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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Plant Sale
On April 26, choose from nearly 100 varieties of trees, shrubs, and herbs.
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Free Food!
Use these "Pick Me!" signs to promote harvesting free food in your landscape.
Print the signs (pdf)

Services Survey
How can we best serve you and our community?
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Wetherby Park Edible Forest
Learn about Iowa City's emerging public food forest.
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Upcoming Events

Backyard Abundance Plant Sale
4/26/2014 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

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

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

Urban Conservation Tour
4/26/2014 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Sing for the Climate
4/26/2014 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Willow Arbor Workshop
4/26/2014 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Prairie Restoration
4/27/2014 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Herbal Classes
4/27/2014 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Birds, Bugs and Flowers
4/27/2014 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

UI Gardeners' Spring Open House
4/27/2014 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Film Screening: Troubled Waters
4/28/2014 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Book Discussion: The Big Thirst
4/29/2014 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM