This year, we’re expanding the ways we’re connecting online to the Friends School Plant Sale community – shoppers, volunteers, and anyone interested in learning more.

Find the Plant Sale Online

The Friends School Plant Sale  is now on Facebook and Twitter! We also have a blog on the Plant Sale website. We’ll provide plant sale shopping hints, interesting plant news, and helpful gardening tips. We’ll feature some of the many volunteer positions we need filled to keep the plant sale running. You can  sign up online for volunteer shifts now!

Most of all, we want the community to share with each other.

  • What tips do long-time shoppers have for newbies?
  • What volunteer jobs are the best?
  • When is the best time to shop?
  • Share your photos!

We know people have questions about the sale, and this is a great way to get these questions answered. We look forward to seeing you online!

The Plant Sale offers nearly 2300 varieties of plants.
The Plant Sale offers nearly 2300 varieties of plants.

What is the Plant Sale?

The Friends School Plant Sale  has been an important part of the FSM community for over 25 years. It’s a significant fundraiser for our school and allows us to provide scholarships to nearly a third of our families. We are committed to an economically diverse student body and we welcome the opportunity to provide financial support to families who need it to help send their children to the school. In 2011, the Friends School Plant Sale raised over $200,000 – equal to half of Friends School of Minnesota’s tuition aid budget. Our Plant Sale allows a little school to do big things!

Friends School of Minnesota middle school students volunteer throughout the sale.
Friends School of Minnesota middle school students volunteer throughout the sale.

Equally important is the Plant Sale’s role in our community. Everyone at Friend School of Minnesota is involved in some way, from the middle school students organizing the plants before the sale to parents who run the cash registers during the sale, to the committee members who work all year to select new plants and coordinate the event.

Over 1000 volunteers work to make the sale happen each year.
Over 1000 volunteers work to make the sale happen each year.

The Plant Sale is also a wonderful way to connect to those outside our school community. Each year, over 1000 volunteers come to work  – because they love plants and they love the Plant Sale.

There are many volunteer jobs at the Plant Sale, including watering and tidying the plants.
There are many volunteer jobs at the Plant Sale, including watering and tidying the plants.

Many longtime volunteers and shoppers have no other connection to the school but have become fast friends through years at the Plant Sale. This community brings a richness to the FSM community.

Shoppers bring creative carts to haul their plShoppers bring creative carts to haul their plants. In 2011, the Friends School Plant Sale raised over $200,000 in 2011 - equal to half of Friends School of Minnesota's tuition aid budget.ants. The Plant Sale raised over $200,000 in 2011 - equal to half of Friends School of Minnesota's tuition aid budget.There are many volunteer jobs at the Plant Sale, including watering and tidying the plants.
Shoppers bring creative carts to haul their plants.
Be sure to rest up for the Plant Sale! We hope to see you there.
Be sure to rest up for the Plant Sale. We hope to see you there!

The Friends School Plant Sale is coming! Join us May 11-13, 2012 at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds.