From 1985-2017 the Vagary grew quality perennials, native plants, and herbs for sale in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Twin Cities area. We 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 last few years of our business we limited our selection to native plants, and limited retail sales to a few special sales events.
The Vagary held its final sale in June 2017, and is no longer in business.
We offer heartfelt thanks to all of the loyal customers who have supported us through over 30 years of growing and selling plants. We continue to maintain this website to provide information about the plants we have sold.
In its last few years the Vagary began to focus on native 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 sold. 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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