Garden Guru

Gardening experts will attend Iowa City gardens at regular times throughout the growing season. Bring your questions for free answers and hands-on learning.

Got gardening questions? Ask a Garden Guru.

Experts will be available to help you...

  • Increase yields in vegetable and herb gardens

  • Successfully grow fruit trees and berry bushes

  • Mitigate the impact of climate change through gardening

  • Grow habitat for pollinators and birds

Fun events and garden attendance happen from June through October at Iowa City gardens.

Look for gurus in their bright t-shirts.


Robert A. Lee Rec. Center

220 South Gilbert St.

Garden Guru attendance:

1st and 3rd Friday of each month, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm.

Learn about...

  • Harvesting free food.

  • Low-maintenance gardening in raised beds.

  • Small patches of fruit trees and berry bushes.

  • Pollinator habitat.

Edible Classroom

Community gardens at

1920 Friendship St.

Garden Guru attendance:
2nd and 4th Friday of each month, 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm.

Learn about...

  • In-ground beds of vegetable and herbs.

  • Medicinal benefits of herbs.

  • Pollinator habitat.

  • Increasing soil health.

  • Protecting plants from deer and bunnies.

Chadek Green Park

Orchard at

2400 Taylor Dr.

Garden Guru attendance:

2nd and 4th Sunday of each month, 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm.

Learn about...

  • Harvesting free food.

  • Large plots of fruit trees and berry bushes.

  • Pollinator and bird habitat.

  • Increasing soil health.

  • Regenerative agriculture.

Wetherby Edible Forest


Join neighbors to transform landscapes into spaces that help reduce the impact of climate change.

From July through October, post pictures or videos of your climate-friendly gardening practices to social media sites with the #ClimateFriendlyGarden tag. Also tag Backyard Abundance:

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Facebook: @backyardabundance

Instagram: @backyardabundance

Twitter: @ICBYA

Your post enters you into a weekly drawing for a $25 gift card to garden centers in the Iowa City area.

Eligible posts show you having fun, gardening outside...

  • Growing or harvesting vegetables, herbs or fruits.

  • Planting trees or shrubs.

  • Covering bare soil with mulch or ground covers.

  • Composting.

  • Seeding or growing cover crops.

  • Seeding lawn with Dutch white clover or violets.

  • Using natural products instead of synthetic pesticides or fertilizers.

View the contest rules.


Learn to successfully establish a pollinator garden through free, hands-on classes.

Public pollinator gardens will be established in late October at these locations:

  • Chadek Green Community Garden

  • Creekside Community Orchard

More information and event dates will be provided by early August.


We invite you to apply for a full scholarship to our series of Low-Maintenance Vegetable Gardening Classes on Saturday mornings from June through August at the Robert A. Lee Community Center in downtown Iowa City.

The class series has ended and so has the scholarship.


Subscribe to our email list for notifications about upcoming classes.


Be inspired by a lovingly tended landscape that offers comfortable gathering areas, yields an abundance of food and provides beautiful habitat for fluttering friends.

Sunday, July 7

2 pm - 4 pm

2040 Rochester Court

This project would not be possible without sponsors and supporters. Please frequent these generous organizations to thank them for donations of materials, services and funds.

Logo: Iowa City Parks an Recreation
Backyard Abundance

Backyard Abundance is a leading educational nonprofit that helps people create vibrant, engaging outdoor spaces that benefit families and our environment.

P.O. Box 1605

Iowa City, IA  52245


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