Backyard Abundance


Helping you and our community understand how landscapes can reflect deeply held environmental beliefs and values.
Experiential events that demonstrate how to design, manage and implement environmentally-beneficial landscapes.
Ecological designs for residences, businesses, schools, and acreages that provide habitat, grow food, and manage rain water.



Backyard Abundance is a nonprofit that helps people create beautiful, environmentally-beneficial landscapes that provide healthy food and habitat.

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Join a vibrant and engaged gardening community that learns from one another and receive these benefits:

  • Discounts on products and classes
  • Access to publications and landscape designs
  • Implementation assistance

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Backyard Chats Blog

Reflecting on the first community visioning meeting and plans for the edible forest at Wetherby Park.

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 We can take actions today that will be appreciated tomorrow.

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Apple pickingWe invented the term "local food" to help describe the normality of foraging and eating where we live.

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Classes: High-Value Orchard Crops
Four classes to help you transform a landscape of any size into high-yielding orchards of fruits, nuts, berries, perennial vegetables, and medicinal herbs.
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Plant Sale Online Store
Choose from nearly 100 varieties of trees, shrubs, flowers, and herbs.
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Services Survey
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Wetherby Park Edible Forest
Learn about Iowa City's emerging public food forest.
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Upcoming Events

UI Sustainability Festival
4/16/2014 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Stuff and the Environment
4/16/2014 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Blue Zones Walkability Tour
4/17/2014 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Blue Zones Kick-Off Celebration
4/17/2014 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM

No-Till Gardening
4/19/2014 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Craft your Environment Fair
4/19/2014 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Green Earth Family Fair
4/19/2014 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Preserving Biodiversity
4/22/2014 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Ralston Creek Watershed
4/22/2014 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Trashed Film Screening
4/23/2014 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Prairie Restoration
4/26/2014 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Iowa Climate Festival
4/26/2014 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM