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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, 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; about a 50% discount compared to retail prices. In addition to the plant sale, MMSD offers FREE Rain Garden Design Workshops where you can learn about rain gardens, plant selection, and plant care.
To order, all you need to do is visit: 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.
Come to one of our rain garden workshops on Saturday, March 28th in the morning from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM or in the afternoon from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM at MMSD's Headquarters, 260 W. Seeboth St., Milwaukee. 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 event, but you must register.
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:
Are you a homeowner, organization or business looking for help on installing green infrastructure? Contact the Fresh Coast Resource Center to get started today.
Every downspout on your home can send 12 gallons of water a minute to the sewer system, which increases the risk of basement backups and sewer overflows. Disconnect and help keep excess water out of sanitary sewers.
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.