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? We'll post it as soon as they start coming in, and they'll show up on each individual plant listing as well.

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)
2017 New Plants
Water Plants

We've got big changes in the water plant department this year.

The Minnesota Water Garden Society (MWGS) will be 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. 

Consult with experts on your needs and desires before you buy. See their full list of plants here.

Photo of the Attraction waterlily (Nymphae) by Eeno11 from the Wikimedia Commons.