News: We're hosting a native plant popup sale with Glacial Ridge Growers on September 19 at Friends School. Details here.
The 2020 sale was cancelled due to COVID-19. On our FAQ page, you can find a list of where you can find our growers' plants.
Looking for plant sale GIFT CERTIFICATES? You can purchase them on the Friends School of Minnesota website.
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.
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?
We partner with the Minnesota Water Garden Society.
They sell a wide range of water plants (plus bog plants and fish) and are located outside, between the curbside plant pickup area and the sale exit. You can talk to their knowledgeable volunteers about all things beautiful, damp, and growing.
Photo of the native waterlily (Nelumbo luteo) by liz west from the Wikimedia Commons.
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.
- Read our full statement on this important issue.
- See our 2016 update on our neonic policy.
- Check out this statement about how our edible plants are grown.
- Watch a video made by our middle school students called "A Plea for Pollinators" about the neonic problem.