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Frank Hyman makes his living from his avocations: writing, speaking, photography, horticulture, garden design, stonemasonry, carpentry and sculpture.

Frank Hyman has created beautiful and sustainable gardens in Durham for 20 years as the owner of Cottage Garden Landscaping. He studied horticulture and design at NC State University under the late JC Raulston (who was named one of the world’s top 25 horticulturists of all time by Horticulture magazine). He is also a stonemason, carpenter, metalworker and sculptor.

In addition to hundreds of gardens created for homeowners, he 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 colorful, edible, fragrant, drought-hardy, deer-resistant, low-maintenance, organic and just plain pretty. His Mediterranean garden at the Mad Hatter restaurant and the gardens he designed at the Trinity Park Park won awards from Durham’s Appearance Commission.

More than 40 articles and 60 photos about gardening by Frank have appeared in Horticulture, Urban Farm, American Gardener, Carolina Gardener, Backyard Poultry, Hobby Farm Home, Urban Farm and Fine Gardening magazines. His work has also been published in newspapers like the Independent Weekly, the News & Observer, Durham Herald-Sun and the NY Times. He has spoken on gardening at Duke Gardens, the JC Raulston Arboretum, the Carolina Inn, UNC-G, Tryon Palace, the McLaughlin Garden (voted prettiest public garden in Maine), for the Carolina Farm Stewardship Assoc., the Organic Growers School, VA Horticulture Foundation and for garden clubs from Charlotte to Chapel Hill. He teaches classes on gardening in the winter and late summer at Stone Bros. & Byrd Garden Center.

Frank has picked oranges in Spain, strawberries in France, 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 has co-founded three community gardens.

Frank lives in Durham, NC at Bayleaf Cottage with his wife Chris Crochetiere. You can learn more at his website: