Welcome to my website--WWW.FRANKHYMAN.COM.

Recent News...

* Meet me at ChickenStock on Oct. 19th, 2013, 4-8pm after the Bull City Coop Tour, behind Bull City Burger and learn about my Hentopia Coops and Coop Workshops.

* You can read my Green Thumb column in Urban Farm magazine.

* You can read my Coop Builder column in Chickens magazine available only at the Regulator Bookshop.

* On stands till mid-November, read my travel essay in Bicycle Times magazine.

*Coming in November, read my story about rice farmers Jason and Haruka Oatis in Organic Gardening magazine.

* Watch my garden videos at www.youtube.com/liberatedgardener.net (thanks to Bill Elias).

* Check the pages at left to learn more about what I'm up to.

Some Old But Still interesting News (and my bio and contact info at the bottom):

* May 14, 2011--Plant Sale and Conservation Garden Tour
Plant Sale May 14th at our house, Bayleaf Cottage (details below).
Since our garden is going to be on the Conservation Garden Tour on May 14th, we decided to stay home and let plant shoppers come to us this year rather than sell at the Duke Gardens Plant Sale (we will return there).

And of course, we encourage you to check out the other lovely gardens as well. Details on the tour at this website. The event is free and co-sponsored by the Triangle Land Conservancy and the NC Native Plant Society. The tour features several other terrific gardens in Durham.
At our plant sale, we’ll be selling some organically-grown, edible perennials like Egyptian walking onions, chives, garlic chives, spineless cactus and sunchokes (sometimes called Jerusalem artichokes) and a small number of Violette de Bourdeaux figs.
We’ll also have drought-hardy, shade-loving perennials like lily-of-the-valley, Lenten rose and white woods aster.

And drought-hardy, sun-loving perennials like yarrow, copper iris, Formosa lily and Bibleleaf (leaves stay green and mint-scented after you pick them, colonists used the leaves as bookmarks).
We’ll also have a few-odd plants like horned poppies, sea oats, euphorbia myrsinites, Blue Star, bearded iris and other random plants from the garden. We may also have a small number of tomato cages left and a few toad houses, drought-hardy houseplants and other random garden ephemera to sell.
No credit/debit cards please, so cash or checks only. Thanks.
1412 N. Mangum St.   Parking on the street.
Sat. May 14th, 12 to 6 pm. The Tour itself runs from 1-5 pm.
(so we'll be open an hour before the tour starts and an hour after the tour ends, but for best selection come early)
Frank and Chris’ Plant Sale to Replenish Their Travel Fund

* The NY Times has published my essay about my multi-avocation worklife. Want to learn how to make a living from your hobbies? Contact me for a consultation.

* Horticulture magazine has named me a Contributing Editor.

* Urban Farm magazine has hired me to write their "Green Thumb" column.

* The garden I designed/installed with the help of the Trinity Park Garden Club won an award from the Durham City Appearance Commission.

Check out my new blog--www.liberatedgardener.net
(and leave me a comment or question)
Why the name? Because it's easier to enjoy your garden if you're not enslaved by it.

Bill Elias  produced this 2 minute video about my garden classes.


You may contact me at
my email address
to let me know if you want to receive my monthly email newsletter with free gardening advice, news of my classes, lectures, plant sales, blog and events of that nature.

You can also reach me at
Frank Hyman
Bayleaf Cottage
1412 N. Mangum St.
Durham, NC 27701
(Zone 7)

Latest news:

The World’s Best Tomato Cages
for sale for $10 each (cash or check only please)
on April 10 & 11, 2010, 3:30-5:30 pm only at

1412 N. Mangum St, Durham, NC 27701

You must tell me in advance how many you want to buy--so that I can buy enough rolls of wire ahead of time. People who order in advance will have priority over people who just show up. The cages have a light coating of rust, so bring an old sheet or something to cover them if you are going to put them in your car (they're big--5'x18"). Or just bring an old car.  :-)
I’m making and selling the world’s best tomato cages again this spring. Sold about 100 of them to gardeners last year and the money went into our Travel Fund. They are made from heavy-duty concrete-reinforcing wire ( you need bolt-cutters to cut it). They last almost forever, can be stored outdoors and are tall enough for a mature tomato plant (5’ high and 18” wide) and the openings are big enough for one pound tomatoes to pass through (6”x6”).
I recommend a minimum of 3 cages. Why? That way you’ll have enough tomatoes for your household and to give away, also because 3 or more cages touching each other in a triangle (or a square) are the right spacing for tomatoes and most importantly, tying the tops together with twine will keep them from blowing over without the hassle of staking them.

Look forward to seeing this weekend.
In other news.....

