Pearl Fryar's fascination with sculpting trees and bushes began with a simple challenge--to win the community’s "yard of the month" award. The topiary bug bit and Pearl began transforming the landscape around his house into a gallery of abstract forms, shaping native and exotic plants with garden shears and a hedge trimmer. Pearl's topiary work is not about instant gratification, but is the result of years of cultivation and pruning. Though topiary art has been around for thousands of years, Pearl's work often fits into categories of modern art, including ephemeral and nature based work.
Pearl attributes his passion for topiary to art scholars and promoters who had supported his work early in its development. In the past few years, Pearl has been featured on Home and Garden Television, Discovery Channel, a New York Times article and been the subject of many other news and documentary stories. Bishopville has welcomed the worldwide attention, and Pearl's influence can be seen in the growing number of topiaries scattered throughout the town’s neighborhoods and streets.
Visit: Pearl Fryar's Topiary Garden
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