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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, August 24 between 12 and 5:30 p.m. in the Agriculture/Horticulture building. See map.

Show Schedule

This year's show runs Thursday and Friday, August 25-26. Don't forget to drop off your entries at the fairgrounds in St. Paul on Wednesday, August 24. 

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, the 2021 plant show submissions filled the judging hall with unique specimens. See the champs below, and big thanks to all who joined in the competition. See you next year!