Native Plants Available at Greatly Reduced Prices

Everyone seems to be putting in rain gardens these days. And now, the Plant Dane! Cost-Share Program provides native plants to fill those rain gardens for less than half of retail prices.

Rain gardens are an attractive way to reduce lawn maintenance time and costs, beautify your yard and help your lakes, rivers and streams all at the same time. Go to www.myfairlakes.com for an online application. A free rain garden workshop will be offered on March 6 to participants. Orders may be placed through May 15th, 2010. Plants will be delivered on June 26th.

Now in its 6th year, the Plant Dane! cost-share program provides homeowners, schools and nonprofit organizations with native plants, seeds and information to establish rain gardens and restore prairies through a gift from the Graham-Martin Foundation. The Plant Dane! Program has provided tens of thousands of plants, resulting in hundreds acres being planted with native species throughout Dane County. Plan your rain garden today!
From a press release by Marcia Hartwig, January 12, 2010.  Contact: Marcia, MAMSWaP Storm Water Education Coordinator, 608-224-3746, hartwig@co.dane.wi.us

I'm tickled pink with my native plant garden.  No mowing, no raking!!

It's located in the shade between two houses, where I couldn't grow any grass.  The plants are all "volunteers" or extras donated by neighbors.  The only expense was soaker hoses, to ensure plants do well in dry years.  You can feed the soaker hoses from rain barrels.

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