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

Nicole introduces herself and the Sprouting Forth blog.

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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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Edible Landscaping
See 7 edible landscape designs.
View the Polyculture Planting Guide (pdf)

Wetherby Park Edible Forest
Learn about Iowa City's emerging public food forest.
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Upcoming Events

Soil Quality Restoration Field Day
11/1/2014 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Growing Cities Film Screening
11/4/2014 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Women, Land and Tools 101
11/8/2014 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Green Drinks
11/13/2014 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Screening: The Clean Bin Project
11/13/2014 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Simplicity Fair
11/15/2014 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Iowa Organic Conference
11/16/2014 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Iowa Organic Conference
11/17/2014 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Screening: Bag It
11/18/2014 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Green Drinks
12/11/2014 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Green Drinks
1/8/2015 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM