Baby hostas!
Baby hostas coming up in spring!
Photo courtesy 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!)

Woo Hoo Spring is in the air...!!!

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

Whew, just about made it through another loooong winter, and it is now time to start dreamin’ and schemin’!!!

I’m still working on updating the website, but in the meantime check out our new DAYLILY COMBO page to see some montages of “OMG those aren’t really DAYLILIES are they” daylilies and our new HOSTA INTRO PAGE to get you thinking about yet MORE “gotta-haves”! And don’t forget, it’s never too early to place an order cuz being “small but mighty” means we have lotsa varieties but sometimes small numbers, and I wouldn’t want to sell out on you! Don’t forget you can order Hostas, Daylilies, and Peonies thru our secure shopping cart site via our ONLINE STORE.

Our new offerings for 2016 will include a plethora of Helaciously Hot, Hot, Hot Hostas, scads of Daring Dramatic Daylilies, a Peck of Perky Peonies, and bits and bobs of other Contrary Perennials. A list of “newbies” is at the beginning of each category, with descriptions and pictures to follow soon.

For those of you who are into Heirloom veggies (and c’mon, who isn’t!), I’ve added 24 “new Tomatoes, 10 “new” Peppers, and other delicious yummies! I’ve also added pics and commentary of the newbies I tried last year, and as always I welcome your feedback.

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
* First day of the season April 22, 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
hard at work in the greenhouse
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