Rain Gardens

Holiday Rain Garden Plant Sale is Open!

Our Holiday Rain Garden Plant Sale is going on now! For the first time ever we have opened the plant sale early for the Holidays. Get up to 50% off retail prices. Order online at https://bit.ly/2SsjnkY

Plants must be ordered by April 6th, 2020 and will be available for pickup on June 13th, 2020 at MMSD’s Headquarters.

Rain Garden Plant Sale Details.

What is a Rain Garden?

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.

What are the benefits of Rain Gardens?

  • 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.

Curious about how you can create a more sustainable home in Wisconsin? Try a rain barrelinstall natural landscaping or plant stormwater trees.


For questions on how to get started with your porous pavement project, or how to implement any of our green strategies, contact us.