Rain Gardens


The MMSD 2019 Rain Garden Plant Sale is going on now! Get up to 50% off retail. Order online HERE. Plants must be ordered by March 29th, 2019 and will be available for pickup on June 8th at MMSD’s Headquarters. 

Come to one of our rain garden workshops, registration is required, on March 16 or March 23 from 9:00 AM to 10:45 AM at MMSD's Headquarters. The workshop will focus on how to design and build a rain garden, how to select plants, and how your rain garden can protect Lake Michigan. At the workshop, gardening experts will be on hand to discuss design tips and assist you with creating your rain garden.  To register and learn more about our FREE rain garden workshops


Invite butterflies and birds to your yard with a rain garden that helps protect rivers and lakes from water pollution. Shallow depressions in the soil that are planted with native flowers and grasses, rain gardens collect rain and melting snow, naturally absorbing them into the ground. Most people direct downspouts from rooftops into their rain gardens. However, you can also use them to absorb water from hillsides, driveways, and other impervious surfaces.


How to install a rain garden

Learn how to install a rain garden.

Planting a rain garden in St. Francis

Rain Garden at MillerCoors in Milwaukee

Water absorbing yards come in all shapes and sizes

Finishing up with some mulch


Planted in the tree lawn