Changes at the Vagary

Monarch visiting the Vagary

Since 1985 the Vagary has grown quality perennials, native plants, and herbs for sale in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Twin Cities area. In the past we have sold plants at the St. Paul Farmers' Market and at sales at our home several times each year. 2012 was our last year of sales at the St. Paul Farmers' Market. 2015 marked the last year of retail sales at our home.

In 2016 we will retail plants at a handful of sales events in the Twin Cities area. We will continue to sell plants by special order and to do some custom growing.

We are also narrowing the range of plants offered with a focus on perennial native plants that serve as food and habitat sources for pollinators such as butterflies, bees, hummingbirds, and especially Monarch butterflies. The number of species we offer has been reduced from over 150 to about 70, with emphasis on Asclepias (milkweeds) and Liatris (blazingstars). Our plant list has been updated to reflect this. We no longer sell herbs or non-native perennials.

Here is a link to our information sheet on Minnesota Milkweeds for Monarchs.

Final 2016 Sales Event

Our final sales event of 2016 is the Minneapolis Monarch Festival on Saturday, September 10th, from 10 am to 4 pm. The festival is located at Lake Nokomis, 49th St and Woodlawn Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55417.

Produced by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and the Nokomis East Neighborhood Association, the Monarch Festival offers everything from food, to music, education and art, highlighting the Minnesota - Mexico connection that the Monarch butterfly creates along its migration path. We will be selling milkweed plants critical to the Monarch life cycle and nectar plants that attract Monarch butterflies and other pollinators.

Since it's late in season our selection of plants will be somewhat limited. For those customers looking for specific species, here is a list of plants we hope to bring to the festival.

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