Edible Plant Sale Fundraiser

Saturday, April 27 2019 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM [CST]

220 South Gilbert Street, Iowa City, IA, 52240, United States

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Saturday, April 27 2019 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM [CST]

Robert A. Lee Recreation Center, 220 South Gilbert Street, Iowa City, IA, 52240, United States.

Happy plants: 100% local and organic.Plant Sale

Get a jump on your spring plant shopping at the Backyard Abundance plant sale fundraiser.

  • Vegetables, herbs, berries and pollinator-friendly plants.
  • Experts carefully researched each plant variety.
  • Purchases help fund environmental education events.

Sad note: No vermicomposting worms will be available this year.

Membership Discount and Early Entry

Members of Backyard Abundance receive a 10% discount on all purchases and can enter the sale at 8:30 am to get first pick of plants.

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Sample Garden Plans

Get ideas for your garden using these design examples that show patches of self-supporting edibles.

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Expert Advice

Got gardening questions? Green thumbs will help you...

  • Select plants
  • Understand how to establish your plants
  • Provide advice on watering, care and harvest

Edible Plants

Below are just a few of the edible plants that will be available.


  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Chives
  • Cucumber
  • Eggplant
  • French sorrel
  • Kale
  • Leek
  • Melon
  • Onion
  • Pepper
  • Ramps
  • Rhubarb
  • Spinach
  • Squash
  • Sweet potato
  • Tomato
  • Walking onion



  • Basil
  • Lavender
  • Mint
  • Oregano
  • Thyme



  • Aronia berry
  • Blackberry, Thornless
  • Currant
  • Elderberry
  • Gooseberry
  • Hardy fig
  • Nanking cherry
  • Pawpaw tree
  • Peach tree
  • Persimmon tree
  • Plum tree
  • Raspberry
  • Strawberry


Flowers and Native Plants

Native prairie plants will also be available:

  • Anise Hyssop
  • Bee balm
  • Big bluestem
  • Black eyed Susan
  • Butterfly weed
  • Cardinal flower
  • Coneflower
  • Milkweed
  • Sunflower
  • Wild ginger
  • Yarrow
  • Zinnia

Growers and Vendors

Local growers and vendors will be on-hand so you can ask questions about their wonderful plants and merchandise.

  • The Millet Seed: Vegetables and herbs grown in an urban garden.
  • Echollective CSA: Sign up for a CSA share while perusing their herbs and veggies.
  • Green Share LLC: Heirloom and organic vegetables, herbs and flowers.
  • Plant Chanter: Herbal care and wellness.
  • Willow Sprite: Willow garden art made with love.
  • Big Grove Basketry: Beautiful baskets.

Payment Methods

We accept cash, checks and all major credit cards.

Thank You

Special thanks to...

  • The many volunteers who cultivated plants, coordinated the event, and provided brilliant ideas.
  • The Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department for their on-going sponsorship and promotion.

Backyard Abundance is an educational nonprofit that helps people create environmentally-beneficial landscapes.

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