Artist’s Day Out – Pearl’s Garden

If you haven’t been to Bishopville, SC to visit the Pearl Fryar Topiary Garden, add it to your list. And before you go, round up a group of school age children and take them with you.

With no previous topiary expereince, Pearl Fryar started his garden in the early 1980s. Many of his plants were “throwaways” he rescued from nursery compost piles. Today, his garden is protected by The Garden Conservancy and visitors come from around the world to meet him and see his garden… his art.

When we arrived, Pearl, surrounded by visiting students, was sharing his story and telling them that “just getting by, wasn’t enough.”

Pearl has also begun creating metal sculpture, which is throughout the garden along with messages of love, peace and goodwill.

Imagine how big this boxwood is!

As a late blooming,  non-degreed artist with my own share of  “throwaways” I’ve tried to salvage, I was inspired by Pearl’s story.

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