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 2017 Garden Fair exhibitors. If you would like to be an exhibitor for 2018, download the forms and return them to the address provided. Read our list of FAQs if you're interested in exhibiting.

Garden Exhibitors

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

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

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 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. 


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. 


IDeal Garden Markers shown in garden

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.


Java Cycle compost, yellow bags

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 logo

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.

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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


Star Tribune booth

Star Tribune

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.

Two stone fountains by Tonka Bay Fountains

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.


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.”

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.

Ziebol Art

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.

Food Vendors

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. 


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 2018, download the forms and return them to the address provided. Read our list of FAQs if you're interested in exhibiting.