Spring Auxiliary Plant Sale

A Mother’s Day weekend tradition offers a beautiful way to welcome the planting season.
It’s time to get planting! Get inspired at the Arboretum’s plant sale.

Shower your mom with presents this Mother’s Day weekend by bringing her to the annual Spring Arboretum Auxiliary Plant Sale. For 50 years, the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum has celebrated Mother’s Day by hosting the plant sale where more than a 1,000  varieties of flowers, vegetables and many more plants are sold.
The plant sale has remained such a popular event in the Twin Cities because so many of the plants and trees sold are developed here by the University of Minnesota. Many flowering plants that range from zinnias to fragrant sweet peas are a strength of the sale, according to Susie Eaton Hopper, the arboretum’s public relations and media specialist.

While the plant sale attracts both beginner and master gardeners alike, the Arboretum is home to the state’s Master Gardener program, which always draws in many experienced gardeners. Hundreds of customers come to the sale each year, and the majority arrive early Saturday morning to get the best selection before it’s gone. “It’s a competitive situation!” Hopper says.

Plant buyers start lining up as early as 6 a.m. and even “do some tailgating in the driveway of the Arboretum,” Hopper says. As it is such a popular event, the plant sale is the highest grossing event of the year for the Auxiliary, and all of the proceeds get donated directly back to the Arboretum.

Gardening lovers from all over the Midwest are drawn to the plant sale each year, including those from Iowa, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Experts at the sale can help answer any gardening-related questions, as well as give suggestions to help spice up your garden.

Whether you’re an avid gardener or just looking to get started, the plant sale will surely not disappoint!

New location: Red Barn Farm next to the Tashjian Bee Center, 3210 W. 82nd St., Chaska; Free; 9 a.m.–4 p.m.,
May 12–13