Friends School Plant Sale — with more than 2,500 plant varieties — may be the largest plant sale in the U.S. It’s a fund-raising event sponsored by the Friends School of Minnesota, a small Quaker K – 8 school in the Hamline-Midway area in Saint Paul.
Shopping at the Friends School Plant Sale, in the Minnesota State Fair grandstand, is the great get-together for gardeners. The experience and amount of waiting changes through the day.
What’s most important to you when you shop?
In 2017 we had big changes in the water plant department.
The Minnesota Water Garden Society (MWGS) was outside, next to the Garden Fair, selling a wide variety of water and bog plants (also good for rain gardens), both hardy and tropical, as well as goldfish, shubunkin, and koi.
Shoppers were able to consult with experts on their needs and desires before buying. See their full list of plants here.
Photo of the Attraction waterlily (Nymphae) by Eeno11 from the Wikimedia Commons.
No to neonic pesticides
The plant sale's planners have worked hard to make sure our plants have not been treated with neonicotinoids, common pesticides that are now suspected of killing bees and other pollinators.
- Read our full statement on this important issue.
- See our 2016 update on our neonic policy.
- Check out this statement about how our edible plants are grown.