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.


Looking for plant sale gift certificates? You can purchase them on the Friends School of Minnesota website

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

We are once again partnering with the Minnesota Water Garden Society.

They will be selling a wide range of water plants (plus bog plants and fish) outside, between the curbside plant pickup area and the sale exit. Come talk to their knowledgeable volunteers about all things beautiful, damp, and growing

See their full list of plants here.

Photo of the native waterlily (Nelumbo luteo) by liz west from the Wikimedia Commons.
2018 New Plants
Dahlia Irish Pinwheel, double with orange curved petals in a pinwheel shape
Photo courtesy of Steve & Sandy Boley, breeders of the plant
Ipomoea Murakamo, blue-purple and white striped flowers
Photo from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
Archer strawberry, very large red fruit
Photo by Bob Way, Cornell University.
Hosta Prairie's Edge, yellow green corrugated leaves, darker green on the edges
Photo from Walters Gardens
Staphylea trifle flowers, white bells in clusters
Photo by Nonenmacher from the Wikimedia Commons.
Blue lace flower, lavender pincushions
Photo from Sunshine Flower Seeds
Paeonia Waltz, strong pink flat-faced, small gold center
Photo from Klehm's Songsparrow Nursery
Viburnum carlesii Prairie Rose, buds in dark pink, opening to light pink
Photo courtesy of Classic Viburnums
Dark Galaxy tomato, dark red-purple with tan vertical marks
Photo from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
Rosa Olds College, orange double flower
Photo from Olds College
Osteospermum Spider Purple, purple spoon-shaped petals
Photo courtesy of Calif_Sue from
Hosta June Spirit, yellow green leaves with narrow dark green edges, elongated leaves
Photo from Walter's Gardens
Cosimo Dancing Dolls cosmos, dark pink to white daisies with jagged-end petals
Photo from Select Seeds
Big Top bitter melon, pepper-shaped bumpy green fruit
Photo from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
Lilium Pretty Woman, light pink tips fade to white then yellow-green at center
Photo from Brent & Becky's
Geranium Delft Blue, white five-petaled flowers with blue-lavender irregular spattering
Photo from De Vroomen
Thunbergia Arizona Rose Sensation, dusky rose with black eye
Photo from
Zinnia Queen Lime Orange, lime green petals near center become orange farther out
Photo from All American Selections
Hemeocallis Storm Shelter, purple and dark purple with a green throat
Photo from Walters Gardens
Flavorburst peppers, light yellow-green
Photo by Plant Sale shopper Mary M. Thanks, Mary!
Clematis Lady Northcliffe, light lavender, yellow centers
Photo from Donahue's Clematis
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)