Looking for plant sale GIFT CERTIFICATES? You can purchase them on the Friends School of Minnesota website


Friends School Plant Sale — with more than 2,450 plant varieties — may be 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. 


Friday, May 8: 9 am - 8 pm
Saturday, May 9: 10 am - 6 pm
Sunday, May 10: 10 am - 2 pm





“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.
2019 New Plants
Paeonia Sweet Marjorie, raggedy petals in pink and white, large gold bomb center
Photo from Klehm's Songsparrow Nursery
Mangave Bad Hair Day, narrow leaves curving down, reddish tinged
Photo from Walters Gardens
Habanada pepper, orange pointed shiny wrinkly peppers
Photo from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
Alcea Bibor Feho, two-tone purple scalloped flowers
Photo courtesy of Dave's Garden user poisondartfrog
Portulaca ColorBlast Double Guava, five gold petals and dark magenta double center
Photo courtesy of PAC Elsner/Westhoff - www.pac-elsner / www.westflowers.de
Hosta Sun Mouse, bright yellow-green leaves
Photo from Walters Gardens
Classic Magic Mix Centaurea, dark purple and light lavender bachelor buttons
Photo from Johnny's Selected Seeds
Geum Cherry Bomb, double petals in peach to dark pink dark center
Photo from Intrinsic Growers
Mushrooms growing in a kit
Photo courtesy of Ready 2 Fruit Mushrooms
Pteris mayi, light green with slightly darker green edge, irregular shaped leaves
Photo from the University of Vermont
Phlox Jeana, many small flat lavender flowers clustered
Photo from the Mt. Cuba Center trial gardens
Rosa Ringo, light yellow petals with pink to peach center
Photo from Spring Meadow Nursery
Brandywise tomato, very large red tomato
Photo from Fruition Seeds
Calendula Alpha, orange daisies with wide centers and many petals
Photo from Johnny's Selected Seeds
Sempervivum Silver King, red and green succulent
Photo courtesy of garden.org user GG5
Helleborus Winter Jewels Jade Star, green flowers with red streaks, yellow centers
Photo from Northwest Garden Nursery via Rush Creek Growers
Iris germanica Red Zinger, red to violet bearded iris
Photo from www.garden.org user lauribob
Bidens Bee Alive, small-centered daisy with petals in copper and gold
Photo from Ball Horticulture
Petchoa Cinnamon, rusty orange petunia-like flowers
Photo from Sakata Ornamentalsa
Dahlia Pasolini, multi-orange striped and speckled double
Photo from Flamingo Holland
Echinacea Green Twister, light green-tipped petals on pink coneflowers, curved up petals
Photo courtesy of Dave's Garden user 33libra
Takame Ruby buckwheat, pink flowering buckwheat
Photo from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
Llium Viva La Vida, recurved petals, yellow with very dark red centers
Photo from www.lilycompany.nl
Ruellia Machu Morado, lavender wrinkly flat flowers
Photo from Proven Winners
Salvia Amante, intense magenta to orange-red tubular flowers, dark stems
Photo from Bloemisterij Talpe
Dianthus Pinball Wizard, double pink pinks!
Photo from Select Seeds
Clematis Piilu, lavender with double centers
Photo from Walters Gardens
Coleus Main Street Ruby Road, bright pink centers, light green and purple edges, long leaves
Photo from Dummen Orange
1500 year old cave bean, maroon and white kidney beans
Photo from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
Tagetes Strawberry Blonde, pinkish outer petals, orange to gold inner
Photo from Thompson and Morgan
Lilium Pearl Jessica, pink to gold to orange throat
Photo from www.garden.org user buggy crazy
Water Plants

We are once again partnering with the Minnesota Water Garden Society.

They will be selling a wide range of water plants (plus bog plants and fish) outside, between the curbside plant pickup area and the sale exit. Come talk to their knowledgeable volunteers about all things beautiful, damp, and growing

See their full list of plants here.

Photo of the native waterlily (Nelumbo luteo) by liz west from the Wikimedia Commons.
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)