Backyard Abundance has switched gears for its Friday, Oct. 23 volunteer event. Instead of working in the Wetherby Park gardens, volunteers will be asked to help create a new community orchard and natural playscape at Creekside Park, 1858 7th Avenue Court. The event, hosted by Backyard Abundance and the City of Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department, will be held from 8 to 11:30 a.m.

Participants will learn to prepare new garden beds for springtime planting. The new grove of fruit trees, berry bushes, herbs and ground covers will be planted next spring to yield free food, provide habitat, build soil, and help pollinators. The garden design and plant list are available on the Backyard Abundance website: Funding for the project was provided through the City of Iowa City's Program for Improving Neighborhoods, also known as the PIN grant program.

Volunteers are asked to wear gardening attire such as jeans, boots and gloves, and to bring steel rakes, shovels, pitchforks and wheelbarrows if possible. Refreshments will be provided during the event.

Numerous community partners have donated time and materials for this project, including Fiddlehead Gardens, Native Landscaping, New Pioneer Co-op, Students Today Leaders Forever, and Total Tree Care.

Backyard Abundance is an Iowa City-based nonprofit that helps create community  landscapes that provide healthy food and habitat. For more information, visit or call 319-325-6810.

Date of publication

Thursday, October 22, 2015