Current Events

20170121_111553 (2)  Things are continuing to grow in the greenhouse as we pick up the pace of our planting schedule at this time of the year.  There haven’t been too many sunny days, but when there is one, all of the plants just soak it up.  As far as sun, or lack of it, we will just have to make do with what we get.  Isn’t that the way of nature, anyway?  No matter the weather, we will be ready for our opening day on Monday, March 20, 2017.

  There are two items that we would like to share with you.  The first is something that is new for us.  In the winter time, we have groups visit us to see what happens in the greenhouse at this time of the year.   Last year, a customer was talking to me and told me a friend of hers had taken a tour with her garden club and the customer said that she would have enjoyed being able to participate.  That gave us the idea of giving a general Behind the Scenes Tour at Shady Hill.  We are going to host a tour on Saturday, March 25 at 10 am.  There is no cost for the event, but you will need to make a reservation, so we know how many to expect.  It will take right around an hour.  E-mail Joe at or call the greenhouse sometime at 630-365-5665.  You will see the production area of the greenhouse and some of our methods and processes.  The number of people will be limited.  We look forward to showing some curious gardeners around and answering any of your questions.

  The second thing to tell you about is our Planting Workshops.  In a nutshell, this is the opportunity for you to bring your planters here, plant them and leave them to grow until it is warm enough for them to go outside.  We have done this for over 10 years and it continues to be popular.  These are the details that you need to know.

At the Container Workshops, we fill your pots with fresh, nutrient rich soil and you choose potted, growing plants from the greenhouse to fill your containers.  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 while they grow 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 12” across and less:  $8.00 each

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

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

We will care for your planters in the greenhouse until it is warm enough to move your containers outside.  This is typically mid May in our area. 

If you cannot make one of the workshops, you can do this same thing 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.

Daytime Container Workshops

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 10 am

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Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 1 pm

Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 10 am

Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 10 am

Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 1 pm


Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 10 am

Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 10 am

Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 1 pm

Evening Container Workshop

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 5 pm


  There is someone here at the greenhouse on weekdays during the winter, if you need to get in touch with us.  We will also post some updates both here and on our Facebook page to keep you informed on how things are doing in the greenhouse.  When spring rolls around, we will look forward to seeing all of you again as the greenhouse bursts into color.

  Thanks again and we will see you in the spring.

  Matt and Joe Heidgen