* Two of my stories and five pictures are in the April issue of Horticulture magazine. One story is about Deer-Resistant Gardens and the other is about a 3 Sisters-inspired garden with asparagus, strawberries and an heirloom purple raspberry.

* Chris and I will be selling plants propagated from our garden at the Duke Gardens Plant and Craft Sale on Sat. April 24, 2010. Our plants will be priced to sell out (so we don't have to water them while we're on vacation) so come early for native plants, shade and drought hardy groundcovers, etc.
* Starting on Jan. 13th, I'll be offering slideshow programs on gardens and landscapes around the world at King's Daughters Inn.

* Starting in Jan. 14, 2010 I'll be teaching:
Bull City Politics: Who's Who, What's What
and How You Can Make a Difference

* Starting Jan. 16th, 2010, the winter session of my
First Breath of Spring Garden Academy begins.

"The cost of these classes is the best money I've spent on gardening in quite some time."
--Nancy Proia

* Watch a 90 sec. video highlight of a garden class at
courtesy of videographer Bill Elias.

* You can find out about gift certificates for classes, consultations and my custom clothesline posts--on the left also.

* Two of my scupltures have been accepted in the Durham Art Guild juried show, which runs from Nov. 20 to Jan. 22, 2010. Look for my Tinbrella and Digital Freedom.

* Sold a story about our "Lawnlet" to Horticulture magazine last year and have two articles in the April issue about deer-resistant gardens and a 3 Sisters type garden. 

* Working with an editor from Fine Gardening magazine on a story about gravel paths.

* Had a story about our successful campaign to legalize hens in Durham in Backyard Poultry magazine.

* Led a tour of Duke Gardens for some delightful tourists on behalf of Savvy Event Designs.

*  You can now see a short video of the creation of my burnt field sculpture called:
"If Columbus Never Came", by clicking on

The video is dedicated to John Blackfeather of the
Occaneechi-Saponi tribe
. Video editing provided by Josh Gibson.

The text near the end of the video needs some improvement, which we are working on. TIll then, the same text is visible here with the still photos:



* My Mediterranean garden at Mad Hatter restaurant won a Golden Leaf Appearance Award. (Two other gardens I've designed have been nominated)

* My home garden and I were featured in the May issue of the Durham Flyer: http://www.thedurhamflyer.com/yard_art.html

* The candidate for whom I managed a campaign  in the spring of 2008 for Durham County Commissioner--Brenda Howerton--won her seat in the primary by about 550 votes.

* Two non-profits have asked me to submit proposals for site-specific sculptures. (It's always possible to not get the commissions, but it's always nice to be asked). Also, I've opened Ramshackle Studio at Durham Art Place--Dan Ellison's building in the old Palms Restaurant building.

* Two publishers  and an agent have  asked me to consider submitting a garden book proposal.

* Requests for my garden programs continue to roll in. Check the Garden Lectures page for the latest schedule. Upcoming dates:  1/20/09 in Fearrington, 2/5 at Duke Gardens, 2/11 in Roxboro, 2/14 at UNC-G , 4/5 and 4/10 at the Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill, 5/30 at Tryon Palace in New Bern and 9/17/09 at the JC Raulston Arboretum. And booking up for the winter of 2010 as well, with programs in Jan. and Feb. for the Treyburn Garden Club,Town and Country Garden Club, Va. Horticulture Foundation, Carolina Farm Stewardship Assoc. and the Organic Growers School in Asheville, NC. 

Hope to see you at least at one event. Also, you can check the links to my essays and my sculptures on their respective pages--enjoy!

Frank Hyman
1412 N. Mangum St.
Durham, NC 27701

My bio:
Few garden designers have Frank’s breadth of education or experience: he studied horticulture under the late JC Raulston, namesake of NCSU’s arboretum and learned design from  Tracy Traer, Denis Wood and Will Hooker, who has had several installations at the NC Museum of Art. Frank is also a stonemason, carpenter and sculptor; he learned stonemasonry from the late Arch Haithcock of Blue Ridge Stone, learned carpentry from Green builder Mark Marcoplos and apprenticed with Raleigh's first organic landscaper, Bob Mulder.

In his youth Frank farmed organic vegetables in Granville County, picked oranges in Spain and worked for tomato farmers in SC. He restricts his garden design/plant/build business, called Cottage Garden Landscaping, to what he calls the “bungalow neighborhoods” of inner city Durham and yet manages to stay booked up as much as 6 months in advance. He uses his knowledge to create innovative and beautiful gardens that don’t need babying. Frank has written about gardening for nearly 20 years in the N&O, Herald-Sun, Independent Weekly, Carolina Gardener, Backyard Poultry and Horticulture magazines. He gardens with his wife, Chris Crochetiere, at Bayleaf Cottage, their home in Durham.