GARDEN GURU 2020: GARDENING FOR HOPE AND HEALING
Garden Guru was launched last year. Gardening experts attended Iowa City gardens at regular times throughout the growing season.
Gardening topics this year are designed to help communities cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. Hope and wellness can be found by going outside and getting your feet and fingers in the soil. This is one activity that is still allowed and it may be exactly what is needed for long-term well-being.
SOCIAL-DISTANCED GARDEN EDUCATION:
Until public gatherings are safe, events will be presented in a virtual format, including live streaming on the Backyard Abundance Facebook page.
From May through October, learn about Iowa City’s newest edible forest. Explore topics such as...
• Caring for newly planted fruit trees and berry bushes.
• Increase yields in vegetable and herb gardens
• Ground covers.
• Medicinal benefits of herbs.
• Pollinator habitat.
• Mitigating the impact of climate change through gardening
Follow our page and watch for events so you can participate and ask questions of the gurus.
Visit Creekside Park Edible Forest after each event to see what was done, pick-up free publications, tend the garden and harvest food. Please follow social distancing and hygiene guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
2020 CREEKSIDE PARK SCHEDULE
May 13 -- Planting Edibles, Groundcover, and a Living Mulch
May 27 -- Inter-planting Veggies
June 10 -- Herbal Friends and Flowers Planting
June 24 -- Build a Sundial
July 8 -- Delicious Ways to Use Leafy Harvests
July 22 -- Wild Plant ID and Maintenance
Aug 12 -- Pollinator Honoring
Aug 26 -- Maintain
Sept 23 -- Tree/Shrub Protection for Winter
Oct 28 -- Leaf Blanketing and Yoga Nidra for the Garden
MORE OPPORTUNITIES FOR SAFE GARDEN LEARNING:
Virtual programming will also include Garden Guru at the Edible Classroom and Garden Guru at Wetherby Park Edible Forest
Learn more at www.BackyardAbundance.org. We wish you an abundance of wellness!
This program would not be possible without our amazing sponsors:
Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department
Green Iowa AmeriCorps - Energy & Community
GreenState Credit Union
Earl May Nursery & Garden Center
New Pioneer Co-op