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Rain Gardens

MMSD Greater Milwaukee spring RAIN GARDEN PLANT SALE

Rain gardens help reduce sewer overflows and water pollution by absorbing stormwater runoff from hard surfaces into the ground naturally. 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. The spring rain garden plant sale closed on April 8th, 2021.

Plant Sale Pickup:

  • IMPORTANT UPDATE: DUE TO UNPRECEDENTED DEMAND, WE NEED TO HAVE 2 DIFFERENT PICK-UP DATES. Check your email for your plant pickup date and to select a time.
    • ​​​​​​​If you ordered your plants prior to March 26th (Order # 1249 - 1601),  your pick-up date will be June 12thSign up here for pick-up time.
    • If you order your plants on March 27th through April 8th (Order # 1602-1959) your pick-up will be June 26th. Sign up here for pick-up time. 
    • Plant order pickup is at MMSD - 260 W. Seeboth St., Milwaukee, WI 53204. Unfortunately, we will be unable to accommodate changes to your assigned pick-up date.

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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 vegetation, which helps infiltrate rain channeled to them from roofs, driveways, yards and other impervious surfaces. They can be placed near downspouts on homes (although away from building foundations and sewer laterals), and are an excellent means of removing pollutants from stormwater runoff. They should be slightly depressed to adequately hold and infiltrate stormwater runoff.


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