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MMSD's 2021 Spring Rain Garden Plant Sale & Workshops

03/05/21 08:00:am
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Rain gardens help reduce sewer overflows and water pollution by absorbing stormwater runoff from hard surfaces into the ground naturally. Since 2006, the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) and Agrecol Native Seed and Plant Nursery have offered a rain garden plant sale to customers within MMSD’s service area. Plants are provided at a reduced price; up to a 50% discount compared to retail prices. In addition, to the plant sale, MMSD is offering a FREE rain garden webinar with gardening expert, Melinda Myers, and design workshops where you can learn about rain gardens, plant selection, and plant care.

How Do I Order Rain Garden Plants?

To order, visit the online rain garden plant store.

Plants are sold in bundles of 4; each plant's container is 2.5" x 2.5" x 3.5 " (length x width x height/depth);  one bundle of 4 plants costs $10.00 unless otherwise noted.  

Who can order: Any private property owner, local non-profit group, or municipality can purchase plants. Plants cannot be purchased for resale. If you are unsure of your status or have other questions, please submit your request on the contact us form

Need Help Selecting Rain Garden Plants?

Come to one of our FREE virtual rain garden workshops on Saturday, March 13th from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM or Tuesday, March 23rd from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM. The workshop will focus on how to design and build a rain garden, how to select plants, and how your rain garden can help protect Lake Michigan. At the workshop, gardening experts will be on hand to discuss design tips and assist you with creating your rain garden.  This is a FREE workshop, but you must register and spots are limited.

Join gardening expert, Melinda Myers, for a FREE virtual webinar "How to Select Rain Garden Plants", on Wednesday, March 24th from 6:30 to 7:30 PM. Selecting the right plant for the growing conditions is always an important step when planning and planting a garden. It is even more critical when it comes to rain gardens. Melinda will cover a variety of rain garden plants from short to tall, for sun and a few for shade. She will also help you plan for color and interest throughout the year as well as select plants that attract pollinators and support songbirds. This is a FREE webinar, but you must register.

Dates to Remember:

  • March 13th, 2021: Virtual Rain Garden Workshop. Register here.
  • March 23rd, 2021: Virtual Rain Garden Workshop. Register here.
  • March 24th, 2021: Virtual Webinar "How to Select Rain Garden Plants" with Gardening Expert, Melinda Myers. 
  • April 8th, 2021: All plant sale orders must be submitted by the close of business. Submit your order here.
  • IMPORTANT UPDATE: DUE TO UNPRECEDENTED DEMAND, WE NEED TO HAVE 2 DIFFERENT PICK-UP DATES. Check your email for your plant pickup date and to select a time.
    • If you ordered your plants prior to March 26th (Order # 1249 - 1601),  your pick-up date will be June 12thSign up here for pick-up time.
    • If you order your plants on March 27th through April 8th (Order # 1602-1959) your pick-up will be June 26th. Sign up here for pick-up time. 
    • Plant order pickup is at MMSD - 260 W. Seeboth St., Milwaukee, WI 53204. Unfortunately, we will be unable to accommodate changes to your assigned pick-up date.

To receive future notifications on MMSD plant sales and workshops, sign up for our Fresh Coast News email list.


Why Plant a Rain Garden?

Rain gardens help reduce water pollution by collecting rain mainly from roofs, driveways, or other hard surfaces, and absorbing the water into the ground naturally. They are typically planted with wildflowers or native plants that have deep roots, which help to soak up more water. They can be placed near downspouts on homes (although away from building foundations and sewer laterals), and offer many benefits including: 

  • Beautifying your yard and neighborhood;
  • Helping protect our streams and Lake Michigan from pollution by reducing stormwater runoff;
  • Reducing the risk of flooding and drainage problems;
  • Providing habitat for pollinators and birds.

Ways You Can Protect Lake Michigan

Fresh Coast Guardians Resource Center

Fresh Coast Guardians

Are you a homeowner, organization, or business looking for help on installing green infrastructure? Contact the Fresh Coast Guardians Resource Center to get started today.

MMSD Water Drop Alert

Text: WATERDROP to 414-296-4422

Receive Water Drop Alert text messages when heavy rain threatens the area. When a Water Drop Alert has been issued a reminder is sent to use less water until the rain passes. 

What do you do when an alert is issued?

  • Hold off on washing dishes and laundry
  • Take a shorter shower 
  • Empty your rain barrel
Install a Milwaukee Rain Barrel

Install a Rain Barrel

Get FREE water by the barrel from your roof and use it when it’s dry outside to use in your landscape.  Rain barrels help keep excess water out of the sewer system and help reduce water pollution.