We have designed many abundant spaces throughout the community.
Children's Discovery Garden
In partnership with the Iowa City Robert A. Lee Recreation Center, Backyard Abundance designed the Children’s Discovery Garden.
See the garden at 220 S Gilbert St, Iowa City.
A full range of habitats exists in this landscape: a shady walnut forest, hot and dry herbaceous beds near the house, an open woodland, and a forest of diverse trees near the back of the property.
Food Forest Acreage
A productive food forest was designed to thrive on this two-acre landscape.
Home Ties Playspace
Backyard Abundance helped design the playspace of Home Ties Childcare at 405 Myrtle Avenue in Iowa City.
Backyard Abundance re-designed the entire elementary playground of the Maharishi School in Fairfield, Iowa into a natural playspace.
This residential design encourages neighborhood walkers to cut through the yard to enjoy beautiful flowers and buzzing insects.
New Pioneer's Edible Landscape
Iowa City-based New Pioneer Food Co-op is demonstrating the many ways to grow local food by planting an edible landscape at its administration building. Participants in Backyard Abundance workshops designed and planted the landscape at 523 Iowa Avenue.
New Pioneer's Sweet Gift Orchard
New Pioneer Food Co-op asked Backyard Abundance to design an orchard that would yield food for local food banks. Implementation of the orchard is in progress and can be seen at Earth Source Gardens in Iowa City at the corner of Rochester and Scott Bouleva
Orchard and Vineyard Acreage
Lowering the maintenance and increasing the yields of an existing apple orchard and vineyard was a central goal of this landscape. Large swaths of native prairie and pond vegetation required researching the soils and topography.
Rain Water Management
When properly designed, rain gardens, native plantings, aeration, and infiltration swales can all remedy wet areas in a landscape while improving urban water quality.
Wetherby Park Edible Forest Maze
Through a National Parks and Recreation Association grant, the Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department asked Backyard Abundance to create a children’s playscape that would connect them to food and nature. This Edible Forest Maze in Wetherby Park is the