Rain Gardens

Rain Garden Plant MMSD and Fresh Coast Guardians Summer 2019

Rain Garden Plant Sale is Open!!!

So nice we're doing it twice! You have another chance to help protect Lake Michigan with our, first-ever, summer Rain Garden Plant Sale. The sale ends on August 25th, 2019. Plants will be available for pick-up on September 14th, 2019 at MMSD’s Headquarters. Order here today!

Unsure of what to order?:

Come to one of our rain garden workshops on Saturday, August 17th  in the morning from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM or in the afternoon from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM at MMSD's Headquarters, 260 W. Seeboth St., Milwaukee.  The workshop will focus on how to design and build a rain garden, how to select plants, and how your rain garden can help protect Lake Michigan. At the workshop, gardening experts will be on hand to discuss design tips and assist you with creating your rain garden.  This is a FREE event, but you must register.

Sign up here:

August 17th - Morning Session Link

August 17th - Afternoon Session Link

Still, have questions? Visit our Rain Garden Plant Sale page for more details.

Improve Your Yard and Protect Lake Michigan with Rain Gardens

Rain gardens help reduce water pollution by collecting rain mainly from roofs, driveways, or other hard surfaces, and absorbing the water into the ground naturally. They are typically planted with wildflowers or native plants that have deep roots, which help to soak up more water. They can be placed near downspouts on homes (although away from building foundations and sewer laterals), and offer many benefits including:

  • Beautifying your yard and neighborhood;
  • Helping protect our streams and Lake Michigan from pollution by reducing stormwater runoff;
  • Reducing the risk of flooding and drainage problems;
  • Providing habitat for pollinators and birds.
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Rain Garden Resources

Information and resources

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

Gardening expert, Melinda Myers, explains the benefits of rain gardens

Selecting Plants for Rain Gardens

Melinda Myers offers a few of her favorite rain garden plants to help you get started.