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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!)

Fabulous Fall Is Sauntering Our Way!

Peony Victorian Blush
Better than Fairies

Ahhhh, we are coming upon one of my favorite times of year (OK, so I’ve got LOTSA favorite times of the year!!!); a time to slow down, reflect, and take stock of what was Fabulous and what was Underwhelming. I am STILL waiting for feedback and pictures that my Plantheads promised me (and you STILL know who you are!).

It is also a PERFECT time to order our scrumptious PEONIES…..I’m getting ready to dig so they will be fresh and sassy just for you. Feel free to CALL or EMAIL to place your order; sooner rather than later or ya might miss out! Our Ambrosia From The Bee Gods (aka raw honey) is ready also, and they have done a maaaaahvelous job as usual. It is in limited quantities, so again, don’t dilly dally too long.

We also have some New Introductions for you…..Our new silly, sweet, and sassy Sheltie pup Finnegan (yep, just what we needed, ANOTHER one) and our Contrary Mary’s Better Than Fairies which is a collection of Contrary Creatures that just don’t get the press they deserve (surprising that I’m touting the Underdog, right?!).

We will be implementing our Fall hours starting 8/29/2017, which means we are open by appointment (no regular hours), Please just give me a call (815-521-9535) or email me to set up a time.

Don’t forget to check out our blog, and please please please send me some feedback and pictures cuz I’m already starting to think of Spring!

Fall Farm Hours

* by appointment
* call (815) 521-9535 or email

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
Sweet and sassy
Lexie and Duncan
helping out
In our hearts
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Contrary Mary’s Plants and Designs
2735 Route 52
Minooka, IL 60447

(815) 521-9535