Current Events

Each year when we open, the most common question that we get is “When can I put my annuals outside?”  Our answer is always, when the night time temperatures are staying near 50.  It has certainly taken some time this year, but I think that we are finally there.  Hooray!  When I look at a long range forecast, it tells me that things are good for annuals.  I took some geraniums home myself over the weekend which always makes me feel like we have turned the page.  The greenhouse is filled with beautiful blooming plants and with many gardeners getting a little bit of a late start this year, we may even have more than usual!

The spring of 2019 is the forty fifth year that SHADY HILL will grow and assortment of plants for gardeners to use and enjoy throughout the growing season.  Chuck and Mary Ellen Heidgen, with their 4 young children, opened SHADY HILL in the old greenhouses in Batavia in the spring of 1974.  From 1999 through 2007, we operated both greenhouses and in 2008, we consolidated everything to the greenhouse in Elburn.  And now, sons Matt and Joe grow and sell plants in the SHADY HILL tradition, all these years later.  Even though we are both in our 50’s, we always seem to be referred to as “the boys” by so many of our loyal, long time customers.  We always take it as a compliment.

Something else that happens every year is our WEEKLY WEDNESDAY SPECIAL.  The name of the sale really says it all, it is once a week, only on Wednesday and there is a special price on an item.  We will post the WEEKLY WEDNESDAY SPECIAL right here each week, by noon on the preceding Monday.

We have another weekly event and that is our Perennial Thursday.  Each and every Thursday, all of our 1 gallon perennials are 20% off.  This will give gardeners a chance to add to their own gardens at a bargain price.  We grow a wide selection of both sun and shade lovers that you will enjoy for years to come!

Now that we are open for the season, we are here seven days a week.  We are happy to answer any of your questions.  And, as always, we certainly appreciate all of our friends and loyal customers.

Matt & Joe Heidgen


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