Thanks to everyone who shopped at the 2022 plant sale! See you in 2023.

Friends School Plant Sale is probably 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.


Looking for plant sale gift certificates? You can purchase them on the Friends School of Minnesota website.

“Doing” the Sale

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?

Minimize crowds
ARRIVE: Friday after 3 pm, Saturday after 3 pm, Sunday after noon. OR volunteer and shop Thursday evening.
Get the plants I want
ARRIVE: Friday by 7 am or earlier, Saturday by 9 am, Sunday by 9:30. OR volunteer and shop Thursday evening.
Get the best deal
On Sunday, all remaining plants are 1/3 off. We're open from 10 am to 2 pm.
Friday, May 6, 9 am – 8 pm
Saturday, May 7, 10 am – 6 pm
Sunday, May 8, 10 am – 2 pm





Water Plants

The Minnesota Water Garden Society will be back as part of the 2022 Garden Fair.

They will be selling plants that like wet feet, including a large selection of Lotus, waterlilies, bog plants, rain garden plants, just about anything that likes moist soil. Plus a large selection of koi, shubunkin and goldfish, and carnivorous pitcher plants. 

They will be open just before and during Friends School Plant Sale. A wristband is not needed to enter the MWGS sale. 

You can see their plant listing here.

Important News

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.

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