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Baby hostas!
Rosie with our honey!

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!)

Spring is SPRUNGING.... and it's planting time - Woo Hoo!

Peony Victorian Blush

Well it seems to me that are winter is FINALLY surrendering, and that means it is PLANTING TIME! We shall officially be opening for the season (drum roll please…..) on
Friday, April 21, 2017!!! Our Spring Hours are as follows: CLOSED Mondays, Tuesdays thru Saturdays 9am to 6pm, Sundays 10am to 4pm. Just a reminder though, that all of the babies “wake up” at different times, so be sure to call me at (815)521-9535 or email me to find out about availability (don’t want you to be disappointed!). I also do sell out of stuff cuz remember we are small but mighty, so if ya snooze ya looze! I can hardly wait to see all my gardening “buds’ (sorry, just had to J), so come on out early and often.

Just a wee preview…..we are now growing over 90 varieties of Heirloom Tomatoes, Heirloom Peppers,  (YUM) and gobs of other Heirloom veggie plants including cukes, squash, celery, lettuce, eggplant, brussel sprouts, kohlrabi, red onion sets, melons…..just too many to mention! We have also gotten more into way cool annuals so will have some show stopping coleus, petunias, succulents (another Contrary passion!), and other enticing dibs and dabs. Oh, and did I forget to mention our 500 or so varieties of Hellaciously Hot Hostas, 100 or so varieties of Precious Perky Peonies, and our 100 or so varieties of Daring and Dramatic Daylilies? I’m pretty sure you’ll find at least one “gotta-have”! I’m in the process of updating our website (Contrary’s work never ends), so check back frequently!!!

We also have a limited amount of our Nectar From The Bee Gods (aka pure raw Honey) for sale.  They are in one pound jars and will not last long, cuz once you taste it you will never think of honey the same way again!!!

One last bit of excitement….. I’m working on a blog! It’s going to take me a bit to get it going (good with plants and animals, not so good with computers), so bear with me. I’d love feedback and suggestions and also love to hear from my Plantheads, so hope to talk with you soon!

Farm Hours

* Opening day: Friday, April 21
* Closed Mondays
* Tuesdays - Saturdays: 9am - 6pm
* Sundays: 10am - 4pm
 

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
Lexie
always rarin' to go
Lexie and Duncan
helping out
Mickey
In our hearts
Contrary Mary

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

(815) 521-9535
contrarymary@contrarymarysplants.com