Friday, May 06, 2005

Friends School Plant Sale

The Friends School Plant Sale is this weekend. It is one of the largest, if not the largest, sales in MN. Here's the skinny.....

May 6, 7 and 8. Friday - 11:00 to 8:00. Saturday - 9:00 to 8:00. Sunday - Noon to 4:00. Grandstand Building at the State Fair Grounds. This is the first year at the Fair Grounds.

http://www.fsmn.org/ Scroll down the page for the .pdf catalog (which is worth a read for the articles & plant descriptions even if you don't go to the sale).
Things I learned last year: If you have a wagon and plan to buy, you might consider bringing it. People love this sale and in the mornings, there may be lines. Plants sell out. Sunday is half-price day.

They zone streach a bit in their plant descriptions - some of the flowers they said would winter in zone 4 are crisp as a potato chip in my yard this year with no signs of recovery (although this could be my doing too). The herbs I bought were not the best. The tomatos I purchased were great - I mean really good.

The students volunteering couldn't be more helpful (and adorable). The people watching in general is excellent - this is a serious gardening crowd mixed with gardening fluff (me).

If they use the same system this year, they issue you a piece of paper and a pencil....and you write down what you pick up to buy. Write down everything that is on the table tag....it sucks to have to go back and find the table later :-)

Happy shopping and planting!

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