Friends of the Arboretum Lecture

"Foraging Wild, Edible Plants (Many of Which are in Your Own Back Yard)"
Frank Hyman, Cottage Garden Landscaping

  • Thursday, December 8, 2016 – 7:30 pm9:00 pm

Even before the Native Americans discovered agriculture, they lived off the land by foraging wild, edible plants and you can too. Sort of. Frank Hyman will share photographs and stories of harvesting from plants that don't need a gardener to tend them. Many of these plants are natives. Some of these plants are endangered yet can be grown by gardeners at home. Many of these plants are being sold for ridiculously high prices to chefs. You can get up to $12 a pound for chickweed. Can you get that much for lettuce? Come learn how to gather wild, edible flowers, fruit, leaves, shoots, roots, and even sap from yards, fields, and forests around you.

ostrich fern

About Frank Hyman

Frank Hyman has a B.S. in horticulture from NC State University and has operated Cottage Garden Landscaping for 24 years in Durham, North Carolina. He has learned to forage wild, edible plants and mushrooms from foragers in the Carolinas, California, Manhattan, Maine, Quebec, Catalonia, Provence, Umbria, and Tuscany. He is certified to legally sell mushrooms in two states and writes the Feral Feast foraging column for Paleo magazine and has written about growing ramps for Modern Farmer magazine. He has taught foraging to organic farmers, chefs, and the general public. He also cultivates two-dozen wild, edible plants in his garden and is working on a book called Growing the Savage Garden. Learn more about him at

Free for Friends of the JC Raulston Arboretum members, NC State University students (with ID), and Department of Horticultural Science faculty and staff, all others $5.00.
Advance registration is not available.
Ruby C. McSwain Education Center, JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University, 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh, North Carolina.
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Free parking is available at the JC Raulston Arboretum and along Beryl Road.
Please call (919) 513-7005 for more information about this lecture.