Heirloom Tomato Sampler
An Heirloom Tomato sampler from
last summer, including Green Zebra, Eva
Purple Ball, Virginia Sweets, Chocolate Cherry,
& Cherokee Purple (thanks Virginia!)

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 here (I think!)

Happy Spring 2014! She sure is taking her time getting here - guess that will just make us appreciate her more! We've FINALLY set an opening date and it is ... APRIL 24, 2014 (hip, hip, hurray!) For your planting pleasure we will have 50 or so NEW varieties of Hostas, 15+ NEW Peonies, scads of NEW Heirloom Tomato and Veggie plants (many in very limited quantities 'cause I wanna try so many!), and of course a plethora of new Perennials, Daylilies, and our Fun and Funky Succulents. I will have a "new for 2014" list of plants posted under each category with descriptions and prices to follow (I'm a little behind as usual!) Please call (815-521-9353) or email me if you are coming for something in particular - as ya know, plants grow at their own pace (and also I do sell out!)

Farm Hours

effective April 24, 2014

* Tuesday - Saturday 9 am - 6 pm
* Sundays 10 am - 4 pm
* Mondays closed
Contrary Charlie and Leon, our beekeeper

We still have some of our yummy ALL NATURAL and PURE honey left but it won't last long, so if ya snooze, ya looze! The bees have had a hard winter (haven't we all?!) and Beekeepers in general are worried about them, so lets keep our fingers crossed that they make a strong rebound this spring.

We also have a new Sassy Sheltie Girl that would LOVE to meet you! Our Lovely Lass Lexie is a real doll and is keeping the boys, cats, and us on our toes!

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!

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