Save Time and Money

Our landscapes often take a great amount of our time, energy, and money to maintain. This is because we put much of the maintenance burden on our shoulders rather than on the broad shoulders of Mother Nature.

Benefits of attending these events:

  • Connect with others who are trying to lower the maintenance burden of their yard
  • Gain design ideas that improve the usefulness of your landscape
  • Learn how to grow food in low-maintenance ways

Upcoming Time and Money Saving Events

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   

May21

Plant Sale and Monarch Madness

Sunday, May 21, 2017
10:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Hickory Hill Park, Iowa City | directions

The Friends of Hickory Hill Park annual plant sale raises funds to maintain the ecological health of the park.

They offer a variety of plants with an additional focus on monarch milkweed plants.

The sale happens at the Bloomington St. Entrance to Hickory Hill Park.