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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 order process is simple:
|March 22nd||Last day orders with payment will be accepted|
|May 29th||Plants are delivered to 5201 Fen Oak Drive, Madison, WI, for pick-up 8-11AM|
# of Plants Requested
|1000 Friends of Wisconsin with Leopold Elementary-Madison||The 1000 Friends of Wisconsin would like to work with Leopold Elementary to natives near their school vegetable garden to attract pollinators. The space will be used as an educational tool for classes and the Environmental After School Club.||50- Request Filled|
|Aldo Leopold Nature Center-Monona||ALNC would like to create a native rain garden near the new outdoor learning labs to assist with stormwater management. This space will also be incorporated into education programming at the center.||30- Request Filled|
|Blair Street Gardens Committee- Madison||The Blair Street Gardens Committee would like to revive some public gardens they maintain including the Gateway Garden near Machinerty Row Bikes on Williamson St and the perennial beds at Wilson Green located on the 400 block of E. Wilson St.||36- Request Filled|
|City of Monona Parks and Recreation Afterschool||The Monona Afterschool Program would like to create a bird and butterfly garden that will serve as a learning tool for the community and child care programming.||300|
|Elm Lawn Elementary- Middleton||Elm Lawn Elementary would like to create a pollinator-friendly native planting for the purposes of increased cross-pollination of annual vegetable crops and student education.||75-Request Filled|
|Emerson Elementary School-Madison||Emerson Elementary School would like to expand their existing pollinator garden this spring. The garden provides a teaching and learning experience for the students.||15- Request Filled|
|Friends of Edna Taylor Conservation Park- Madison||Friends of Edna Taylor would like to establish more natives in areas of the park where invasives have recently been removed. This area adjacent to the Warbler Alley path is where school groups enter on their educational walks in the park.||50-Request Filled|
|Friends of Pheasant Branch Conservancy-Middleton||The Friends of Pheasant Branch Conservancy would like to continue to establish a native prairie Propagation Garden. The goal of the garden is to produce native seed that will be used in restoration efforts at Pheasant Branch Conservancy. The Propogation Garden is used by numerous groups for education and plant identification purposes.||500|
|Friends of Stewart Park- Mount Horeb||Friends of Stewart Park are working with Dane County LWRD to plant rain garden plants in a new infiltration basin that will soon be located south of the shelter. The Friends will be partnering with the Mount Horeb High School Ecology Club and Girl Scout Troop 2449 on this project.||420- Request Filled|
|Isthmus Montessori Academy- Madison||Isthmus Montessori Academy would like to expand their pollinator and native plant flower gardens. The gardens are used to teach about plant growth cycles and needs and restorative gardening techniques.||16|
|Kegonsa Sanitary District-Stoughton||The Kegonsa Sanitary District is looking to plant natives in a ditch previously overrun by invasives to help slow runoff and encourage infiltration before the runoff reaches the lake.||500|
|Mendota Mental Health Institute/Central WI Center- Madison||The Central WI Center is working on revitalizing their prairie to educate residents on the native plants, wildlife, birds, insects and butterflies. Many of our residents look forward to the the weekly visits to the prairie in the summer and fall.||500|
|Neighborhood House Community Center-Madison||The Neighborhood House Community Center is working on revitalizing their garden and greenspace and have planned for a new pollinator garden to be located near the building's front entrance. The garden will be incorporated into the youth programming and maintained by the summer camp youth.||50|
|Neighbors of the Dixon St. Greenway-Madison||The Dixon Street Greenway Neighbors started a pollinator garden last year in a highly visible area along the bike path. They would like to add more natives this year to fill out the planting.||100-Request Filled|
|Pumpkin Patch Preschool-Stoughton||Pumpkin Patch Preschool is the in process of building a new site and would like to continue the gardening efforts that were started in at their current facility. They would like to create a pollinator garden to encourage butterflies, and pollinators to visit our school and gardens and teach children of the value natural landscapes have to food production and wildlife habitats through their school year and summer nature camp programs.||75|
Shabazz High School- Madison
|Shabazz High School would like to expand an existing rain garden and add more biodiversity to the previously planted gardens.||100|
|St. John's Luthern Church- Madison||St. John's Lutheran Arts and Community Ministry would like to add plants to their woodland restoration courtyard area adjacent to the church buiding. The vision of this site is to create a tranquil retreat for all visitors including people served by the Off the Square Club, which is a group that helps people dealing with mental health challenges and operates ot of St. John's church. Church members including youth will be involved in planning the project and planting the plants.||50|
|Stephens Elementary- Madison||The Stephens School Garden Team would like to add to their existing pollinator garden. Stephens students will work with volunteers to design and plant the garden. Since starting the garden classes have increased their use of the space and the school is showing it off to the greater Stephens community during events such as Back to School night.||40- Request Filled|
|Thoreau Elementary School-Madison||Thoreau Elementary School would like to add plants to their existing rain garden that was first installed by the Friends of Lake Wingra.||60- Request Filled|
|University Houses Preschool-Madison||
University Houses Preschool would like to create a native plant garden to collect rain water and provide habitat for pollinators. They will use the garden as part of their curriculum on insects and pollinators.
|Village of Windsor-Token Creek Conservancy||The Village of Windsor would like to establish a native garden near Token Creek. The Token Creek Conservancy is home to the headwater springs of Token Creek.||300|
|Wingra School- Madison||Wingra School would like to create a pollinator garden to serve as an educational space for students to learn about native plants and the impact of pollinators on the health of our ecosystem.||200- Request Filled|
Dane County and the Madison Area Municipal Stormwater Partnership will be hosting a virtual Rain Garden Workshop Series on Feb. 16th, Mar. 2nd and Mar. 16th. Learn how installing a rain garden can help protect our lakes, rivers and streams and add beauty to your property! Register today at https://ripple-effects.com/Event/Home/Detail/889 . Cost: $10 total for all three classes
This workshop series guides participants new to the world of rain gardens through a step by step process to design a rain garden plan that is specific to their property. The series is broken up into three classes 1.5 hour classes and will cover information on site selection, sizing, site preparation, plant selection, installation and maintenance. Experts will be available to help participants through the process and answer questions. Participants will also have access to a private group web site to share ideas, plans and get feedback between classes.
Each class in this series builds upon info presented in the previous class, therefore participants area highly encouraged to attend all three classes, although it is not required. The total cost for all three classes is $10.
Participants will have the option of ordering native plants at a discounted rate through the Plant Dane Native Plant Program.