2022 Practical Backyard Tour
Before the Tour:
Print a brochure
To keep costs down, we ask that participants print a backyard tour brochure with event details, tour addresses, location map, brief site descriptions, and the list of prizes. (link the 2 sides of the brochure). Tour information can also be found on the Healthy Cedar Valley Coalition Facebook page.
Enter the Registration Drawing Although pre-registration is not required, participants can be entered into a special Facebook registration drawing. To be entered, log into Facebook before 4:00 PM on June 16th and click "Going" or "Interested" on the Healthy Cedar Valley Coalition's Facebook event: "A Practical Backyard Tour"
A special thank you to SingleSpeed Brewing for providing the gift certificate for this drawing. The drawing will take place at the Finale at SingleSpeed Brewing (325 Commercial St., Waterloo), at 1:30pm on 6-18. Winners do not need to be present to be included in the drawing.
Follow HCVC on Facebook For tour updates, Like or Follow the Healthy Cedar Valley Coalition on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/HealthyCedarValleyCoalition.
On the Day of the Event:Sign a waiver Start at any location you want. Check in with the site greeter at the welcome table. At your first stop, you will sign your participation waiver for the day. Visit other locations in any order that you choose. We suggest you pick your 3-4 favorite sites, as you will not be able to make it to all of the sites on the tour.
Get a ticket for the drawing At each site you visit on June 18, you'll receive a ticket for the prize drawing. Write your name AND phone number on your ticket. Put that ticket in the prize jars at that location. Repeat at each tour site you visit for more chances to win. The prize drawing will be held at 1:30 pm at SingleSpeed Brewing in Waterloo.
Fill out a survey Let the committee know about your experiences during the tour! Fill out and return your survey at your last tour location. Everyone that turns in a completed survey will be entered into a survey drawing for a SingleSpeed Brewing gift certificate during the Finale. (Need not be present to win).
Visit any of these tour locations, in any order:Waterloo-
English Tudor Oasis
1036 Kern St. Waterloo
This backyard has water features that attract all types of wildlife at their very own time of the day or night. Explore the yard more to find bee balm and hostas for pollinators, annuals placed about for pops of color, and heirloom gardens with various plants passed down for generations.
Kentucky Blue What?!
925 Reber Ave., Waterloo
Who needs a boring turf grass lawn when there are so many alternatives out there? Come out to see how this homeowner is diversifying their lawn, reducing their maintenance, helping improve water quality, and providing habitat for our local pollinators. This site features a rain garden, native prairie landscaping, edible landscaping, and short growing ground cover alternatives to the traditional Kentucky Blue Grass.
A Tale of Two Prairies
2413 W Ridgeway Ave, Waterloo
Nestled in the Leonard Katoski Greenbelt about a 5 minute walk north of the W Ridgeway shelter is an open prairie right along the trail. The west half of this location was planted more than 30 years ago as a grass prairie. The east half was planted in 2015 by the Tall Grass Prairie Center as a high diversity pollinator habitat featuring 55 different species of grasses, forbs and legumes. Join us for a look at these varied approaches to prairie restoration design.
Veggies, Bees, and Trees
1306 Forest Ave, Waterloo
This homeowner wanted to start a garden but was concerned about dealing with critters. Their yard now holds a vegetable garden installed last year by the A Garden in Every Lot program, complete with chicken wire fence to keep out squirrels and rabbits. They also have a flower garden for bees and butterflies and three newly installed trees. See how your garden can flourish as a beginner.
Buying into Conservation: A Local Businesses Story
Slumberland Furniture - 6607 University Ave., Cedar Falls
It's not every day that a redevelopment integrates conservation as a cornerstone to its design. Check out how one local business exemplified stewardship and sustainability by integrating a large bioretention cell, two bioswales, and three permeable paver systems in their parking lot area to manage stormwater runoff from their entire property. This is large scale conservation done right!
Gargantuan Garden & Good Neighbor Glade!
2022 Grand Blvd, Cedar Falls
In addition to being pesticide-free, at this home you will find clotheslines, backyard compost, a variety of perennial fruit trees and bushes, and an extensive vegetable and cutting garden, all focused on kid-friendly design and interaction! You can chat with staff from UNI CEEE's Good Neighbor Iowa program here, pledge to be pesticide-free, and get your own free yard sign!
Good Neighbor Iowa aims to reduce unnecessary urban pesticide use and to transform lawn culture to encourage appreciation of diverse lawns as a way to protect child health, water quality, pets, pollinators, and biodiversity. See how this Good Neighbor maintains a gorgeous yard without herbicides or insecticides, and how you can go pesticide-free, too!
While at this location be sure to stop and chat with the seed librarian from the Cedar Falls Seed Library. Hear about all the great things the Cedar Falls Public Library has to offer & see the new CFPL Book-Bike-Mobile.
Setting the Table for the Monarch
2412 W. 27th St., Cedar Falls
For the past 23 years the Tallgrass Prairie Center has worked to empower people to value and restore resilient, diverse tallgrass prairie. The Center's primary focus is to assist county roadside managers, native seed companies, and farmers wishing to plant prairie for conservation purposes. When done correctly, a backyard prairie can enhance your yard's natural beauty and attract a variety of native pollinators and birds. Whether your lawn is wet, dry, or somewhere in between, there are prairie species that can fit your yard's needs. Additionally, these species are perennial, drought tolerant, and can grow well without pesticides. Visit our site to see our beautiful prairie in action and learn how you can set the table for monarchs.
Saturday June 18th - Prize Drawing at SingleSpeed Finale, 1:30pm: Join the HCVC Backyard Tour Committee at the Waterloo SingleSpeed as door prize winners are announced. Winners do not need to be present to win, your name & a legible phone number on your ticket should do the trick!
- $50 gift certificate from Wapsie Pines Lawn Care and Landscaping (2)
- A 55-gallon repurposed, painted rain barrel with convertor kit (donated by Green Iowa AmeriCorps & Dry Run Creek Watershed Improvement Project
- Rain garden plant package (2) (donated by the City of Waterloo Engineering Department)
- Handcrafted bee hotel (donated by Green Iowa AmeriCorps)
- Good Neighbor Iowa swag basket
Special thanks to the City of Cedar Falls for generously printing the brochures and posters for this event!