Now that spring has officially sprung, it’s time to think green and get planting. Whether you’re a veggie garden guru, flower aficionado, or landscape lover, the time is now to stock up on both annuals and perennials. We’ve scouted out a few of the biggest and best plant sales happening this Mother’s Day weekend, so grab mom and get your green thumb ready.
Friends School Plant Sale
Arguably the biggest plant sale this side of Mississippi (and possibly the U.S.), the annual Friends School Plant Sale boasts more than 2,450 varieties and simultaneously raises funds for education. It’s a win-win! Held at the State Fair Grandstand, local gardeners don’t come to mess around, so get there early to snatch up your wristband (yes, you need a wrist band). Check out their uber-informative website to learn all you need to know about getting there and getting in, and even start your own shopping list from their huge catalog of plants — all online. Runs Friday, May 11th through Sunday the 13th.
50th Arboretum Auxiliary Plant Sale
Anything that’s been running for 50 years has to be good, and in the case of the U of M’s Arboretum Auxiliary Plant Sale, that couldn’t be more true. Over 1000 varieties will be at your fingertips, including sun and shade plates, ornamental grasses, heirloom vegetables, herbs, and native Minnesota plants as well as species introduced by the U of M agricultural department. Admission is free, with the bonus of experiencing the Landscape Arboretum’s beautiful spring gardens — there’s brunch, too! Runs Saturday, May 12th - Sunday May 13th.
Edina Garden Council Annual Plant Sale
If you’re looking for a more laid-back vibe, look no further than the Edina Garden Council’s annual sale. A tradition since 1973, this much-loved plant sale benefits the Council’s philanthropic projects such as horticultural scholarships, greenhouse supplies, and garden features for Edina parks. Head to beautiful Arneson Acres Park to support a good cause and pick up annuals, perennials, herbs, veggies, combination hanging baskets and containers and more.