The Garden Fair is located OUTSIDE, to the southwest of the Grandstand entrance, surrounding the Wristband Booth. It opens before the Plant Sale, and runs throughout the sale’s hours:
Friday 7:00 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Saturday 8:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Sunday 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Some exhibitors may be open longer or shorter hours than these. Some may not be open on Sunday. We’ll add more exhibitors to this page as information becomes available.
All are located near the Wristband Booth unless noted otherwise at the beginning of their description below. Individual exhibitor locations will be posted on large maps at the Garden Fair.
Bird Brain Birdhouses New
Artist Barry Nelson’s birdhouses are handcrafted from 100-year-old barn wood, ceiling tile tins of the same vintage, and cedar boards. The drift wood ornaments are from Lake Superior, with other sticks to create a one-of-a-kind birdhouse. They have four screws on bottom for cleaning. Made for outdoor use. Great gifts for mothers and fathers.
Brandy Tang offers contemporary eco-friendly, socially conscious products. At the Plant Sale, Brandy Tang will feature gardening items, including American-made tomato and peony cages, trellises, and hooks in fresh-picked summer colors; recycled garden art; wind chimes; and market and garden baskets.
Cowsmo Inc. makes and sells organic compost and potting soils throughout the midwest, owned and operated by fifth-generation dairy farmers near Cochrane, Wisconsin. Cowsmo Compost is the finest compost available in the Midwest.
Down Home Enterprises
Garden art, from rusty garden flowers to a mix of stained glass to bird feeders to kinetic movement. Steel, glass, stone and antique finds. Whimsical snails, insects to enjoy in your garden setting.
Faerie House, The
Our ceramic faerie houses are hand built homes for your indoor or outdoor faeries. We tuck a magical bell inside to let you know when your faeries are around.
Garden Circles New
Here’s an efficient, easy, and affordable way to make long-lasting raised bed gardens. Can be combined for larger beds, creative shapes and garden installations.
Growing Blue Flowers
My insect repellants, hand sanitizers, salves and soaps are all handmade with 100% natural ingredients, in harmony with nature.
Humming for Bees
This grassroots, 100-percent-volunteer nonprofit organization is working to protect bees and other pollinators. Sign the Bee Safe Yard pledge. Yard signs, T-shirts.
IDeal Garden Markers New
This unique design solves plant ID problems and is attractive, durable, and versatile. Use paint pens, our online engraving, or labels. Minnesota-made.
JavaCycle All-Purpose Fertilizer New
This 4-4-4 fertilizer is made from coffee chaff (the thin skin that comes off the green coffee bean during the roasting process. No smell, sustainable and organic, and safe for people and pets.
Minnesota State Horticultural Society
A nonprofit membership organization that serves northern gardeners through education, encouragement and community. Members enjoy a variety of valuable benefits, including the award-winning magazine, Northern Gardener. Offering a Special Discount on membership at Friends School Plant Sale (for details, see our ad in the catalog, page 59). Booth hours: Friday 9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m., Saturday 9:00 a.m.–12:00 noon, and Sunday 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Minnesota Water Garden Society New
Minnesota Water Garden Society is a nonprofit organization founded to increase the enjoyment and enthusiasm for water gardening through promotion, education, and shared experiences. Members will answer questions and, for those expressing interest, they’ll provide the organization’s membership materials, brochures, and newsletters.
Northern Sun Merchandising
Products for Progressives since 1979, this vendor sells products with social justice, environmental, and humorous messages. Find social messages on gardening and environmentally-themed T-shirts, aprons, canvas bags, stickers, buttons, political lawn signs, and more. Free catalog and 10 percent discount coupon offered for a purchase at their store at 2916 East Lake Street.
Old River Road Antiques
We’ll be selling:
- Amethyst garden rocks, from large for outdoor gardens to small for flower pots and fairy gardens.
- “Imagination” flower pots from antique and collectible treasures.
- Garden sculpture and miscellaneous garden items.
- Simple organic fertilizer kits.
Page and Flowers
Located outside the sale exit door as you head to the curbside loading area. A local foods social enterprise offering reasonably priced burlap coffee bags for use as weed barriers and a million other uses.
Ramsey County Master Gardeners New
Selling Atlas nitrile garden gloves and offering plant and garden information.
Ready-2-Fruit Mushrooms New
Offering starter mushroom kits for indoor growing, mushroom logs for outdoors, mushroom plugs for do-it-your-selfers, and mushroom cultivation supplies.
Minnesota Rusco is a remodeling company that offers sunrooms and greenhouse additions.
St. Anthony Park Garden Tour
Find out about the 2017 tour, located just west of the Fairgrounds, which will be held Saturday, June 24, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The tour starts at St. Anthony Park Library, 2245 Como Avenue in St. Paul. More info and tickets at
Guaranteed lowest price on Star Tribune home-delivered subscriptions will be on sale in the Garden Fair. Stop by our booth and check us out: you’ll get a $10.00 to $30.00 plant sale gift card with every new subscription. (To qualify for a new discounted subscription you must not currently be getting the Star Tribune newspaper home-delivered now or within the last 30 days.)
Exquisite hand-cast stepping stones for the exterior and interior of the home. Plus flagstone, slate, river rock, ledge stack, and interior tiles.
Terrace Horticultural Books
Located inside the Grandstand near the center stairway. Books, gardening ephemera, periodicals and journals, seed packets, seed and plant catalogs, and unframed botanical art. The Twin Cities’ premier seller of used and new gardening books.
Tonka Bay Fountains New
Natural stone water features, fountains and sculptures for the garden, stone planters and vases, stone tiki oil lamps, natural stone bird baths.
Green Fin Plant Care is a 100% natural fertilizer sourced responsibly from invasive carp species that are damaging Minnesota waterways. Made locally in the Twin Cities area, Green Fin Plant Care is great for home, garden or field use and contains the rich nutrients your plants and crops crave.
Steel garden structures and ornamentation. “Every garden and house is individual. Steel speaks in many styles. We can find the one that’s just right for you.”
Clever one-of-a-kind sculptural and ornamental pieces that add an unexpected accent anywhere. From birdbaths and birdhouses to mosaics of handmade tile and her house plaques, mixed media artist Sharon Miller-Thompson has put a twist on nature to create unique, durable art for your home and garden.
Handmade miniature garden items and garden-themed porcelain jewelry. These cute additions to the garden are glazed and fired in a kiln. Gnomes, patios, tables, chairs, little ponds, and more. The porcelain jewelry is finished using lusters and a genuine gold detail. Specializing in Hosta leaf designs. Our products are uniquely created and reasonably priced.
Cloud Forest Coffee New
Serving organic, sustainable coffee beverages and other delicious drinks. Featuring Tiny Footprint brand coffee, a company that offsets the carbon impact of harvesting, roasting and distribution of their coffee by planting carbon sucking trees in the Ecuadorian Mindo Cloud Forest.
Popped fresh with a mix of sweet and salty. It’s a State Fair treat in May!
Featuring quarter-pound chopped beefsteak burgers, all-beef hot dogs, and breast-meat chicken strips. Plus bratwurst, fancy extra-long french fries, onion rings, corn dogs, grilled chicken or ham sandwiches, and fountain pop. Coffee and breakfast offerings, too. Smokey's hours:
Thursday 3:30 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
Friday 7:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
Saturday 8:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
Sunday 9:00 a.m.–2:30 p.m.