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Wed, Apr 13


Edible Classroom

Plan a Memorable Family Garden

Plan and design gardens that yield a lifetime of memories.

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 Plan a Memorable Family Garden
 Plan a Memorable Family Garden

Time & Location

Apr 13, 2022, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Edible Classroom, 400-450 E Burlington St, Iowa City, IA 52240, USA

About the Event

Gardens can yield much more than food and flowers.

Do you have fond memories of gardening with a kind parent, a loving grandparent, a wise aunt or a cheerful neighbor? Would you like to visit those cherished memories and bring back simplicity and calmness into this rushed and confusing time? How might a new or existing garden capture and reflect those memories so each visit literally grounds you? How can you pass along those precious experiences to family and friends?

During this class, we will explore your gardening memories and brainstorm ways to integrate them into your existing garden or embed them into a new garden. We will cover the basics of placing and designing gardens to ensure plants thrive with less maintenance.

Organic methods will be learned; no synthetic pesticides or fertilizers will be discussed.

You are invited no matter your level of gardening experience. All are welcome.

Yummy snacks generously provided by New Pioneer Co-op.


We realize the class may be a little late in the day. The first hour covers core concepts and the last half hour is hands-on practice. Please feel free to leave after the first hour if you need to get home.


  • A notebook and a pen/pencil for writing and drawing.
  • A few written notes about fond gardening memories.
  • Pictures of past gardening experiences (optional).


Sliding scale fee: $25 - $0, based upon your access to resources.

This class is a part of a 4-class series. There is a 20% discount for registering for the series (see the Series: Grow Magical Garden Memories registration).

Backyard Abundance members receive a 10% discount.


We need a minimum of 10 attendees to host the class. Please invite friends and family to ensure the event happens as scheduled. We would love to meet your loved ones.


Taught by Fred Meyer, permaculture designer, Master Gardener and Grandma’s gardening apprentice. Fred’s years of gardening and garden design experience will help answer your questions about specific challenges and opportunities in your garden.


We meet at the Edible Classroom on the south side of the Robert A. Lee Community Center, 220 South Gilbert Street, Iowa City.


The event is held outside. Masks are optional. We will try to maintain 6' distancing.


This class was developed in collaboration with many community partners using grant funding from the Johnson County Community Foundation and the Roy A. Hunt Foundation. It would not be possible without these sponsors and supporters. Please frequent these generous organizations to thank them for donations of time, materials and funds.


  • Abundance of Resources

    This fee is for people with expendable income. This option allows you to assist others in attending our classes by “paying it forward” for those who have less access to opportunities.

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  • Traditional Resources

    This fee is for people who have the resources they need to make ends meet and can attend our classes at full cost.

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  • Reduced Access to Resources

    This fee is for people who are working hard to make ends meet on low wages and have less access to resources and opportunities.

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  • Under Resourced

    This option is for people who have low access to resources. Examples include those with income below the poverty line, people living with mental and physical health concerns, and people experiencing insecurity in basic needs attainment.

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