Frank Hyman

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Overview

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
Chickens

e: frankhyman@liberatedgardener.net

Additional Information

My essay about our Lawnlet in Horticulture magazine

Description

 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.

Topics

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

 

Locations

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

Hyman
  • 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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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.

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Great talks!

Stephanie Huckestein from Blacksburg, VA - 03/25/2019 15:09:40

Frank was great to work with from the preliminary planning stages. He was very accommodating of our needs for the program. Frank traveled from Durham, NC to Blacksburg, VA to give three very diverse talks at Virginia Tech for the Hahn Garden. On Friday evening he presented "An Introduction to Mushroom Foraging," which proved to be a very popular topic with close to 70 people in attendance. It was a very practical, informative, and engaging talk. Saturday morning, he presented "Not Tonight Deer," in which he shared many ways to deter deer from your garden. He gave lots of great advice! Saturday afternoon, he presented "Hentopia," which made me want to have chickens! Lots of great ideas to have chickens with less time commitment. Very engaging!

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Now I want chickens!

Elliot Berger from Durham, NC - 01/30/2019 12:22:30

I'm one the owners of the Regulator Bookshop. We had Frank in for a talk on his new book, Hentopia. Frank was funny, engaging, and informative. It was a great evening.