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
  • Online access to all publications
  • Landscape design ideas

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Monarch ButterflyGrowing Hope

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

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

Winter Gardening Fair
2/25/2017 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

Legislative Forum
2/25/2017 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Creating Mittens from Old Sweaters
2/27/2017 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Small Furniture Project
3/1/2017 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Sustainable Living Conversations
3/2/2017 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Winter Garden Forum
3/5/2017 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Upcycled Craft Night
3/6/2017 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Create a Countertop Worm Composter
3/7/2017 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Reducing Your Carbon Footprint
3/9/2017 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Green Drinks
3/9/2017 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Prairie Preview
3/9/2017 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Seed Starting
3/14/2017 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Sustainable Living Conversations
3/16/2017 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Pruning Fruit Trees
3/18/2017 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Design an Ever-Blooming Garden
3/21/2017 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM