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.

Donate to our shared mission and receive tax benefits.
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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
  • Online access to all publications
  • Landscape design ideas

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Good Neighbor Garden DesignsGood Neighbor Garden Designs

Edible landscape designs: community garden, edible classroom, K12 garden, and more.
View Good Neighbor Garden Designs (pdf)

Monarch ButterflyGrowing Hope

Classes, events and landscapes that help you cultivate food, habitat and wellness.
Grow hope in your garden

Cooking OutsideEdible Outdoors

Learning foraging, hunting and fishing skills through fun, hands-on activities.
Learn about the Edible Outdoors

Good Neighbor SignGood Neighbor Sign

Demonstrate your commitment to a pesticide-free yard with a sign. We provide these free signs at many of our events.
Visit Good Neighbor Iowa

Edible ClassroomEdible Classroom

A downtown Iowa City outdoor classroom that grows veggies, fruits and herbs in beds shared by the community.
Learn about the Edible Classroom

Harvesting BerriesWetherby Edible Forest

A 1/3 acre of low-maintenance fruits and herbs that are free to harvest in Wetherby Park.
Learn about Iowa City's public food forest


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Upcoming Events

Green Drinks
2/8/2018 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Second Sunday Garden Forum
2/11/2018 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Sunday Garden Forum
3/4/2018 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Green Drinks
3/8/2018 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Green Drinks
4/12/2018 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Edible Plant Sale Fundraiser
4/28/2018 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Green Drinks
5/10/2018 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Green Drinks
6/14/2018 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM