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

The Plant Dane Program encourages Dane County residents and groups to plant native gardens and rain gardens or install rain barrels to help reduce stormwater runoff to our lakes, rivers and streams. Join the fun and make a difference! 


 The Plant Dane order system will be availble in late January 2018. Please check back.

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 (lake and neighborhood associations, youth groups, faith centers, clubs, etc.), municipalities and individual residents in Dane County, Wisconsin.

The process is simple:

  1. Click on 2018 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, complete visit---------. Remember that 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 19th, 2018 from 8:00AM to 11AM. Participants must pick up plants on this date, or have a relative, friend or neighbor pick up plants for them.

More information will be available on the 2018 plant donations in late January.

Dane County Land and Water Resources Dept. is accepting donations to provide native plants for community and school projects throughout Dane County. You can be made through the Plant Dane order system. Donations must be made in groups of 4-plants.  
Volunteer with the Dane County Land and Water Resources Department to grow native plants for use in 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, a 2 hour training, and will distribute your plants to community partners that need plants.
RAIN GARDEN WORKSHOP- Saturday, March 3rd, 2018Elvehem Rain Garden complete

The Madison Area Municipal Stormwater Partnership will be holding a Rain Garden Workshop on Saturday, March 3rd. 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 hands-on stations 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.

Information on the 2018 City of Madison Rain Barrel and Compost Bin Sale will be available in February 2018. 

elvehjem rain gardenThe 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 spring cycle are donated though the Plant Dane Native Plant program by program participants and will be available in late May/early June 2018. 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, 2018.