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A longtime Minnesota State Fair tradition, the hort society's Potted Plant Show draws hundreds of entries and thousands of viewers, sparking interest in plants and giving the public up-close access to new varieties for home and garden. The competition cultivates aesthetic sense and artistic skills, highlighting excellent specimens and creative use of plant material. It also promotes improved horticultural practices in the home, garden and community. 

The goal of our Judging & Exhibiting Society? To share knowledge and a love of gardening through educational meetings, plant shows and publications. Judging & Exhibiting helps people grow beautiful specimens for exhibitions and fairs and gain excellent skills in creating fascinating designs out of plant material.

For a list of current judges, email us.

How to Enter

Drop off your plant(s) and register on Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021 between 12 and 5:30 p.m. in the Ag/Hort Building. See map. New details coming for 2022!

Show Schedule

The 2021 show ran Thursday and Friday, Aug. 26-27. Entries accepted Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021. Stay tuned for more info about the August 2022 show.

Plant Tags

To speed up the registration process, you may pre-print your tag online. Tags will also be available at registration.


Interested in helping? Brush elbows with some of the coolest plants (and growers!) in the Midwest by volunteering at the show. Email us to learn more.

And the 2021 winners are...

From caudex to cacti, this year's plant show submissions filled the judging hall with unique specimens. See our champs below, and big thanks to all who joined in the competition. See you next year!