Pearl Fryar's Topiary Gardens – Bishopville, Lee County, South Carolina
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Pearl Fryar Topiary Garden – OverviewA Cut Above – When Pearl Fryar moved to Bishopville in 1976, the three acres that surround his suburban ranch-style home consisted of nothing but flat, barren cornfields. In the early eighties, he began planting and pruning trees and shrubs. After two-and-a-half decades of near constant labor, he has transformed his yard into an internationally-known topiary garden that attracts 5,000 visitors a year. In May 2008, SCIWAY traveled to Bishopville to meet Mr. Fryar, who talked to us for the better part of two hours and treated us to ice cold bottles of water and our very first ride on a cherry picker!
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A Man Named Pearl – Documentary & ReviewsA feature-length documentary released across South Carolina in 2007, A Man Named Pearl is now taking national film festivals by storm.
The Future of Pearl Fryar's Topiary GardensThe Garden Conservancy, a national nonprofit preservation organization, has recently designated Fryar's garden as one of the Southeast's four most preservation-worthy garden properties. Together with the newly-formed Friends of Pearl Fryar's Topiary Gardens, their goal is to ensure that Fryar's masterpiece will grow and thrive for years to come.
Pearl in Pictures: Videos, Photos, and Podcasts of Fryar and His GardenAlmost all the links in our guide contain pictures of Fryar's amazing topiaries. The links below are dedicated to documenting Fryar's artwork via video and photographs. (The last link leads to a podcast of one of Fryar's lectures.)
Pearl Fryar – Further Reading
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