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.



CHANGES TO PLANT DANE NATIVE PLANT PICK UP-                                                                                                                                                  Due to the unprecedented number of orders this year we have to separate orders between two pick up dates. 

Pick-Up Day  #1  Order Numbers (2722-3081)

Date: Saturday, May 22nd

Location: Dane County Land and Water Resources Dept. Office,5201 Fen Oak Dr., Madison, WI 53718

Assigned Timeslots:

Order #2722-2782- 8-8:30AM

Order #2783-2842- 8:30-9AM

Order #2843-2902- 9-9:30AM

Order #2903-2963- 9:30-10AM

Order #2964-3022- 10-10:30AM

Order #3023-3081- 10:30-11AM

Pick-Up Day #2 Order Numbers (3082-3390)

Date: Thursday, May 27th

Location: Lussier Family Heritage Center, 3101 Lake Farm Rd, Madison, WI 53711

Assigned Timeslots:

Order #3082-3133- 4-4:30PM

Order #3134-3193- 4:30-5PM

Order #3194-3244- 5-5:30PM

Order #3245-3295- 5:30-6PM

Order #3296-3346- 6-6:30PM

Order #3347-3390- 6:30-7PM

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 2021 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. Plant Pick up information and times above. Participants must pick up plants on this date and time 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. 

Important Program Links

2021 Plant Dane Native Plant Order Schedule

early-Feb. Program opens
March 21st Last day orders with payment will be accepted
May 22nd

Order #s 2722-3081- Plants delivered to Dane County Land and Water Resources Dept. Office, 5201 Fen Oak Drive, Madison, WI for pick up. See times above. 

May 27th Order #s 3082-3390- Plants delivered to Lussier Family Heritage Center, 3101 Lake Farm Rd, Madison, WI for pick up. See times above.
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. 

2021 Virtual Rain Garden Workshop Series - Registration now closed

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 . 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 three1.5 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. 

elvehjem rain gardenWe are now accepting applications for the summer/fall cycle of the Free Native Plants Program. 

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 summer/fall plants is July 20th, 2021 .