Perennial Vegetables: Plant Once, Reap Twice (or More)

Frank Hyman, Cottage Garden Landscaping

  • Saturday, August 17, 2019 – 9:00 am10:30 am

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Perennial vegetables are not fruits. The part you eat is the flower bud (artichoke), the spring shoot (asparagus, Solomon seal), the fiddlehead (ostrich fern), the leaf stalk (rhubarb, cardoon, lovage), the leaf (lovage, Burbank spineless cactus) or the root (sunchokes, ramps, giant Solomon seal, ground nuts).

All of these crops can be grown in the Carolinas. Under the right conditions, they produce good crops over a number of years without the need to pull, till, and replant a new crop every few months. Many of them are high dollar crops and/or have an underserved niche market.

Rheum rhabarbarum

Photograph by Dieter Weber (Wikimedia user: Uellue)

About Frank Hyman

Frank Hyman is a former organic farmer and IPM scout. He has a B.S. in horticulture and design from NC State University and has owned Cottage Garden Landscaping in Durham since 1992. He is a frequent guest speaker, consultant, and teacher. He is the Cutting Edge Crops columnist for Hobby Farms magazine and the author of the game-changing book, Hentopia. His stories and photographs have also appeared in Modern Farmer, Horticulture, Organic Gardening, Fine Gardening, and the New York Times. Learn more about him at

$25.00 for members, $30.00 for nonmembers.
Advance registration is required. Please register online using our registration e-store. Registration is limited to 24 people and is considered complete when payment is received.
Program cancellations can be made up to two weeks before the program's start date. A 15% cancellation fee applies.
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 class.