

Local growers and vendors will be on-hand so you can ask questions about their wonderful plants and merchandise.

  • Driftless Gardens: High-quality fruits, vegetables and herbs.
  • Echollective CSA: Sign up for a CSA share while perusing their herbs and veggies.
  • Iowa Blooms: Vegetables and herbs grown at the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center.
  • Gaia's Peace Garden: Plants, seeds and herbs infused with hope and love.
  • Moon in June Herbs: Herbal products and advice.
  • Green Share LLC: Heirloom and organic vegetables, herbs and flowers.
  • Mushroom Mills: Mushroom kits, logs, and fresh, edible mushrooms.
  • Red Fern Farm: Fruit trees and berry bushes grown on an agroforestry farm.
  • Silent E Farm: Berry bushes and herbs grown on a regenerative farm.
  • The Millet Seed: Vegetables and herbs grown in an urban garden.
  • Willow Basketry and Garden Art: Hand-crafted willow towers, baskets and other crafts.
  • Tango Art Studios: Kristin Wieland will create art for you on-site.

Pick Me Sign

Free Tomato Seedlings for Front Yard Planting

Free tomato plants will be provided to anyone willing to establish them in a location where the produce can be freely picked by passersby.

"Pick Me!" signs will also be available so you can label your abundance.

Thanks to the following wonderful people who are donating tomato seedlings to the project: Iowa City Parks and Recreation, Mary Kirkpatrick, Shannon Gassman.

Please tell us if you would like to grow and donate tomato seedlings to this cause.

Bring Spare Seeds

Please bring your extra seeds for a seed swap. A table will be available where you can drop off your abundance of seeds and choose from ones others have left.

Label each packet with the plant's common name, variety and approximate date of seed harvest.

Yummy Refreshments

Homemade goodness will satisfy your morning sweet tooth while shopping. Yum.

Growing Hope Event Series

This event helps people learn how to cultivate food, habitat and healing in the garden.

Learn about a wide variety of other family-friendly Growing Hope events.

Thank You

Special thanks to...

Iowa Cit Parks and RecreationNew Pioneer   

May6

Establish a Monarch Garden

Saturday, May 06, 2017
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Wetherby Park Edible Forest | directions

Monarch populations are in jeopardy. Support your winged friends by joining the community to establish a large monarch garden at the Wetherby Park Edible Forest.

You will learn how to properly establish plants that attract monarchs and create habitat for them.

Location

The class is held at the Wetherby Park Edible Forest, 2400 Taylor Drive, Iowa City. 

Registration

There is no fee for this class and registration is optional.

Register at the Parks and Recreation website. 

What to Bring

Girls wateringPlease wear standard gardening attire such as boots, jeans and gloves. If available, please also bring trowels, shovels and steel rakes labeled with your name.

Growing Hope Event Series

This event helps people learn how to cultivate food, habitat and healing in the garden.

Learn about a wide variety of other family-friendly Growing Hope events.

Sponsors and Partners

Thank you to these wonderful sponsors and partners. Please frequent their stores, services and websites.

Iowa City Parks and RecreationCommunity Foundation of Johnson CountyIowa Department of AgricultureNew Pioneer

May9

Seven Magical Crops to Grow with Children

Tuesday, May 09, 2017
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center | directions

Do you want to grow food with your children but are unsure which plants and varieties will be the most fun and will grow well?

At this class you will bring home seeds and starter plants for nearly-fail-proof vegetables that will not take a lot of time: Cherry tomatoes, cherry cucumbers, potatoes, gourds, purple and "dragon's tongue" green beans that turn green when cooked, strawberries and more.

Most of the plants discussed need at least part-sun to thrive.

Children 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Taught by Jen Kardos with Backyard Abundance. 

Location

Recreation Center Edible Classroom Plants

The class is held in the Edible Classroom at the Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center.  

Registration

The fee for the class is $15.

Register at the Parks and Recreation website.

Please register soon: the class is limited to 12 people and is likely to fill up fast.

What to Bring

Please wear standard gardening attire such as boots, jeans and gloves. If available, please also bring shovels and steel rakes labeled with your name.

Growing Hope Event Series

This event helps people learn how to cultivate food, habitat and healing in the garden.

Learn about a wide variety of other family-friendly Growing Hope events.

Sponsors and Partners

Recreation Center Edible Classroom StudentsThank you to these wonderful sponsors and partners. Please frequent their stores, services and websites.

Iowa City Parks and RecreationIowa Department of AgricultureACE Mentor ProgramUniversity of Iowa Community Credit UnionBeisser LumberField to FamilyHy-VeeHills BankKing's MaterialNew Pioneer

May10

Gardens for Reducing Stress and Improving Mood

Wednesday, May 10, 2017
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center | directions

Grow a healing space with plants that awaken the senses and uplift your spirits.

Come meet some therapeutic plants to include in your garden that will entice you to come out and play with them. 

Location

The class is held in the Edible Classroom at the Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center.  

Registration

Recreation Center Edible Classroom Plants

The fee for the class is $12.

Register at the Parks and Recreation website.

