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The MMSD spring rain garden plant sale is open until April 13th, 2020. We partner with a local greenhouse to order your rain garden plants online for up to 50% off retail.
To order, visit our online 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. The rain garden kits take the guesswork out of gardening. Each kit contains 32 plants, provides coverage for 40 to 50 square feet and costs $71.00.
Any private property owner, local non-profit group, or municipality within the MMSD service area can purchase plants. Plants cannot be purchased for resale. If you are unsure of your status or have other questions, please call us at (414) 225·2222 or submit your question on our contact us form.
FREE Rain Garden Design Workshops Saturday, March 28th, 2020. Learn about rain gardens, plant selection, and plant care. Garden experts will be on hand to discuss design tips and assist you with creating your rain garden.
To receive future notifications on MMSD plant sales and workshops, sign up for our Fresh Coast News email list.
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.
It's quick and easy to install a rain garden, this video will show you how.
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.