Plant Dane logoNative Plantings and Rain Gardens have Ripple Effects on our Waters 

Convert some of your lawn into a native garden this spring. Not only are native plants beautiful, but they provide important ecosystem services such as habitat for pollinators and wildlife and improved water quality. Native garden act as sponges helping rainwater to soak into the ground preventing stormwater runoff from draining into our lakes, rivers and streams.


 The order period of for 2022 Plant Dane native plant orders and donations has ended. 2023 orders will be accepted in Feb. 2023.

The Plant Dane Program provides Dane County residents access to native plants at the discounted price of  $2.50/plant, about half the normal retail price. It's open to schools, non-profit organizations plant dane bike pick up(lake and neighborhood associations, youth groups, faith centers, clubs, etc.), municipalities and individual residents in Dane County, Wisconsin.

The order process is simple:

  1. Review the  2022 Plant Dane Native Species List and make notes of which you'd like (esp. their Latin name, as this is how they are listed on the order form).
  2. Once you know what species you want, place your order using the Plant Dane Order System. NOTE: Plants must be ordered in multiples of four (4, 8, 12, 16, etc...), so when you enter "1" on the order form, you will get four plants; eight plants when you enter "2" and so on. Pre-selected plant garden kits come in flats of 16 or 32 depending on the type of kit and cost $36 for 16 plant kits and $72 for 32 plant kits.  All orders must be paid for at time of purchase using a credit card. 
  3. Participants must pick up plants on their assigned pick up date- May 21st  (8-11AM) for first 15,000 plants ordered and May 25th  (4-7PM) for subsquent orders. May 21st Pick Up Location- Dane County Land and Water Resources Dept. Office, 5201 Fen Oak Drive, Madison, WI. May 25th Pick Up Location- Dane County Parks Building, 4212 Robertson Rd., Madison, WI . Please arrange to have a relative, friend or neighbor pick up plants if you aren't available.

Help spread the word using tools on our Plant Dane Partner Resources site. 

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2022 Plant Dane Native Plant Order Schedule

Feb. 1st- Native plant order period opens

March 22nd- Last day orders with payment will be accepted

May 21st (8-11AM)- Plant Pick Up Date for first 15,000 plants ordered.  Plant orders must be picked up at the Dane County Land and Water Resources Dept. Office, 5201 Fen Oak Drive, Madison, WI.

May 25th (4-7PM)- 2nd Plant Pick Up Date, if needed- If more than 15,000 plants are ordered, subsequent plant orders will be assigned the May 25th pick up date. Dane County Parks Building, 4212 Robertson Rd., Madison, WI.

Volunteer with the Dane County Land & Water Resources Department to grow native plants for schools and community groups that are interested in incorporating native plants but may not have the budget to purchase them. Dane County will provide seeds, seed trays, a how to guide, training, and will distribute the plants.

If you are interested in volunteering, sign up for our winter workshop on Sunday, December 12

Register for the Native Landscaping: A Solution to Pollution Webinar 

Dane County and the Madison Area Municipal Stormwater Partnership will be hosting a FREE Native Landscaping: A Solution to Pollution webinar on Mar. 8th from 6-7:30pm. Register at  

Interested in learning how to incorporate native plants into your landscape? This webinar will provide an introduction to the benefits of native plants and an overview of how to build three different native plant gardens including: a basic native garden, a downspout garden and a rain garden. Planting plans, instructions and other resources will be provided. Experts will be available to answer questions. 

Participants will have the option of ordering native plants at a discounted rate through the Plant Dane Native Plant Program. 

elvehjem rain gardenThe application period for the spring cycle of the Free Native Plants for School and Community Program has ended. Applications for the summer/fall cycle will be available in May 2022 . 

The Dane County Land and Water Resources Dept. has a limited supply of free native plants that are available for use in school or community projects within Dane County that benefit water quality and education. Plants for the fall cycle are grown by volunteers. Plants will be available for pick up in late summer. To find out more about the program please visit the program website. The program can also help provide seeds and supplies to teachers that would like to grow plants with their students. Deadline to apply for spring plants is February 1st, 2022 .