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 12: 9 am - 8 pm
Saturday, May 13: 10 am - 6 pm
Sunday, May 14: 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.

Find out more: Map and floorplan | What's new | Getting in (wristbands) | Checking out

Also find out about: Shopping tips | Garden Fair | Saturday workshops

Looking for the list of crop failures? Here it is.

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)
2016 New Plants
Trumpet lily bred by Dr. Griesbach, clear orange petals with a burnt orange throat
Photo from Arrowhead Alpines
Carolina Reaper hot peppers, bright red, wrinkly, and dangerous-looking
Photo by Dale Thurber from the Wikimedia Commons
Pink Zazzle Gomphrena, hot pink flower, hairy leaves
Photo from Green Earth Growers
Diva's Choice daylily, pink recurved with yellow frilly edges
Photo from GardenWorld
Turkish eggplant, red and round with darker stripes
Photo from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
Paeonia mascula, pink single with large petals, gold center
Photo by Ting Chen from the Wikimedia Commons
Glass Gem corn, kernels in gold, pink, orange, brown
Photo from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
Imperial Magic japanese iris, purple and white striated
Photo from GardenWorld
Judith Hindle pitcher plant, white and red netted pitchers
Photo courtesy of Fly Trap King
Peony Sunshine Festival, white outer petals, yellow bomb center
Photo from Klehm's Songsparrow Nursery
Blue Angel clematis, light lavender, four petals, slightly darker in petal centers
Photo from Donahue's Clematis
Jarradale pumpkin, greenish gray, very rounded ridges, flattened
Photo from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
Lilium Double Pink Blossom, dark red-pink, double
Photo from GardenWorld
Hemerocallis Primal Scream, bright orange, gold throat
Friends School Plant Sale photo by Jenn L.
Helleborus Cherry Blossom, white and light pink with darker pink
Photo by Skagit Gardens, from Rush Creek Growers
Solar Flare tomato, red and yellow stripe
Photo from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
Salvia Dyson's Joy, two-tone pink flowers with petticoats
Photo by Jaldety, from Rush Creek Growers
Photo by cygnus921 from the Wikimedia Commons
Hydrangea paniculata Fire Light, magenta flowers
Friends School Plant Sale photo by Pat T.
Bright pink snowberries, Symphoricarpos Proud Berry
Photo from Spring Meadow Nursery
BYO Wagon

We encourage everyone to bring a wagon to the sale. We supply some grocery carts, but there are lots more shoppers than carts! Even a little red wagon will make shopping easier.

Do you wish you could bring one, but don't have enough room in your car? Check out these folding wagons, available locally at Ace Hardware, Dick's, Sears, Costco, or Northern Tool. They're also available from Amazon and ebay.

Here's a blog post about the art of the cart. And some photos of wagons that past shoppers have brought to the sale.