elcome 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!) Our 2013 Catalog is available, too! It is chock full of great information and is a great reference. Please call us at (815) 521-9535 or e-mail for availability if you are coming for something specific.
Fall is here!
Although it’s been rather strange weather-wise this year, we still have lots here at the farm to tempt you! And, NOW is the time to order Peonies from our online store - plant now for a spectacular show next spring! We of course continue to have scads of unusual perennials, vines, and grasses too! If you are coming for anything specific, please remember that plants wake up and also grow at their own pace and we do sell out, so feel free to call or e-mail us for availability. Closing date for the season is Sunday, October 6.
2013 Honey crop is ready!
Finally - the fresh crop of our all natural wildflower honey is ready! Don’t wait too long ‘cause we do sell out and won’t have any more until we harvest again next year. Our bees are awesome (but Contrary of course!). If you haven’t tried it yet, you don’t know what you’re missing!
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We have a plethora of display beds for you to wander through, filled with 500+ varieties of specimen Hostas, 60+ kinds of Peonies, and tons of unusual perennials. It is great to be able to see what your new additions will look like once they get a bit bigger! We also have Hosta and Peony propagation beds so you can see our babies growing up and maturing! You can also visit with the Two Best Shelties in the World ( Jamie and Duncan), our three Pygmy Goat Weeders (Robbie, Bertie and Isabella), our one dumb (but loveable!) Daffy Duck (Nod). We also have a new Greenhouse Greeter Cat Rosie, who just LOVES company!
ere 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!