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.

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garden if you're not enslaved by it.

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 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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MC of Joy in Garden Seminar

Stuart Evans from Tryon,NC - 05/17/2017 19:12:52

We had heard rave reviews of Frank's talks and we were not disappointed. He is informative, fun, and all in all was a great addition to our seminar. We hope he comes back.

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great program

Holly H. Shimizu from MD - 05/03/2017 08:11:20

Frank gave an excellent program on container gardening - it was original, interesting and entertaining.

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Dynamic speaker

C. J. Dykes from Cary, North Carolina - 04/05/2017 15:06:38

Frank Hyman is a great speaker who is super knowledgeable and talked to our club about how to be a more prudent gardener. Making use of what you have and how to repurpose items around the house to make your carbon footprint less impact on the environment around you.