Looking for plant sale gift certificates?
You can purchase them on the Friends School of Minnesota website. Order by December 13 for Christmas delivery!

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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.

Friday, May 11: 9 am - 8 pm
Saturday, May 12: 10 am - 6 pm
Sunday, May 13: 10 am - 2 pm

 

 

 

 

“Doing” the Sale

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?

Minimize crowds
ARRIVE: Friday after 3 pm, Saturday after 3 pm, Sunday after noon. OR volunteer and shop Thursday evening.
Get the plants I want
ARRIVE: Friday by 7 am or earlier, Saturday by 9 am, Sunday by 9:30. OR volunteer and shop Thursday evening.
Get the best deal
On Sunday, all remaining plants are 1/3 off. We're open from 10 am to 2 pm.
Water Plants

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.
2017 New Plants
Viburnum carlesii Prairie Rose, buds in dark pink, opening to light pink
Photo courtesy of Classic Viburnums
Rosa Above and Beyond, warm gold to almost pale orange semidoubles
Photo by Friends School Plant Sale shopper Ann. Thanks, Ann!
Monachelle di Trevi beans, burgundy and white bicolors
Photo from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
Epimedium Yubae, red-purple flower like a crazy spider
Photo from Shikoku Gardens
Verbena Aztec Silver, light lavender clustered flowers, dark green leaves
Photo from Southbourne Gardens
Clematis Markham's Pink, double pink-lavender blooms
Photo from Donahue's Clematis
Saxifraga Rocco Red, small flowers in white, pink, and red, yellow eyes
Friends School Plant Sale photo by Nancy S.
Crassula Kebab Bush, blue-green succulent triangle leaves and pink flower buds
Friends School Plant Sale photo by Nancy S.
Euphorbia corollata, small white flowers
Friends School Plant Sale photo by Nancy S.
Hemerocallis Lavender Blue Baby, mauve to dark mauve with a green eye
Photo courtesy of Jan Jude
Weigela April Snow, tubular single white flowers in a cluster
Photo from Klehm's Songsparrow Nursery
Asclepias curassavica Apollo Orange, buds and flowers in red and orange
Photo from Chiltern Seeds UK
Trillium grandiflorum Plenum, double white blooms
Photo from Shikoku Gardens
Kajari melon, round orange with vertical stripes like a child's ball
Photo from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
Brad's Atomic Grape tomato, red, purple, yellow on multiple fruits
Photo from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
Paeonia Canary Brilliants, apricot very double flower
Photo from Klehm's Songsparrow Nursery
Tanacetum James Kelwya, dark red daisies with yellow centers
Photo from Cornell University
Prunus avium White Gold, yellow to red cherries
Photo from Stark Brothers
Delicate pale pink semi-double flower.
Photo courtesy of Donahue's Greenhouse
Petunia Classic Blue, blue-purple, single petal flowers
Photo by Mark Dwyer from Rotary Gardens
Hosta Brother Stefan, August, muted green and yellow-green leaves, white flowers
Photo by Petryszyn from the Hosta Library
Paeonia Chiffon Clouds, light baby pink cupped petals, gold center
Photo from Klehm's Songsparrow Nursery
Important News

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.

(Image: Bee on Mexican sunflower, Tithonia rotundifolia. Photo by Michelle Mero Riedel)