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