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MMSD's 2022 Spring Rain Garden Plant Sale: Limited Supplies

MMSD Spring Rain Garden Plant Sale
02/11/22 03:30:pm

The Plant Sale is NOW CLOSED!

The limited plant inventory was sold before our closing date of 4/12.

For more rain garden plant sales:

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Rain gardens can help reduce the risk of ​​​​​sewer overflows and water pollution by naturally absorbing stormwater runoff from hard surfaces into the ground. 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 offers FREE rain garden webinars with gardening expert Melinda Myers and a design workshop where you can learn about rain gardens, plant selection, and plant care.

How Do I Order Rain Garden Plants? Order Here

To order, visit the online rain garden plant store. Plant supplies are limited for this plant sale. Once plants SELL OUT, the SALE WILL CLOSE! 

Plants are sold in bundles of four; each plant's container is 2.5" x 2.5" x 3.5 " (length x width x height/depth); one bundle of four 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 webinars listed below. The webinars will focus on designing and building a rain garden, selecting 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.  The webinars are FREE, but registration is required, and spots are limited.

Dates to Remember:

  • April 12th, 2022: All plant sale orders must be submitted by the close of business. Plant supplies are limited for this plant sale. Once plants SELL OUT, the SALE WILL CLOSE!  Submit your order here.
  • June 11th, 2022: Plant order pickup is at MMSD - 260 W. Seeboth St., Milwaukee, WI 53204, 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sign-up for your pick-up timeslot

Virtual Rain Garden Webinars and Workshops

  • March 1st, 2022 @6 pm: Resilient Home: Inside and Out. Help protect your home, yard, and Lake Michigan! Watch now.
  • March 9th, 2022 @ 6:30 pm: How to Plan Your Rain Garden with Gardening Expert, Melinda Myers. Watch now.
  • March 15th, 2022 @ 6:30 pm: How to Select Rain Garden Plants with Gardening Expert Melinda Myers. Watch now.
  • March 24th, 2022 @ 6 pm: Rain Garden Design Workshop. Watch now. 
  • April 5th, 2022 @ 6:30 pm:  Managing Water on Your Property with Gardening Expert Melinda Myers. Watch now.
  • May 12th, 2022 @ 6:30 pm: How to Plant a Rain Garden with Gardening Expert Melinda Myers. Watch now.

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

Why Plant a Rain Garden?

Rain gardens help reduce water pollution by collecting rain from roofs, driveways, or other hard surfaces and naturally absorb water into the ground. They are typically planted with wildflowers or native plants with 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: 

  • Helping protect our streams and Lake Michigan from pollution by reducing stormwater runoff.
  • Reducing the risk of flooding and drainage problems.
  • Beautifying your yard and neighborhood.
  • 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 for Española texto GOTADEAGUA a 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.

What do you do when an alert is issued?

  • Hold off on washing dishes and laundry
  • Take a shorter shower 
  • Empty your rain barrel
disconnect your downspout in milwaukee

Downspout Disconnection

During heavy rain, every downspout on your home can send 12 gallons of water a minute to the sewer system, which increases the risk of sewer water backing up into your basement and overflowing into our rivers and lake Michigan. Disconnect your downspout and help keep excess water out of sanitary sewers and into your yard or a rain garden.