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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Girls WateringThe Garden as Your Classroom

Attend this free class and learn engaging activities for K-12 children at school gardens.
Learn more and register

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

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

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

Deer-Resistant Gardening
3/28/2017 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Wild Game Chef Demo & Target Practice
4/1/2017 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Design a Monarch Garden
4/4/2017 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Eat Your Dirt
4/5/2017 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Gardening with Spirit
4/5/2017 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Sustainable Living Conversations
4/6/2017 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

The Garden as Your Classroom
4/8/2017 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Fruit Tree Companion Plants
4/11/2017 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Green Drinks
4/13/2017 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Grow a Backyard Medicine Chest
4/18/2017 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

TreeKeeper Program
4/18/2017 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Grow Your Own Mushrooms
4/20/2017 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Sustainable Living Conversations
4/20/2017 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Forest Bathing
4/21/2017 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Earth Day Run
4/22/2017 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Maple Syrup Celebration
4/29/2017 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Edible Plant Sale Fundraiser
4/29/2017 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Gardening with Spirit
5/3/2017 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM