Classes and Presentations
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

Apr1

Wild Game Chef Demo & Target Practice

Saturday, April 01, 2017
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Highland Hideaway Hunting | directions

Curious about the best way to cook wild game? Want to sharpen your target practice skills? Never picked up a gun, and want to learn best techniques?

This Edible Outdoors class is a great opportunity for anyone from the beginning student to the avid hunter. We will have amazing instructors to help you feel comfortable or to learn new target skills.

Esteemed chef Chris Grebner will share different cooking techniques for wild game. After all the fun, we will try some delicious tastes! 

Location

The class is held at the beautiful Highland Hideaway Hunting at Riverside, Iowa.

Registration

Class fee: $25. Register for the event

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

Full scholarships are available. Contact us to learn more and apply.

What to Bring

Please wear standard outdoor attire that allows you to get a little dirty.

Guns will be provided for target practice, but feel free to bring your own gun.

Instructors

Chris Grebner is the owner and chef at Provender Catering & Events and the Farmer’s Table. He graduated with honors from Le Cordon Bleu Portland's Culinary Arts program, which emphasizes French cooking techniques using modern technology. He loves coming up with memorable and delicious ways to cook wild game and foraged foods.

Phil Bourjaily is the shotgun columnist for Field & Stream and Ducks Unlimited magazines. He is also a certified trap and sporting clays instructor and has coached the Iowa City Westside Trap Club, a local youth team, for the past eight years. He is an Iowa City native and an avid hunter, cooker and eater of wild game.

Rick Frees is a life long Johnson County resident. 25 years as an IDNR certified hunter education instructor, also a NRA Range Safety Officer. Avid upland bird hunter and two time Iowa State Sporting Clays Champion. Proud owner of a wonderful English Springer Spaniel, Pistol Pete.

David Giese works with IDNR Shooting Sports, is a range safety officer, hunter education instructor, NRA Rifle, Pistol, Shotgun Instructor, 4-H Shooting Instructor and also coaches the West High Trap Team (Scholastic clay target program Coach and Scholastic pistol program Coach). He also volunteers with the Boy Scouts of America, Delta Waterfowl, Pheasants Forever, and Ducks Unlimited
 

Edible Outdoors

Edible OutdoorsEdible Outdoors is a community of people dedicated to learning about foraging, hunting and fishing in the active classroom of the outdoors. We explore the true nature of what our land can provide in a respectful and sustainable way. Our mission is to connect people to people, land and our resources in a way that benefits nature.

Learn about all Edible Outdoors events.

Sponsors and Partners

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

Iowa City Parks and RecreationNew PioneerCommunity Foundation of Johnson CountyDepartment of Natural ResorucesEarthview Environmental

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

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.

Recreation Center Edible Classroom Plants

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

Apr5

Gardening with Spirit

Wednesday, April 05, 2017
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Gaia's Peace Garden | directions

Connect with the spiritual side of nature through playful gatherings the first Wednesday of each month.

Most everyone has experienced a divine presence in nature. Deepen these spiritual experiences through hands-on gardening and in-depth discussions in our shared outdoor cathedral.

Together we will explore many topics and questions…

  • How can natural settings increase the benefits of prayer, journeying, ritual, and meditation?
  • What are effective responses to the Pope's Eco-Encyclical, an urgent call for personal actions that mitigate climate change?
  • What is the human role in nature?
  • How can we collaborate with unseen beings to become a beneficial, healing element in ecosystem health?
  • <Insert your big spiritual question here>

The gatherings are open to any spiritual practice, but an inquisitive mind and compassionate heart are required.

Fee

You have several payment options:

Time

A short grounding ritual begins promptly at 6:30 pm. Please arrive at least 10 minutes early to get settled before the grounding begins.

The gatherings officially end at 8:00 pm, but the fluid and exploratory nature of each event may allow for people to stay well beyond this time for chatting and supplementary activities.

Topics

Unlike formal classes, our gatherings depend mostly on the collective wisdom of the group. Experienced participants will be available at every session, but they will encourage their knowledge to be augmented by everyone.

Apr 5: Seed Swap

Bring seeds that make your heart sing and spread their goodness to other gardens.

May 3: Vegetable Gardening

Lots of information exists about planting gardens according to the physical needs of plants, but what about a plant's spiritual needs? Together we will explore ways to understand where a vegetable or herb would like to be planted using its internal messages.

Jun 7: Fruit Tree Companion Planting

Everyone needs friends, including fruit trees. Ecological designer, Fred Meyer, will describe ways to give fruit trees allies that will improve yields and reduce pests.

Jul 5: Fairy Gardening

Learn creative ways to invite fairies, gnomes and other spiritual beings into your landscape.

Aug 2: Midwest Native Plants

Learn about common native plants, their benefits and how to establish them in your landscape.

Sep 6: Herbal Remedies

Bring your favorite herbal remedies to share with the group. Samples are welcome!

Oct 4: Monarch Gardening

You've planted plenty of milkweed so where are the monarchs? Bring your favorite ideas for attracting our fluttering friends and establishing monarch gardens in your landscape.

Nov 1: Plant Communication

Bring ideas for ways to form heartfelt, mutualistic relationships with our plant friends.

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.

Apr8

The Garden as Your Classroom

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.

Field to FamilyIowa City Parks and RecreationIowa Department of AgricultureACE Mentor ProgramUniversity of Iowa Community Credit UnionBeisser LumberHy-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  Persimmon
Cabbage Chamomile Butterfly Weed Gooseberry  Hardy Fig
Eggplant Comfrey Swamp Milkweed Jostaberry  
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 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.
  • The Millet Seed: Vegetables and herbs grown in an urban garden.
  • Willow Basketry and Garden Art: Hand-crafted willow towers, baskets and other crafts.

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   

May3

Gardens for Reducing Stress and Improving Mood

Wednesday, May 03, 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

May3

Gardening with Spirit

Wednesday, May 03, 2017
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Gaia's Peace Garden | directions

Connect with the spiritual side of nature through playful gatherings the first Wednesday of each month.

Most everyone has experienced a divine presence in nature. Deepen these spiritual experiences through hands-on gardening and in-depth discussions in our shared outdoor cathedral.

Together we will explore many topics and questions…

  • How can natural settings increase the benefits of prayer, journeying, ritual, and meditation?
  • What are effective responses to the Pope's Eco-Encyclical, an urgent call for personal actions that mitigate climate change?
  • What is the human role in nature?
  • How can we collaborate with unseen beings to become a beneficial, healing element in ecosystem health?
  • <Insert your big spiritual question here>

The gatherings are open to any spiritual practice, but an inquisitive mind and compassionate heart are required.

Fee

You have several payment options:

Time

A short grounding ritual begins promptly at 6:30 pm. Please arrive at least 10 minutes early to get settled before the grounding begins.

The gatherings officially end at 8:00 pm, but the fluid and exploratory nature of each event may allow for people to stay well beyond this time for chatting and supplementary activities.

Topics

Unlike formal classes, our gatherings depend mostly on the collective wisdom of the group. Experienced participants will be available at every session, but they will encourage their knowledge to be augmented by everyone.

Apr 5: Seed Swap

Bring seeds that make your heart sing and spread their goodness to other gardens.

May 3: Vegetable Gardening

Lots of information exists about planting gardens according to the physical needs of plants, but what about a plant's spiritual needs? Together we will explore ways to understand where a vegetable or herb would like to be planted using its internal messages.

Jun 7: Fruit Tree Companion Planting

Everyone needs friends, including fruit trees. Ecological designer, Fred Meyer, will describe ways to give fruit trees allies that will improve yields and reduce pests.

Jul 5: Fairy Gardening

Learn creative ways to invite fairies, gnomes and other spiritual beings into your landscape.

Aug 2: Midwest Native Plants

Learn about common native plants, their benefits and how to establish them in your landscape.

Sep 6: Herbal Remedies

Bring your favorite herbal remedies to share with the group. Samples are welcome!

Oct 4: Monarch Gardening

You've planted plenty of milkweed so where are the monarchs? Bring your favorite ideas for attracting our fluttering friends and establishing monarch gardens in your landscape.

Nov 1: Plant Communication

Bring ideas for ways to form heartfelt, mutualistic relationships with our plant friends.

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.

