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.
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?
To celebrate the Friends School Plant Sale’s 30th anniversary, we’re offering a commemorative T-shirt with an original four-color design by local artist and Friends School of Minnesota alum Ruby Thompson. Or choose a tote bag, hat, and other item with the plant sale logo.
These items will not be available for purchase at the sale! They’re through online order only.
Details and how to order here.
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
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.