Frank Hyman

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1412 N. Mangum St., Durham, NC 27701 Durham, North Carolina 27701

Gardens shouldn't be boring and neither should garden programs. Frank is entertaining and knowledgeable. He covers many topics: edibles, foraging, chickens, deer solutions and more. Learn more in Chickens, Hobby Farm, Organic Gardening and NYTimes.

w: About Frank

w: Garden Programs

w: My book Hentopia: Create Hassle-Free Habitat for Happy


Additional Information

My essay about our Lawnlet in Horticulture magazine


 Evaluation comments from recent programs:


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


"Best money I've spent on a gardening program."


"...should be writing for SNL..."

"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)


* Not Tonight Deer: Keep Long-Legged Rats Out of Your Garden


* Mushroom Hunting: A Dozen Easy-ID, Delicious Fungi


* Hentopia: Keeping Hens While Going on Vacation for Two Weeks!

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


* Contain Your Enthusiasm With Pots


* Tomato Growing Secrets Revealed

* 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



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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A Mushroom Meister

Ryan V. Gagliardo from Morganton, NC - 09/11/2019 20:50:51

Attended Frank's intro to mushroom foraging class at FungiFest and thought he did a great job. Very down to earth presentation, clearly knowledgeable in his field, and enjoyable to listen to. Bravo!

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Knowledgeable & engaging

Pat Roy from Cary, NC - 08/29/2019 11:46:22

Perennial Vegetable workshop was just what I needed to get moving on asparagus, artichokes, sun chokes, ... Love his low cost approach to gardening

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Great Workshop!

Angela Entzel from Durham, NC - 07/10/2019 13:04:44

I left the workshop with plenty of ideas for low-cost rainwater harvesting options and new ideas for my garden. Frank is very knowledgeable and an engaging instructor.