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The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) 2022 Rain Garden Plant Sale is closed. Check out the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources list for more rain garden plant sales.
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, 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.
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Rain gardens help reduce water pollution by collecting rain from roofs, driveways, or other hard surfaces and naturally absorb water into the ground.
Rain gardens are gardens that are watered by collected or pooled stormwater runoff, slowly infiltrating it into the ground along root pathways. They are typically planted with wildflowers and deep-rooted native plants, which helps infiltrate rain channeled to them from roofs, driveways, yards, and other impervious surfaces.
Rain Gardens can be placed near downspouts on homes (although away from building foundations and sewer laterals) and should be slightly depressed to hold and infiltrate stormwater runoff.
Rain gardens offer many benefits, including:
It's quick and easy to install a rain garden. Follow these 10 steps from Melinda Myers and build your own today.
Check out this video with gardening expert Melinda Myers to learn about the benefits of planting a rain garden and how rain gardens can help the environment.
When it comes to choosing plants for your rain garden, you can be overwhelmed by the options. Gardening expert, Melinda Myers, offers a few of her favorite rain garden plants to help you get started.
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.
Thank you for helping protect our waterways!