The roller coaster of weather has had its hills and drops this year, but overall, it has certainly been better than our winter last year. We finally got some snow cover to protect the garden, but the number of bitterly cold days has been at least bearable this winter.

  No matter what the winter season brings, there is always an anticipation of spring and 2015 is no different. The enthusiasm to try growing something new or to share the story of something that grew beyond expectations last season never gets old. And neither does seeing the look of excitement on gardeners’ faces as they come back each year.

  As always, we are offering gardeners a chance to get a jump on spring by planting their containers and hanging baskets in March and April. Best of all, after you plant them, leave them with us to grow in the greenhouses until it is warm enough to enjoy them outside.

  You are welcome to bring your own containers and we will also have some available for sale on the day of the workshops. We will grow and care for your planters until you pick them up in May.

Container Workshops

  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.

Containers 12" across: $7.00 each
Containers over 12" and under 17" across: $9.00 each
Containers 17" across and over: $.75 per inch

Morning Container Workshops:

  • Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 10:00 am
  • Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 10:00 am
  • Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 1:00 pm
  • Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 10:00 am
  • Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 10:00 am
  • Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 1:00 pm
  • Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 10:00 am
  • Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 10:00 am
  • Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 1:00 pm

Evening Container Workshops:

  • Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 5:00 pm

  On each of these days, we will host gardeners who cannot wait to plant some containers for the upcoming season. At all of our workshops, we will give you some basic ideas and instructions and then turn you loose in the greenhouse to choose the plants that you want and get your hands in the soil.

  We limit the number of gardeners in each session, so that we are able to give you some one on one help and make sure that everyone has enough room to work. Please make reservations at 630-365-5665 or e-mail Joe directly at to reserve space.

  Now that we have done this for several years, there are some gardeners who have attended our workshops and know what they want to plant. If this sounds like you, come in any time that we are open and plant your containers at your convenience. We will have an area set up and will be happy to fill your pots with soil for you.

  Also, if you have a group of eight or more and would like to have a private potting session, we would be happy to host that as well. Call Matt or Joe and we can get it set up for you. 630-365-5665.

Stop out sometime after March 23 and see what we have been growing over the winter!

  If you have any questions or need any information about anything going on at Shady Hill, please call us at 630-365-5665 or e-mail Joe at or Matt at .