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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 30+ years we have sold plants at a variety of venues, including the St. Paul Farmers' Market, neighborhood markets, special one-day events, and sales at our home. In the past few years we have limited our selection to native plants, and have limited retail sales to a few sales events.

This will be our last year in business. We will offer retail sales of native plants at two sales events this spring, at the Burnsville Native Plant Marketin May and the Landscape Revival: Native Plant Expo and Market in early June. Later in June we will plan to have a final home sale to offer any remaining inventory at attractive sale prices.

Landscape Revival

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The Landscape Revival: Native Plant Expo and Market offers gardeners one convenient location to shop for Minnesota native plants from 11 local native growers and learn how to use the plants from conservation organizations. The goal of Landscape Revival is to promote the use of native plants by educating about their benefits for wildlife habitat, pollinators and water quality. The event is sponsored by Saint Paul Audubon Society, Blue Thumb, Wild Ones and Neighborhood Greening.

The event will be held on Saturday, June 3rd from 9am to 3pm, in the Community Pavilion at the Roseville Cub Foods, 1201 Larpenteur Avenue West, Roseville, MN 55113.

Minnesota Milkweeds for Monarchs

In the past few years the Vagary has begun to focus on pollinator plants, especially plants that support the Monarch butterfly population that spends the summer months in Minnesota and migrates to central Mexico for the winter. While there are many plants that serve as a nectar source for Monarchs, other butterflies, and other pollinator insects, milkweeds are especially important because they are the only plant that acts as a food source for Monarch caterpillars.

Minnesota Milkweeds for Monarchs is a summary of six popular species of milkweeds native to Minnesota that we sell. It includes good information on why milkweeds are important, which species are best suited for various landscape settings, and general information on growing milkweeds.

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