Frank Hyman

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Durham, North Carolina 27701

Gardens shouldn't be boring and neither should garden programs. Frank is entertaining, inspiring and knowledgeable. His slideshows feature beautiful plants and easy techniques. Frank's writing is in Horticulture, Urban Farm, Fine Gardening and NYT.

w: Liberated Gardener blog--because it's easier to enjoy your
garden if you're not enslaved by it.

w: Garden Programs

w: My website



 Evaluation comments from recent programs for the Virginia Horticultural Foundation:


"Great speaker, learned quite a lot. Bring him back!"

"Fun & Sparky! Loved it! Thanks!"


"Excellent talk from lovely, informed speaker."


"Again, 2nd day in a row I have had the pleasure of listening and learning from Frank. By far the best speaker in 3 yrs. I have been coming. Learned a lot!"


Frank has spoken on gardening for:

* Duke Gardens in Durham 

* JC Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh 

* Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill

* UNC-Greensboro

* Tryon Palace in New Bern, NC

* Carolina Farm Stewardship Assoc. annual meeting

* Organic Growers School in Asheville, NC

* McLaughlin Garden (voted prettiest public garden in Maine)

Virginia Horticultural Foundation in Va. Beach.

And for garden clubs in Charlotte, Roxboro, Durham, Oxford, Treyburn, Fearrington and Chapel Hill.

His stories and photos about gardening have appeared in Horticulture, Carolina Gardener, Urban Farm, Hobby Farm Home, Backyard Poultry and Fine Gardening magazine. 

In his youth, Frank picked oranges in Spain, worked on tomato farms as an IPM scout, worked on a cattle farm and was an organic farmer, growing tomatoes for restaurants and natural food stores. He studied horticulture and design at NC State University.

He has co-founded three community gardens and recently worked with his wife on two organic farms in Provence.

Frank is an award-winning designer who has created beautiful and sustainable gardens in Durham for 19 years as the owner of Cottage Garden Landscaping. In addition to hundreds of gardens created for homeowners,  Frank has also created gardens for city parks, group homes, elementary schools (edible gardens and playgrounds), a senior center,  a farmer’s market, restaurants and offices. He’s created gardens that are dramatic, colorful, edible, fragrant, drought-hardy, deer-resistant, low-maintenance, organic and just plain pretty.

Frank gardens with his wife, Chris, in downtown Durham, NC at Bayleaf Cottage.


The only thing I like better than gardening is talking about gardening. I can do both on-site/hands-on workshops or indoor slideshows. Can provide my own LCD projector, laptop and screen if necessary. Programs can be tailored to your time constraints. My rates are negotiable and I love to travel. 


Program Topics (more details at the bottom of this page of my website)


* Five Deer-Resistant Gardens


* Flowers with Fragrance Year Round


* Not Under the Tuscan Sun: Growing Mediterranean Plants in the South


* Liberated Gardeners Get More Done: Saving Your Planet, Your Time, Your Budget and Your Back


* Spring Wildflowers: Trilliums, Trout Lilies, Mayapples and More


* Cool-Season Vegetable Gardening: Less Drought, Bugs and Weeds


* Putting a Green Roof on a Doghouse


* Perennial Vegetables: Asparagus, Artichokes ,Fiddlehead Ferns and More


* Organic Insect Management: Fewer Bugs With Less Work


* Attracting Birds, Native Bees and Butterflies to Your Garden


* Moss: The Lawn With No Mower


* Contain Your Enthusiasm With Pots


* Tomato Growing Secrets Revealed


Within an hour's drive of Durham, NC 27701 there's no charge for expenses. I can travel farther than that if my expenses are covered.

Photo Gallery

  • A 'Charleston' Garden between two bungalows.
  • My Leaf Mobile
  • A cottage garden for a client.
  • Our front yard.

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Audience Reviews

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Frank is Fantastic with Fungi!

Basil Camu from Raleigh - 09/22/2018 05:43:37

I am an ISA Certified Arborist and owner of Leaf & Limb, a tree care company in Raleigh. Frank recently came to our facility to give us a lecture on foraging for edible mushrooms for our staff professional development day. It was a most excellent experience! He is a fun, engaging experience who really knows his stuff. Many of my staff told me afterwards how much they enjoyed the lecture and excited they were to begin foraging for edible mushrooms. I highly recommend attending one of Frank's classes or hiring him to speak at your company. It's well-worth every penny!

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Wild Foraging Hooray!

Eric Goldman from Chapel Hill, NC - 08/30/2018 14:32:15

Frank’s wild edibles class and the wild mushroom class was fantastic! He is an excellent speaker, made is very understandable to a beginner like me and held the attention of the more seasoned foragers in the room. I highly recommend him!

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Not Tonight Deer

Chris Glenn from Raleigh, NC - 02/20/2018 16:38:46

I'm the programs and education coordinator at the JC Raulston Arboretum. Frank is a professional speaker to work as we planned his most recent speaking engagement at the JCRA. The same is true for his past programs, too. Everyone in the audience enjoyed his presentation. There were more questions and comments made in this class than I've seen in many other programs. He inspired considerable thought among the attendees.