Please register soon: the class is limited to 20 people and is likely to fill up fast.

Growing Hope Event Series

This event helps people learn how to cultivate food, habitat and healing in the garden.

Learn about a wide variety of other family-friendly Growing Hope events.

Sponsors and Partners

Recreation Center Edible Classroom StudentsThank you to these wonderful sponsors and partners. Please frequent their stores, services and websites.

Iowa City Parks and RecreationIowa Department of AgricultureACE Mentor ProgramUniversity of Iowa Community Credit UnionBeisser LumberField to FamilyHy-VeeHills BankKing's MaterialNew Pioneer

May20

Create a Fairy or Gnome Garden

Saturday, May 20, 2017
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center | directions

Build and take home your own fairy garden, house and fairy/gnome. You can also help plant the fairy garden in the Edible Classroom.

Materials, plants and containers are provided.

Open to all ages. Children 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Taught by Jen Kardos with Backyard Abundance. 

Location

Recreation Center Edible Classroom Plants

The class is held in the Edible Classroom at the Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center.  

Registration

The fee for the class is $15.

Register at the Parks and Recreation website.

Please register soon: the class is limited to 15 people and is likely to fill up fast.

What to Bring

Fairy GardenPlease wear clothes that can get a little dirty.

Growing Hope Event Series

This event helps people learn how to cultivate food, habitat and healing in the garden.

Learn about a wide variety of other family-friendly Growing Hope events.

Sponsors and Partners

Recreation Center Edible Classroom StudentsThank you to these wonderful sponsors and partners. Please frequent their stores, services and websites.

Iowa City Parks and RecreationIowa Department of AgricultureACE Mentor ProgramUniversity of Iowa Community Credit UnionBeisser LumberField to FamilyHy-VeeHills BankKing's MaterialNew Pioneer

Jun3

Tour a Monarch Garden

Saturday, June 03, 2017
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Wetherby Park Edible Forest | directions

Tour a newly established monarch garden at Wetherby Park Edible Forest and learn how it was designed and established so you can create monarch habitat in your own landscape.

Location

The tour is held at the Wetherby Park Edible Forest, 2400 Taylor Drive, Iowa City.

Registration

There is no fee for this class and registration is optional.

Register at the Parks and Recreation website.

Growing Hope Event Series

This event helps people learn how to cultivate food, habitat and healing in the garden.

Learn about a wide variety of other family-friendly Growing Hope events.

Sponsors and Partners

Thank you to these wonderful sponsors and partners. Please frequent their stores, services and websites.

Iowa City Parks and RecreationCommunity Foundation of Johnson CountyIowa Department of AgricultureNew Pioneer

Jun29

Mud Day

Thursday, June 29, 2017
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International Mud Day is children and early childhood professionals all over the world celebrating nature, outdoors, and mess by getting really muddy.

Share your muddy stories and learn more: http://www.worldforumfoundation.org/working-groups/nature/international-mud-day/

 

 

 

 

Jul29

Smoothie and Harvest Party

Saturday, July 29, 2017
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Wetherby Park Edible Forest | directions

Bring family and friends for free smoothies made with fruit harvested from the Wetherby Edible Forest.

New Pioneer Food Co-op is donating ingredients for anything that is not harvested from the edible forest.

Edible Forest Tours

What is an “edible forest” and how can its design help you create a lower-maintenance landscape that provides food, beauty and habitat?

Tours of the Wetherby Edible Forest will be given where you will see elegant, nature-inspired design firsthand. You will come away with an understanding of how to arrange plants in a landscape of any size to maximize yields and space.

These plants and many more will be discussed:

  • Trees: Pear, apple, plum, cherry, peach, pawpaw
  • Shrubs: Bush cherry, aronia berry, gooseberry, hazelnut, honeyberry, elderberry
  • Herbs: Rhubarb, thyme, oregano, chamomile, chives, dandelion, plantain, French sorrel, self-heal, yarrow, comfrey, walking onion, anise hyssop, lovage (all ready to harvest!)

Handouts of the Wetherby Edible Forest design and plant list will be provided. View the design.

Food Forest TourFree Cherries and Aronia Berries

Bring bowls to harvest loads of aronia berries and bush cherries. Donate them to the smoothie-making cause or take them home for future munching.

Rhubarb, walking onions, chives, oregano, thyme, loveage, sorrel and other herbs are also free for harvest.

Worm Compost and Compost Tea

A worm composting bin will be on hand and you can take home some worms to start your own bin. We will also demonstrate how to make compost tea.

Splash Pad!

Bring the kids and enjoy the nearby Splash Pad of 15 crazy-fun water sprays.

What to Bring

Optional items to bring...

  • Reusable cup for sampling smoothies.
  • Buckets, bowls, or bags for harvested berries and herbs.
  • Friends and family.

Regenerative Landscapes

This event helps people learn how to create low-maintenance landscapes that contribute to our quality of life while enhancing our local ecosystems.

Learn about other regenerative landscape events.

Sponsors and Partners

Thank you to these wonderful sponsors and partners.
.Iowa City Parks and RecreationIowa Department of AgricultureNew Pioneer