Rain Garden Plant Sale is Open!
Our annual Rain Garden Plant Sale is going on now! Get up to 50% off retail. Order online HERE!
Plants must be ordered by March 31st, 2019 and will be available for pickup on June 8th at MMSD’s Headquarters.
Rain Garden Workshops
Interested in learning about the basics of installing and caring for a rain garden? The Fresh Coast Resource Center and the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District are hosting Rain Garden Workshops on March 16th and 23rd, 2019. Each 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.
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March 16th workshop - WORKSHOP FULL
March 23rd workshop - WORKSHOP FULL
Green Solutions for Stormwater Pollution
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 deeprooted 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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Information and resources
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.