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.
These are the exhibitors from the 2016.
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.
Fruits Nuts and Vegetables Farms New
Selling mushroom-growing kits... more info to come.
Fruits of the City
Fruits of the City’s Jared Walhowe will be in the Fruit section inside the sale on Friday only, 10:45 a.m.–3:00 p.m. to answer questions about selecting, planting, and caring for fruit trees. Fruits of the City matches registered fruit tree owners with trained volunteers who can harvest your surplus fruit and share it with a local food shelf. Free copies of Fruits of the City’s Fruit Tree Maintenance Guide will be available at the Info Desk throughout the sale.
Concrete garden art, including stepping stones, plaques, planters.
Garden Iron Imports
Baskets, planters, topiaries, trellises, arbors, gazebos, window boxes, armillary spheres, fences, chandeliers, benches, chairs, decorative items, and more. Bigger and better selection!
Growing Blue Flowers
My insect repellants, hand sanitizers, salves and soaps are all handmade with 100% natural ingredients, in harmony with nature.
Kathryn Rosebear Pottery
Functional porcelain pottery—mugs, cups, plates, bowls, and vases—with animal and floral themes. All work is food-safe and oven-, dishwasher- and microwave-proof. I hope that, as people use my pots, the colors and motifs remind them of the magic of summer and the gardening season throughout the year.
Larry Overby New
Handmade cedar garden planters, benches, and sandboxes.
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
Sharing gardening knowledge. Stop by with your questions!
Roots Hydro-Organic New
Info to come soon... but generally selling organic fertilizers.
Minnesota Rusco is a remodeling company that offers sunrooms and greenhouse additions.
Sky Chairs New
Hand-crafted in Minnesota and sold only at street fairs and festivals. And after the sale, we still support our customers the best way we know how: just like a SKY chair.
A small, local midwestern company dedicated to growing only hardy tried and true varieties of non-GMO seeds, Solera Seeds grows all seeds by hand on their small organic farm. A full list of varieties is on their website.
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.
Straw Bale Gardens New
Joel Karsten, author of Straw Bale Gardens and creator of the straw bale gardening concept, is selling straw bales and will be on hand to share his knowledge about gardening without heavy lifting, pulling weeds, and getting down on your hands and knees. Straw bale gardening lets you grow vegetables, root crops, vine crops, and even beautiful flowers without herbicides, insecticides or pesticides. On any backyard, concrete patio, rooftop, or driveway, too. (Workshop at 12 noon on Saturday, May 7 in the Garden Fair.)
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.
TSE provides employment training and community inclusion for people with disabilities who make stepping stones out of cement and recycled, donated stained glass. There are a variety of shapes and designs; the back of each stone includes the creator’s name. All profit goes to the people who made the stones.
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.
Washington County Horticulture Society
WCHS will be selling Atlas garden gloves as a fundraiser. The organization was founded in 1986 to stimulate the love of gardening, to promote environmentally sound gardening practices, and encourage civic plantings.
Wicker Baskets and More New
Baskets and wooden containers to use when working with plants, in flower arrangements, and gathering garden produce. Recyled wood is used in all the wood products.
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.”
Worm Composting for the Simple Person
Saturday only. Learn how to set up and maintain your own easy home worm composting system. Recycle kitchen waste and have great fertilizer for your house plants or garden. Free worms while they last; limited number of pre-made kits available for purchase. Workshop on Saturday, May 7, at 1:00 p.m. also.
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.