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Welcome to the Vagary

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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.

Burnsville Native Plant Market

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The Vagary will be one of five plant vendors selling native plants at the Burnsville Native Plant Market on Saturday, May 20th, from 9 am to noon. Each spring Burnsville hosts a native plant market as a way to encourage people to grow native plants in their yards. In addition to beautifying the community, native plants provide food for pollinators, help improve water quality, and require less care than traditional garden plants.

The market is open to all, including non-residents. Only cash or checks are accepted for payment.

The event will be in the parking lot across from the Burnsville City Hall, 100 Civic Center Parkway, Burnsville MN 55337.

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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