Welcome to my website--WWW.FRANKHYMAN.COM

(there is a website upgrade in the works!!)

(Or go to my political site: www.bluecollarcomeback.com)

(Or check out www.hentopiacoops.com if you want to know about DIY chicken keeping.)

If you want to get on the list for my infrequent, yet informative newsletter or want to contact me for other reasons send an email to: frankhyman2020@yahoo.com

World's Best Tomato Cages will be for sale again in March of 2022.

Click on Classes page to learn about upcoming classes on foraging wild mushrooms and plants, creating deer-resistant gardens and time-savers in the garden.

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

Looking for garden programs? 

Click on "Classes and Lectures" on your left! :-)

Recent News for 2019...

* My book--Hentopia--on very-low-maintenance and very-low-cost chicken keeping is available at bookstores now! The first printing of 13,000 copies was spoken for in the first month. So they've started the second printing. It's published by Storey, the biggest publisher of gardening and homesteading books.

* My column, "Houseplant Hacks" ran in Horticulture magazine. My first story was about upcycling wine corks into an attractive, organic, permanent mulch for potted plants.

* My column "Feral Feast" has been in Paleo magazine and also in Hobby Farms magazine.  In it I share tips on foraging mushrooms, wild edible plants, oysters and even seaweed. The column also contains recommendations on foraging books, websites and finding local foragers to learn from. My next book--The Absolute Beginner's Guide to Foraging Mushrooms Without Dying--comes out end of September of 2021.

(For those who may be counting, foraging makes my ninth avocation that I've brought up to a professional level. That pattern has allowed me to go without a day job since 1992. Maybe I need to write a book about how to ditch your day job....)

* You can read my "Cutting Edge Crops"
column about cultivating high-dollar edibles in Hobby Farm magazine online.

* You can read my Chicken Feed Cafe column in Chickens magazine available in Durham, NC at the Regulator Bookshop.

*You could read four of my stories in 
Organic Gardening magazine about rice farmers, Organic Denmark, trellising tomatoes and Carolina Gold rice until they went bust.  :-(

* Read my stories about the only tea plantation in the US and the Do's and Don'ts of WWOOFing at Modern Farmer magazine.

* Look for my story about shade tolerant edibles and how to make a gravel path in Fine Gardening magazine.

* Check out my gardening videos on my How-To Video page (thanks to Bill Elias for his video/audio/web loading work!).

* On Groundhog Day (2/2/15) I organized and led a chefs-only foraging program and wild foods tasting menu (prepared by Tanith Tyrr) at King's Daughters Inn of Durham. We sold out 32 seats at $95 a pop. Eighteen of 32 attendess filled out evaluations, almost everyone giving us top marks and many requests to "do this again."

* 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, 2014 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.

* The garden I designed/installed with the help of the Trinity Park Garden Club won an award from the Durham City Appearance Commission as did a garden I created for the Mad Hatter restaurant a dozen years ago.


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 occasional email newsletter with free gardening advice, news of my classes, lectures, tomato cage 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:
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
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.

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 as an IPM scout 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 since 1990 in the N&O, Herald-Sun, Independent Weekly, Carolina Gardener, Backyard Poultry, Horticulture and many other magazines. He gardens with his wife, Chris Crochetiere, at Bayleaf Cottage, their home in Durham.