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20180429_104754At this time of the year, I think that everyone has gotten tired of winter and everything that means.  That is in a typical year and I have lived here long enough to know that this winter has been anything b20180508_080806ut typical.  The good news is that SHADY HILL is now open for the 2019 season, so that has to mean that warmer weather is on the way.  The other good news is that the days are getting longer and each day we are just a little closer to the spring we desperately need!

One of the traditions here each spring is our Plant Your Own Pots process.  You come to SHADY HILL with your own empty containers and we will fill them 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 outdoors.

  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 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 than that 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 it is safe to put them out when the night time temperature is staying above 50 degrees.

20170502_092743-1 (2)You can plant 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” where you can come and do this with others at a specific time, but the process is the same either way.  There is a list of the workshop dates at the bottom of this page.

The spring of 2019 will mark our 20th year in Elburn.  It’s hard to believe, but 1999 was our first year out here.  Our parents, Chuck and Mary Ellen started Shady Hill at our greenhouse in Batavia in 1974.  And, from 1999 through 2007, both greenhouses were open each spring and each Christmas.  Time continues to march on and we still get excited for the spring season every year.  Here at Shady Hill, we are always looking to strike the balance between some of the new plants that are available, as well as growing the tried and true plants that our customers have come to love.  The catch is, and there is always a catch, for every new thing that we grow, we have to reduce the quantity of something else we grow.  We still have the same number of greenhouses.  And mind you, they will be packed to the gills, but there is only so much room.  I always hate that part.

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


630-365-5665   or

Planting Workshop Dates

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 10 am

Saturday, April 6, 2019 at 10 am

Saturday, April 6, 2019 at 1 pm

 Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at 5 pm

Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 10 am

Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 10 am

Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 1 pm

Sunday, April 14, 2019 at Noon

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at 10 am

If you want to join one of these workshops, you can either call the greenhouse at 630-365-5665 or you can email Joe at and we will put you on the list.  You need a reservation, so that we have enough room and help for you!