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

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



The order period for the Plant Dane Native Plant Program has ended. We will start accepting orders for 2021 in Feb. 2021. 


The Plant Dane Program provides Dane County residents access to native plants at the discounted price of   $2.25/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. Click on 2020 Plant Dane Native Species List and peruse the different species available. 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, click HERE  to place your order. 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 32 plants and cost $64. Plant kits will cover between 40-50 square feet.  All orders must be paid for at time of purchase using a credit card. 
  3. Pick up your plants at  5201 Fen Oak Drive, Madison, WI on Saturday, May 30th from 8AM to 1PM. Participants must pick up plants on this date, or have a relative, friend or neighbor pick up plants for them.

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

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. 

2020 Rain Garden Workshop - THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL. Please check back in February 2021 for information on the 2021 workshop.

The Madison Area Municipal Stormwater Partnership will be holding a Rain Garden Workshop on Saturday, Feb. 29th. Learn how installing a rain garden can help protect our lakes, rivers and streams and add beauty to your property! Register today at . Cost: $10

This workshop will focus on helping participants new to the world of rain garden design through the process of actually designing a rain garden plan for their property. It will include exercises, demonstrations and resources to guide participants through the process of site selection, sizing, site preparation, and plant selection. Information on installation and maintenance will also be provided. Experts will be available to answer questions.

CAPTURE rainwater for native plants and gardens by installing a rain barrel. Information on the 2019 City of Madison Rain Barrel and Compost Bin Sale COMING SOON!

Discounts available through the City of Madison Rain Barrel and Compost Bin Sale- Saturday, May 12th, 2018 10AM-2PM  Pre-order online at Order by May 1st and receive an additional $10 off. 

50 Gallon Rain Reserve Rain Barrel with Diverter- $119.99                                 100 Gallon Rain Reserve Rain Barrel with Diverter- $214.99

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elvehjem rain garden Now accepting applications for Free Native Plants for School and Community Programs- 2021 spring cycle. 

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 Feb. 1st, 2021 .