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Face Time with Matt Heidgen

Matt Heidgen
Matt Heidgen

Batavia resident Matt Heidgen, 55, was working at his business, Shady Hill Gardens in Campton Township, when he answered questions for the Kane County Chronicle's Brenda Schory.

Schory: Where did you grow up?
Heidgen:
Batavia. I graduated from Batavia High School in 1980.

Schory: Who would play you in the movie of your life?
Heidgen:
Kevin Costner

Schory: First job?
Heidgen:
Working here or at the Shady Hill Gardens in Batavia. My dad owned it. My brother and I bought out my dad.

Schory: As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Heidgen:
I wanted to be a small business owner, a grower and seller of plants; a grower and seller of geraniums.

Schory: Television series you would recommend?
Heidgen:
“Orange is the New Black”

Schory: Favorite charity?
Heidgen:
Hesed House in Aurora and Lazarus House in St. Charles

Schory: Favorite ice cream flavor?
Heidgen:
Chocolate chip cookie dough

Schory: Favorite local restaurant?
Heidgen:
Wildwood in Geneva

Schory: What is an interesting factoid about yourself?
Heidgen:
My dad used to do a lot of breeding of different geraniums, and that kind of put us on the map. My brother and I were on the Martha Stewart show and filmed two episodes with her. We flew to Connecticut, and then we were featured in her magazine. They did a big spread on geraniums. We have a pink geranium called Mrs. Peters named after my grandmother, Marian Peters, that my dad discovered.

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