Rain Gardens


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.


The MMSD rain garden plant sale for the greater Milwaukee area opens in January and closes the end of March each year. We partner with a local greenhouse to order your rain garden plants online for up to 50% off retail. The rain garden plants you order will be available for pickup at MMSD HQ quarters in early June. Each plant sale season we also offer a rain garden workshop where experts can help you select plants and build your rain garden plans.  


How to Install a Rain Garden

It's quick and easy to install a rain garden, this video will show you how.

Benefits of Rain Gardens with Melinda Myers

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.

How to Select Plants for a Rain Garden with Melinda Myers

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.

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Planting a rain garden in St. Francis

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Rain Garden at MillerCoors in Milwaukee

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Water absorbing yards come in all shapes and sizes

Finishing up with some mulch


Planted in the tree lawn