Baby hostas!
Peony Bartzella
photo coursety customer Cyndy

Welcome to Contrary Mary’s! We are a small, family-owned greenhouse located southwest of Chicago, and we specialize in unusual perennials, hostas, peonies, and unique fruits and vegetables that you won’t find at big chain nurseries. We can help you find the perfect plant for your sunny (or shady, damp, dry, etc.) spot to provide color and texture. Our plants are perfectly suited to our Midwest environment in Chicagoland; all of our perennials are hardy to at least Zone 5, and are plants that I think are excellent additions to everyone’s garden (gotta haves!)

We are definitely in the Dog Days of Summer!

Peony Victorian Blush
Rosie taking a break after all
her greenhouse work

Well thus far it SURE has been a hot, humid, and mosquito-ey one for SURE! Remind me of all my complaints in February!

We still have LOTSA “gotta-haves” with fantastic root systems, so come on out and see us! And don’t forget you can order Hostas, Peonies, and Daylilies thru our secure shopping site via our ONLINE STORE. NOW is the time to order Pretty and Plucky Peonies for Fall planting; don’t miss out cuz you’ll wish you had added some when you see their awesomeness in the Spring! Although our last day we are open for the 2016 season is September 24, 2016, Peonies can be ordered and planted until November 2, 2016.

Check out our Helaciously Hot Hostas that can be viewed in our display and propagation beds, and then freshly dug for you (no stale Hostas at Contrary Mary’s!) Our collection of Daring and Dramatic Daylilies continue to grow, as do our Contrary and Unusual Perennials.

Feel free to give us a call at (815)521-9535 or email us with questions, comments, orders, or deep thoughts. Please also contact me with feedback and pics of our Heirloom Tomatoes and Peppers….I had lotsa promises from people (you know who you are!) and I adore hearing from my Plantheads!

Feel free to give us a call at (815)521-9535 or e-mail us with questions, to find out when a plant is ready, orders, comments, or great thoughts! Looks like our opening day will be April 22, 2016 so see ya then!

Farm Hours

* Tuesday - Saturday 9 am - 5 pm
* Sundays 10 am - 3 pm
* Mondays closed
* Last day of the season September 24, 2016

We’re located near the intersection of I-80 and I-55 (see us on a map!) To get to our farm and nursery from Chicago and suburbs, take Interstate 55 south to the Route 52 exit and go west (towards Shorewood). We are approximately 7 miles from that point. Once you reach the intersection of Route 52 and Ridge road (a 4-way stop), keep going straight. We are exactly 1.7 miles west, on the north (right-hand) side of Route 52. Our phone number at the Farm is (815) 521-9535.

As always, we are grateful for your loyalty, support, and patronage—we sure couldn’t do it without you!   We can’t wait to visit with you at the Farm … see ya soon!!! Enjoy life, keep smilin’, and think green!

Jamie & Lexie Jamie & Lexie Duncan Mickey
Jamie & Lexie
taking a break
always rarin' to go
Lexie and Dunan
helping out
Always in our hearts
Contrary Mary

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Contrary Mary’s Plants and Designs
2735 Route 52
Minooka, IL 60447

(815) 521-9535