Current Events

Our retail greenhouses are now closed and we are busily preparing for the upcoming spring season.  We will open again for the spring on Monday, March 23, 2020.  Things are going full tilt, as far as taking geranium cuttings and sticking them right now.  These will then be planted to be grown on to spend the summer at your homes.  We are also growing the ingredients for many of our mixed planters, so it is always kind of an exciting time in the greenhouse.  It is both a mixture of seeing some of our old favorites mixed with the anticipation of trying some new plants, as well.

When we open on March 23, you will definitely feel spring in the air, here in the greenhouses at SHADY HILL.  Although it is too early to put plants out, it is never too early to begin formulating some plans for pots, planters and gardens at your house.  Do you plant what has worked for you in previous years?  Do you start over and do something completely different?  I know that for me, I am somewhere in between those two ideas.  There are definitely some plants I have to include, but I also like to try at least a couple of new things.  Everyone, and therefore every garden, is an individual and that is part of the excitement of spring.

One thing that just continues to gain popularity here is our Plant Your Own Pots program.  You bring your own empty planters and we fill your pots with fresh, nutrient rich soil.  Then, you choose potted, growing plants from our greenhouse and plant them in your containers.  Leave them here with us and we will care for them in our greenhouses until it is warm enough for the planters to go outside.  You are charged for the plants that you pick out and plant, as well as a Growing Fee.  This fee covers the care and maintenance of your pots in the greenhouse, as well as the addition of some time release fertilizer and the soil to fill the pot.  This is the fee:

 Containers 10” across to 12” across:  $8.00 each

 Containers over 12”and under 17” across:  $10.00 each

 Containers 17” across and over:  $.80 per inch 

  There are only 2 rules that we have.  The first is that your pots are at least 10” across.  Planting a pot that is smaller defeats the purpose of getting a head start on the summer.  Pots that size can be planted and put directly outside and you save the cost of the Growing Fee.  Our second rule is that you pick your pots up before Memorial Day.  Every year is a little different weather wise, but you can pick them up when the night time temperature is staying above 50 degrees.

  You can do this during any of the hours that we are open.  We will be happy to give you as much or as little assistance as you want.  We will also hold several “workshops” that are listed at the bottom of this page.  At these, you can come and do this with others at a specific time, but the process is the same either way.

If you follow us on either Facebook or Instagram, you can see what is going on here in the greenhouse and some photos of what we are growing.

In the meantime, we are here at the greenhouse most weekdays.  Give us a call or drop us a line if you have any questions or need any additional information.

It won’e be long!

Matt & Joe Heidgen


630-365-5665  or

Container Workshop Dates

Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 10 am

Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 1 pm 

Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at 10 am

Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at 10 am

Thursday, April 16, 2020 at 10 am

Saturday, April 18, 2020 at 10 am

Saturday, April 18, 2020 at 1 pm