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Our ecological design services are tailored for residences, businesses, acreages, schools, churches and parks.

Clear Creek Amana School Outdoor Classroom

Progressive staff at Clear Creek Amana schools in Tiffin, Iowa saw vast opportunities for outdoor learning on an underutilized grassy space next to their STEM Center building. Backyard Abundance helped them envision a durable and beautiful outdoor classroom that would help generations of students learn to grow food alongside wildlife habitat.

Design features: learning shelters, raised beds, sensory gardens, compost bins, water catchment.

GuideLink Center Trauma-Informed Landscape

GuideLink Center offers a welcoming space where experienced staff can deliver 24/7 services to those who are experiencing mental health or substance use crisis. Backyard Abundance augmented their existing courtyard with features that contributed to a therapeutic and relaxing environment.

The landscape was made possible through generous donations from Earl May and Lowe's.

Design features: gathering areas, planters, wildlife habitat, sensory garden.


Successful Living Therapeutic Landscape

Successful Living, an Iowa City-based nonprofit, offers housing to people with chronic mental illness. Backyard Abundance collaborated with them to create a landscape based upon trauma-informed environmental design principles that aims to help residents heal and increase personal resilience.

The landscape was made possible through generous funding from the Mental Health/Disability Services of the East Central Region.

Design features: gathering areas, raised beds, wildlife habitat, sensory gardens, napping spot.


Residential Edible Yard

Backyard Abundance helped this family design their entire medium-sized yard to replace all turfgrass with vegetables, fruits, edible mushrooms and wildlife habitat.

Design features: gathering areas, children’s natural playscape, rotational chicken paddocks, ever-blooming gardens in sun and shade.

Eureka Moon Farm

This five-acre family farm connects people to Mother Nature, food, and community through hands-on learning and a diverse offering of quality farm-fresh goods. Backyard Abundance helped the family design their entire landscape to reduce its maintenance, encourage extended gatherings, provide income from organic food, and gain a closer relationship with nature. Learn more about Eureka Moon Farm.

Design features: edible forest gardens, gathering areas, market garden, children’s natural playscape, rotational chicken paddocks, livestock paddocks, windbreaks, pesticide drift barriers.