Johnson County Soil and Water Conservation District

Edible Forest Walkabout Scheduled September 13 at Wetherby Park

  • September 13, 2014
  • 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Wetherby Park, 2400 Taylor Drive, Iowa City, IA

Backyard Abundance will host an "Edible Forest Walkabout" at Wetherby Park, 2400 Taylor Drive in Iowa City, on Saturday, September 13 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. The event, which is being held in partnership with the Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department, is open to the public at no charge.

Attendees will get a first-hand look at fruit trees, berry bushes, and edible herbs that have been planted to mimic the natural plant-design patterns of healthy woodlands. This nature-inspired layout helps create lower-maintenance, edible landscapes that benefit the environment by managing rainwater and providing habitat for desired insects and birds. Free handouts of the Wetherby Park Edible Forest design and plant list will be provided.

During the tour, walking onions will be planted to help discourage pests, and all visitors will be able to take home free onion bulbs for their garden. In addition, free herbs including lovage, oregano, chives, dandelion, plantain, French sorrel, yarrow, and comfrey may be harvested during the tour. Afterward, attendees can volunteer to help move mulch to bare patches and weedy areas.

Participants are asked to bring large sheets of cardboard for covering weeds; wheel barrows, pitchforks, shovels, steel rakes, and gloves, if available; and buckets or bags for harvested herbs. People may also want to bring a clipboard or other writing surface for note-taking during the tour.

For more information, contact Fred Meyer, Backyard Abundance Director, at 319-325-6810 or, or visit


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