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

Recent News in 2014...

* Starting with the Jan./Feb. issue of Urban Farm magazine, I'll be writing the Feral Food column about foraging for mushrooms, ramps, juneberries and other wild edibles. 

* I'll also be helping organic farmers learn how to forage wild foods to sell to chefs at the Carolina Farm Stewardship conference in Greenville, SC November 10-12, 2014.     (For those who may be counting, this makes foraging my ninth avocation that I've brought up to a professional level. That pattern has allowed me to go wenty-two years without a dayjob. Maybe I need to write about book about how to ditch the day job....)

* You can read my Green Thumb 
column about cultivating edibles in Urban Farm magazineavailable in Durham, NC at the Regulator Bookshop. 

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

*You can read my four stories in 
Organic Gardening magazine about rice farmers, Organic Denmark, trellising tomatoes and Carolina Gold rice. 

* Read my story about the only tea plantation in the US at Modern Farmer magazine.

* Look for my story about shade tolerant edibles in Fine Gardening magazine.

* Check out my gardening videos on my How-To Video page (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
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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.
 
Where:
1412 N. Mangum St.   Parking on the street.
 
When:
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)
 
What:
Frank and Chris’ Plant Sale to Replenish Their Travel Fund
 
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* 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.

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

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

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You may contact me at
my email address
to let me know if you want to receive my occasional 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
919-824-2239
(Zone 7)




Latest news:

The World’s Best Tomato Cages
for sale for $12 each (cash or check only please)
in April, 2015 only at

1412 N. Mangum St, Durham, NC 27701
919-824-2239
frankhyman@liberatedgardener.net

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.

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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.



"The cost of Frank's 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
http://vimeo.com/2872427
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
 http://www.vimeo.com/4709058

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:

www.pbase.com/d100nik/if_columbus_never_came




IN OTHER NEWS....

* 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.


Frank Hyman
1412 N. Mangum St.
Durham, NC 27701
919-824-2239
fincaminor@mindspring.com

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.