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

May13

Urban Food Foraging

Saturday, May 13, 2017
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Gaia's Peace Garden | directions

Join amazing instructors in hands-on foraging of edible and medicinal goods from urban landscapes. At this Edible Outdoors class you will learn about edibles that are in our area and explore options of preservation.

The focus of the class will be the mighty dandelion. Learn all the ways we can utilize this incredible plant and make a tincture to bring home.

Instructors: Mandy Dickerson and Pete Flynn.

Location

The class is held at the beautiful Gaia's Peace Garden in Iowa City.

Registration

Class fee: $20. Register for the event

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

Full scholarships are available. Contact us to learn more and apply.

What to Bring

Please wear standard outdoor attire that allows you to get a little dirty.

Instructor

Mandy Dickerson is an Iowa City herbalist and yoga student-teacher. She leads outdoor classes and herb identification walks, teaching folks of all ages how to safely and sustainably work with herbs in food and medicine making. Her company Moon in June Herbs propagates herbs and other seedlings, and also crafts small batch herbal products. Mandy has a background and degrees in anthropology, with research areas in health horticulture and spiritual philosophy.

Edible Outdoors

Edible OutdoorsEdible Outdoors is a community of people dedicated to learning about foraging, hunting and fishing in the active classroom of the outdoors. We explore the true nature of what our land can provide in a respectful and sustainable way. Our mission is to connect people to people, land and our resources in a way that benefits nature.

Learn about all Edible Outdoors events.

Sponsors and Partners

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

Iowa City Parks and RecreationNew PioneerCommunity Foundation of Johnson CountyDepartment of Natural ResorucesEarthview Environmental

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

Jun7

Gardening with Spirit

Wednesday, June 07, 2017
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Gaia's Peace Garden | directions

Connect with the spiritual side of nature through playful gatherings the first Wednesday of each month.

Most everyone has experienced a divine presence in nature. Deepen these spiritual experiences through hands-on gardening and in-depth discussions in our shared outdoor cathedral.

Together we will explore many topics and questions…

  • How can natural settings increase the benefits of prayer, journeying, ritual, and meditation?
  • What are effective responses to the Pope's Eco-Encyclical, an urgent call for personal actions that mitigate climate change?
  • What is the human role in nature?
  • How can we collaborate with unseen beings to become a beneficial, healing element in ecosystem health?
  • <Insert your big spiritual question here>

The gatherings are open to any spiritual practice, but an inquisitive mind and compassionate heart are required.

Fee

You have several payment options:

Time

A short grounding ritual begins promptly at 6:30 pm. Please arrive at least 10 minutes early to get settled before the grounding begins.

The gatherings officially end at 8:00 pm, but the fluid and exploratory nature of each event may allow for people to stay well beyond this time for chatting and supplementary activities.

Topics

Unlike formal classes, our gatherings depend mostly on the collective wisdom of the group. Experienced participants will be available at every session, but they will encourage their knowledge to be augmented by everyone.

Apr 5: Seed Swap

Bring seeds that make your heart sing and spread their goodness to other gardens.

May 3: Vegetable Gardening

Lots of information exists about planting gardens according to the physical needs of plants, but what about a plant's spiritual needs? Together we will explore ways to understand where a vegetable or herb would like to be planted using its internal messages.

Jun 7: Fruit Tree Companion Planting

Everyone needs friends, including fruit trees. Ecological designer, Fred Meyer, will describe ways to give fruit trees allies that will improve yields and reduce pests.

Jul 5: Fairy Gardening

Learn creative ways to invite fairies, gnomes and other spiritual beings into your landscape.

Aug 2: Midwest Native Plants

Learn about common native plants, their benefits and how to establish them in your landscape.

Sep 6: Herbal Remedies

Bring your favorite herbal remedies to share with the group. Samples are welcome!

Oct 4: Monarch Gardening

You've planted plenty of milkweed so where are the monarchs? Bring your favorite ideas for attracting our fluttering friends and establishing monarch gardens in your landscape.

Nov 1: Plant Communication

Bring ideas for ways to form heartfelt, mutualistic relationships with our plant friends.

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.

Jun25

Project Green Garden Tour

Sunday, June 25, 2017
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Iowa City Locations | directions

Several lovely gardens will be featured. Check the website for a map of the tour: www.projectgreen.org/gardentour.htm