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. 


Friday, May 7: hours to be announced
Saturday, May 8: hours to be announced
Sunday, May 9: hours to be announced





“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
Habanada pepper, orange pointed shiny wrinkly peppers
Photo from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
Portulaca ColorBlast Double Guava, five gold petals and dark magenta double center
Photo courtesy of PAC Elsner/Westhoff - www.pac-elsner /
Hosta Sun Mouse, bright yellow-green leaves
Photo from Walters Gardens
Pteris mayi, light green with slightly darker green edge, irregular shaped leaves
Friends School Plant Sale photo by Pat T.
Phlox Jeana, many small flat lavender flowers clustered
Photo from the Mt. Cuba Center trial gardens
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
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
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
Water Plants

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.

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)