2021 Summer Rain Garden Plant Sale

Our 2021 Summer Plant Sale is now closed! 


Plant Sale Details:

The MMSD Rain Garden Plant Sale provides Milwaukee area residents access to native plants at a reduced price;  up to a 50% discount compared to retail prices. It is a pre-order sale, which is "open" for ordering plants for a few weeks/months, then the greenhouse grows them and delivers them to our downtown Headquarters for pickup by you on the designated pick-up date. 

Plant info:

Plants are sold in bundles of 4; each plant's container is 2.5" x 2.5" x 3.5 " (length x width x height/depth);  one bundle of 4 plants costs $10.00, $2.50 per plant unless otherwise noted. A garden kit contains 16 plants; 4 bundles of 4 different species of plants that are pre-selected by the greenhouse for certain light and soil moisture conditions. 

Example of a bundle of 4 plants (plants vary in height depending on species):

rain garden plants

Example of a pocket garden kit with 16 plants. Each species is labeled in the front with the same species in the same row behind it.

rain garden plant kit


Growth and Blooms:

If you haven't purchased native plants before there are key differences you should understand. Unlike more traditional, cultivated plants, native plants spend their first growing season sending down roots and preparing for the ever-changing Wisconsin weather. You will not see extensive growth above ground or much blooming. In their second growing season, native plants really take off with both leaf growth and an increase in blooms. 


Native plants just after planting:

Native plants after one year:


Who can order:

Any private property owner, local non-profit group, or municipality can purchase plants. Plants cannot be purchased for resale. If you are unsure of your status or have other questions, please contact us using the contact us form

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Want to learn more?:

Watch one of our recorded rain garden workshops (see below) or use the contact us form to submit a question regarding your plant questions.

Recent workshop recordings:

  • February 25. Virtual Rain Garden Webinar with Gardening Expert, Melinda Myers. Watch the recording here.
  • March 13:  Virtual rain garden workshop.  Watch the recording here.
  • March 24: Virtual Webinar "How to Select Rain Garden Plants" with Gardening Expert, Melinda Myers. Watch the recording here.


Benefits of Rain Gardens

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

Selecting Plants for Rain Gardens

Melinda Myers offers a few favorite rain garden plants.