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

Learn Classes and Presentations
Create beautiful and resilient landscapes using nature as a model.
Learn Yard Tours
Get ideas by visiting landscapes that were consciously designed to benefit people and our environment.
Nurture Children's Wellness
Improve the health and skills of children by creating nurturing, healthy landscapes.
Reclaim Save Money and Time
Reclaim money, time, and energy through low-maintenance landscapes.
Connect Skill Share
Let's build a positive future together by sharing our unlimited resource: creativity.

All Upcoming Events


Edible Plant Sale Fundraiser

Saturday, April 28, 2018
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.
  • Worms for vermicomposting bins will be for sale.
  • 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
Asparagus Basil Anise Hyssop Blueberry Pawpaw
Broccoli Broadleaf Sage Bee Balm Currant Persimmon
Cabbage Chamomile Butterfly Weed Gooseberry Hardy Fig
Eggplant Comfrey Swamp Milkweed Jostaberry Peach
Kale Dill Common Milkweed Elderberry  
Leek Rosemary Aster Raspberry  
Lettuce Lavender Purple Coneflower Aronia berry  
Onion Mint Columnbine Cranberry  
Spinach Oregano Sweet Alyssum Nanking cherry  
Pepper Parsley White Sage Hazelnut  
Rhubarb Self-Heal Yarrow Grape  
Tomato Thyme Zinnia Thornless Blackberry  
Squash Valerian      
Melon Strawberry      


Edible Landscaping Layouts

Edible Garden DesignsGet ideas for your habitat-friendly garden using design examples from two Backyard Abundance publications:


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.
  • Cedar River Hilltop: Vegetables and herbs grown with care.
  • Gaia's Peace Garden: Plants, seeds and herbs infused with hope and love.
  • Green Share LLC: Heirloom and organic vegetables, herbs and flowers.
  • The Millet Seed: Vegetables and herbs grown in an urban garden.
  • Willow Basketry and Garden Art: Hand-crafted willow towers, baskets and other crafts.

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   


International Mud Day

Friday, June 29, 2018

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: