Garden Fair

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.

This is a list of 2018 Garden Fair exhibitors. If you would like to be an exhibitor for 2019, download the forms and return them to the address provided. Read our list of FAQs if you're interested in exhibiting.

Garden Exhibitors

A&T Designs New

Metal yard wind balancers and garden ­decorations.


A painted barn quilt in blue red and white

Barn Quilts New

Choose a two-foot square painted wooden barn quilt to hang on your fence, house, deck, or garden pole. Go to Barn Quilts by Mary on Facebook to see samples.


Three funky birdhouses made from drift wood and old tin ceiling tiles

Bird Brain Birdhouses

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

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.

Copper-roofed birdhouse

Eddie’s Artwork

Eddie crafts copper and cedar ­garden art, birdhouses, and birdfeeders.

Experimental Farm Network New

Selling heirloom, unique and useful seeds, plus stakes made from native hazelnut bushes for garden trellises. EFN is a nonprofit, collaborative plant-breeding and sustainable ag research group. Their mission is to accelerate innovation in sustainable agriculture by facilitating unprecedented collaboration on research and the free sharing of resources.

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 raised planter

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. 


Garden Iron Imports

Trellises, benches, planters, arches, and décor. Tin animals, metal art, and baskets.



Grey Cloud Pottery New

Artisan-made pottery items for the garden, including toad houses, wind chimes, garden pots, flower vases, and functional pottery (mugs and bowls).


Growing Blue Flowers

My insect repellants, hand sanitizers, salves and soaps are all handmade with 100% ­natural ingredients, in harmony with nature.

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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. 


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 Tool Library and Frogtown Farm New

Volunteers from two organizations working to make a difference in our community will be on hand to talk about their efforts. In the last year, they have collaborated to teach people how to care for their garden tools. Look for their Garden Fair workshop on Saturday. and

Minnesota Water Garden Society

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.

A full list of the plants they'll be selling can be found here.



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.

Of Nature

Sculpture and jewelry created from natural objects that are encased in copper and other metals. Finished with sculpture wax to make a lovely ­addition to your garden.

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

Selling Atlas nitrile garden gloves and offering plant and garden information.

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Ready-2-Fruit Mushrooms

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.

Scroll Trellis New

Turn vertical spaces green! Innovative trellis kits in a variety of shapes and sizes. For walls or containers.

Orange hammock-like chair hanging from wooden pieces and ropes

Sky Chairs

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.


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.

Two Mikes

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.

Wolcott Art

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.”

Women's Environmental Institute New

Promoting membership in their community-supported agriculture shares (CSA). WEI is a nonprofit environmental, sustainability, and justice CSA farm in North Branch, Minnesota. 

Worm Composting for the Simple Person

Find out 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; a limited number of pre-made kits are available for ­purchase. Saturday only.


Yardly Art

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.

Food Vendors

Kettle Corn

Popped fresh with a mix of sweet and salty. It’s a State Fair treat in May!


Smokey’s Charbroiler

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.

Individual exhibitor locations will be posted on large maps at the Garden Fair.

 If you would like to be an exhibitor for 2019, download the forms and return them to the address provided. Read our list of FAQs if you're interested in exhibiting.