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
  • Access to publications and landscape designs
  • Implementation assistance

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Monarch ButterflyRegenerative Landscapes

Classes, events and landscapes that help you grow food and desired wildlife habitat.
Create edible and habitat-rich landscape

Edible Classroom
Edible 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

Edible Agroforestry Design TemplatesEdible Agroforestry

Large scale edible landscape designs: sunny field, shady forest, windbreak, homestead orchard and more.
View Edible Agroforestry Designs (pdf)


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Upcoming Events

Pumpkin Carving
10/22/2016 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Community Food Forest Gardening
10/26/2016 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

TreeKeeper Program
10/27/2016 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Gardening with Spirit
11/2/2016 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

TreeKeeper Program
11/3/2016 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Sustainable Living Conversations
11/3/2016 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Women, Food & Agriculture Conference
11/4/2016 - 11/5/2016

Green Drinks
11/10/2016 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Sustainable Living Conversations
11/17/2016 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Pruning Fruit Trees
11/19/2016 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

SILT Annual Celebration
12/1/2016 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Sustainable Living Conversations
12/1/2016 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Green Drinks
12/8/2016 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Sustainable Living Conversations
12/15/2016 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Sustainable Living Conversations
1/5/2017 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Green Drinks
1/12/2017 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM