YES! There will be a 2021 Friends School Plant Sale, a fund-raiser for the Friends School of Minnesota, a small Quaker K – 8 school in Saint Paul.

We're making many changes for everybody's safety, and will keep updating these pages. There's a brief overview below, much more in the Doing the Sale section, or see the flyer we mailed in January explaining the changes (PDF, 1MB). We'll also add posts to the Blog section, especially this one that's like a glossary of terms from the catalog


New—an extra day: Thursday, May 6
Friday and Saturday, May 7 and 8
Sunday, May 9





“Doing” the Sale

For more than 30 years, shopping at the Friends School Plant Sale at the Minnesota State Fair has been the great get-together for gardeners. 

What will be different in 2021?

It will be outdoors
The sale will be in the huge parking lot that’s the Midway during the State Fair.
You'll need a reserved entry time to shop
To keep with public health guidelines, everyone will sign up ahead of time for an entry time.
Seeds, bulbs, and bareroots will be sold online only
Purchase them ahead of time. They will be sold completely separately from the plants at the Fairgrounds.

The sale will open a day earlier than usual and with extended hours. There will be no printed catalog — the updated plant list will be available online here on March 1.

Find out more: Map and floorplan | What's new | COVID safety | Seeds & bulbsGetting in | Checking out


Recent 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 /
Classic Magic Mix Centaurea, dark purple and light lavender bachelor buttons
Photo from Johnny's Selected Seeds
Phlox Jeana, many small flat lavender flowers clustered
Photo from the Mt. Cuba Center trial gardens
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
Llium Viva La Vida, recurved petals, yellow with very dark red centers
Photo from
Clematis Piilu, lavender with double centers
Photo from Walters Gardens
Tagetes Strawberry Blonde, pinkish outer petals, orange to gold inner
Photo from Thompson and Morgan
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)