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MMSD's 2023 Spring Rain Garden Plant Sale: SOLD OUT

02/08/23 10:00:am
MMSD rain garden plant sale

 The plant sale is NOW CLOSED! The limited plant inventory was sold before our closing date of 3/31. 

To be notified of our next Rain Garden Plant Sale, sign-up for our Fresh Coast Guardians newsletter. For more rain garden/native plant sales visit the DNR's website.

If you’ve been thinking about installing a rain garden or adding another, the annual Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) Spring Plant Sale is the place to start!

We’ve pre-selected dozens of hardy flowers, native plants, wildflowers, and grasses to take the guesswork out of what to buy for a beautiful rain garden. Rain gardens can help reduce the risk of ​​​​​sewer overflows and water pollution by naturally absorbing stormwater runoff from hard surfaces into the ground.

Plants are sold in bundles of four of a single variety. Garden “kits” include 16 plants of at least four different varieties that require similar growing conditions. Plants are up to 50% off retail prices. Once established, rain gardens require very little maintenance.

Plants are reserved as orders come in, so order online now before they’re gone! Plants will be available for pick-up at MMSD Headquarters on June 10.

In addition, to the plant sale, MMSD offers a FREE rain garden webinar with gardening expert Melinda Myers and workshops 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 $11.50 unless otherwise noted. A garden kit contains 16 plants, four bundles of 4 or more distinct species of plants with similar light and moisture needs.

  • For a full list of all the plants and their attributes like sun/moisture needs, open the "Quick List".
  • If you want to see the full list of the garden kits with attributes, open the "Quick Kit List".

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 our FREE virtual rain garden webinar or one of our in-person workshops. The webinar and workshops 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 webinar and workshops are FREE, but registration is required, and spots are limited.

  • In-person Workshop "How to Plan Your Rain Garden" with Melinda Myers, on Saturday, March 4, at 11 am at the Washington Park Library. Registration required.

  • In-person Workshop "How to Plan Your Rain Garden" with Melinda Myers, on Saturday, March 4, at 1:30 pm at the East Branch LibraryRegistration required.

  • Virtual Webinar "Planning, Planting and Care of Your Rain Garden" with Melinda Myers, on Tuesday, March 21, at 6:30 pmRegistration required.

  • In-person Rain Garden Workshop with garden experts, on Saturday, March 25, at 10 am at the Tippecanoe LibraryRegistration required.

Dates to Remember:

  • March 31st, 2023: 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 10th, 2023: Plant order pick-up is at MMSD - 260 W. Seeboth St., Milwaukee, WI 53204.

Past Virtual Rain Garden Webinars and Workshops

  • How to Plan Your Rain Garden with Gardening Expert Melinda Myers. Watch now.
  • How to Select Rain Garden Plants with Gardening Expert Melinda Myers. Watch now.
  • Rain Garden Design Workshop. Watch now. 
  • How to Plant a Rain Garden with Gardening Expert Melinda Myers. Watch now.
  • Managing Water on Your Property 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.

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