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2020 Spring Rain Garden Workshop and Plant Sale

02/18/20 09:15: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, 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.

How Do I Order?

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

Need Help Selecting Plants?

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.

Dates to Remember:

  • March 28th, 2020: FREE rain garden workshops - POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE 
  • April 13th, 2020: All orders must be submitted by the close of business.
  • June 13th, 2020: Plant order pickup, Make sure to mark the pickup date on your calendar; there is only one pickup date.

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.

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