The Pearl Fryar Topiary Gardens are located in Bishopville, SC, and include the yard around Pearl’s house along with the adjacent lot. Before he bought the land it was a cornfield, and he started all the planting that is now maturing on the lots back in the mid-eighties.
I became familiar with the work of Pearl Fryar when he gave a tree-shaping demonstration during an NCSU Gregg Art Gallery event last year. He’s a self-taught topiary artist, learning on his own and following his own rules. At the demonstration he spoke at length about the need for folks to follow their own path, learn on their own, and about the merits of vocational schools and working with our hands.
I’ve never seen plants and trees sculpted quite like Pearl does it, and am intrigued at how he gets the ideas for his work.