We recently found out that the 2020 Friends School Plant Sale held at the Minnesota State Fair Grounds has been cancelled due to Covid-19 prevention. This plant sale is the biggest plant fundraiser in the state and has been called the “great get-together for gardeners”! Typically held on or around Mother’s day weekend, the sale offered gardeners over 2,500 plant varieties including pond plants, native wildflowers, fruit trees, neonic-free plants, and specialty flowers. Being in the Minnesota State Fair Grandstand made it even more exciting! The sale was a treasure trove waiting to be explored by gardeners of any caliper.
The friends school plant sale is a major fundraiser for the Friends School of Minnesota, a small Quaker K-8 school in the Hamline-Midway area in Saint Paul. Their mission is ‘to prepare children to embrace life, learning, and community with hope, skill, understanding and creativity.” They are committed to “the Quaker values of peace, justice, simplicity, and integrity."
Cancelling the plant sale will remove about one fifth of their income in one blow. We don’t like to see a good school hurt and are sure you don’t either. Would you like to partner with us to help? For orders marked “friends plant sale”, we will donate 15% to the Friends School. Tell your friends and neighbors. Together we can make a difference!"
Go here to order your pond plants including floaters, marginals, water lilies, and other aquatic plants.
By Becky Chudek, lead horticulturist at Minnesota Waterscapes
Jeff Chudek has been building ponds and waterfalls professionally since 2005. As a kid, his favorite time of year was spring, because the spring thaw created so much mud and puddles, and all the trees and plants were waking up. He loves figuring out the best way to use something, and fixing things that are broken. He's good at coming up with ideas, and helping choose the best idea for you.