The Garden Fair is located OUTSIDE, to the southwest of the Grandstand entrance, surrounding the Wristband Booth. It opens before the Plant Sale, and runs throughout the sale’s hours:
Friday 7:00 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Saturday 8:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Sunday 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Some exhibitors may be open longer or shorter hours than these. Some may not be open on Sunday. We’ll add more exhibitors to this page as information becomes available.
All are located near the Wristband Booth unless noted otherwise at the beginning of their description below. Individual exhibitor locations will be posted on large maps at the Garden Fair.
A&T Designs New
Metal yard wind balancers and garden decorations.
Barn Quilts New
Choose a two-foot square painted wooden barn quilt to hang on your fence, house, deck, or garden pole. Go to Barn Quilts by Mary on Facebook to see samples.
Cowsmo Inc. makes and sells organic compost and potting soils throughout the midwest, owned and operated by fifth-generation dairy farmers near Cochrane, Wisconsin. Cowsmo Compost is the finest compost available in the Midwest.
Down Home Enterprises
Garden art, from rusty garden flowers to a mix of stained glass to bird feeders to kinetic movement. Steel, glass, stone and antique finds. Whimsical snails, insects to enjoy in your garden setting.
Eddie crafts copper and cedar garden art, birdhouses, and birdfeeders.
Experimental Farm Network New
Building a grassroots, collaborative plant-breeding and agricultural research network focused on bioregional adaptation and mitigating climate change. EFN sells seeds of the hard-to-find varieties from its network to support these efforts.
Garden Circles New
Here’s an efficient, easy, and affordable way to make long-lasting raised bed gardens. Can be combined for larger beds, creative shapes and garden installations.
Growing Blue Flowers
My insect repellants, hand sanitizers, salves and soaps are all handmade with 100% natural ingredients, in harmony with nature.
Holistic Health Farms
Located outside the sale exit door as you head to the curbside loading area. Reasonably priced burlap coffee bags for weed barrier and a million other purposes.
Humming for Bees
This grassroots, 100-percent-volunteer nonprofit organization is working to protect bees and other pollinators. Sign the Bee Safe Yard pledge. Yard signs, T-shirts.
This remodeling company offers sunrooms, greenhouse additions, and garden windows.
Minnesota State Horticultural Society
One of the oldest horticultural societies in the U.S. (est. 1866), MSHS offers classes, lectures, webinars, special events, volunteer opportunities, community outreach programs, membership packages and the award-winning Northern Gardener magazine. Become a member. Support our programs. Grow with us. MSHS members save $5 on a $50+ purchase at the Friends School Plant Sale. Booth open: Fri 9 a.m.–1 p.m., Sat 9 a.m.–12 noon, closed Sunday.
Minnesota Water Garden Society
MWGS will be outside, between curbside plant pickup and the Grandstand, selling a wide variety of water and bog plants (also good for rain gardens), both hardy and tropical, as well as goldfish, shubunkin, and koi. MWGS was founded in 1997. Its mission is to promote pond and water gardening in Minnesota and Western Wisconsin. Membership is $35/year. It is a nonprofit organization founded to increase the enjoyment and enthusiasm for water gardening through promotion, education, and shared experiences. Members will answer questions and, for those expressing interest, they’ll provide the organization’s membership materials, brochures, and newsletters.
A full list of the plants they'll be selling can be found here.
Minnesota Waterscapes New
Landscape contractor specializing in water features. Builds new water gardens: ponds, waterfalls, fountains. Also provides maintenance services and repairs. Email for a free copy of “7 questions to ask when choosing a water feature.” See our blog post and special offer with donation to Friends School because of the sale's cancellation.
Products for progressives since 1979, ranging from social justice, environmental, and humorous messages printed on gardening and environmentally themed T-shirts, aprons, canvas bags, stickers, buttons, political lawn signs, and more. Free catalog and 10 percent discount coupon for a purchase at the store at 2916 East Lake Street.
Sculpture and jewelry created from natural objects that are encased in copper and other metals. Finished with sculpture wax to make a lovely addition to your garden.
Old River Road Antiques
We’ll be selling:
- Amethyst garden rocks, from large for outdoor gardens to small for flower pots and fairy gardens.
- “Imagination” flower pots from antique and collectible treasures.
- Garden sculpture and miscellaneous garden items.
- Simple organic fertilizer kits.
Ramsey County Master Gardeners
Selling Atlas nitrile garden gloves and offering plant and garden information.
Rock-N-Water Landscapes New
Selling unique rocks and driftwood, water urns and containers, pumps, and water garden kits. Talk to us about installing water features, ponds, or streams, and check out our working display on site!
Trellises, benches, planters, arches, and décor. Tin animals, metal art, and baskets.
Scroll Trellis New
Uncommon trellises provide excellent support. “Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way.”—Booker T. Washington. Trellises available with or without solar LED lights.
Hand-crafted in Minnesota and sold only at street fairs and festivals. And after the sale, we still support our customers the best way we know how: just like a SKY chair.
Exquisite hand-cast stepping stones for the exterior and interior of the home. Plus flagstone, slate, river rock, ledge stack, and interior tiles.
Green Fin Plant Care is a 100% natural fertilizer sourced responsibly from invasive carp species that are damaging Minnesota waterways. Made locally in the Twin Cities area, Green Fin Plant Care is great for home, garden or field use and contains the rich nutrients your plants and crops crave.
Clever one-of-a-kind sculptural and ornamental pieces that add an unexpected accent anywhere. From birdbaths and birdhouses to mosaics of handmade tile and her house plaques, mixed media artist Sharon Miller-Thompson has put a twist on nature to create unique, durable art for your home and garden.
Serving small-batch-roasted, organic beans with a full espresso bar. Offering light breakfast options: muffins and breakfast sandwiches. Anchor’s main shop is in the heart of White Bear Lake.
Popped fresh with a mix of sweet and salty. It’s a State Fair treat in May!
Featuring quarter-pound chopped beefsteak burgers, all-beef hot dogs, and breast-meat chicken strips. Plus bratwurst, fancy extra-long french fries, onion rings, corn dogs, grilled chicken or ham sandwiches, and fountain pop. Coffee and breakfast offerings, too. Smokey's hours:
Thursday 3:30 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
Friday 7:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
Saturday 8:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
Sunday 9:00 a.m.–2:30 p.m.