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Visiting the Pearl Fryar Topiary Garden

One of the most creative and unusual gardens in the country

Patricia Eckels is sharing photos of one of the most extraordinary gardens in the United States today, which was created by Pearl Fryar, an entirely self-taught sculptor of trees.

The Pearl Fryar Topiary Garden in Bishopville, South Carolina, is a 3-acre garden with 400 sculpted, trimmed, and shaped shrubs, trees, and plants. Mr. Fryar has been working on the topiaries for 20 years. He is now is his 80s, his health has been declining, and he is unable to keep up with his garden. Several organizations are working together to provide grants to preserve Fryar’s life work. People from the community have gotten together to weed, trim, and do everything they can. The only thing they can’t do is reach the high trees. They need a lift to do that and don’t have one as of today. Hopefully, they will be able to keep Mr. Fryar’s gardens beautiful with help.

The Pearl Fryar topiary garden sign A sign welcomes you to the garden.

intricately shaped shrubsThe sheer number of intricately shaped shrubs is almost overwhelming.

abstract shaped shrubs Pearl Fryar’s wild creativity is evident everywhere you look in the garden.

oddly shaped shrubsIt’s hard to imagine how much time it must take to keep all of these shrubs perfectly pruned.

some the tallest topiary sculpturesIt is easy to see why the garden needs a lift in order to maintain some of the tallest topiary sculptures.

movement shaped shrubs I love the way the shrubs are shaped so that they almost seem to ripple and move

Topiary shrubsTopiary is a very old art developed in European gardens, but Pearl Fryar has a unique take on it, creating forms like this that are utterly different than the traditional shapes used in topiary gardens.

Incredible shaped shrubsSome of the shrubs look almost like mythical animals inhabiting the garden. I hope this incredible garden can be preserved!

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  1. etgarv 10/07/2021

    Check out the documentary "A Man Named Pearl" from 2006. I was able to find a DVD at the library - or you may be able to stream it.

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    treasuresmom 10/07/2021

    Thank you, Patricia, for sharing the photos. I have a friend who visited a good many years back & Pearl was there working. She talked a good while with him & was so impressed with all he had done. It will be a real shame if this is lost.

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    SimpleSue 10/07/2021

    Amazing what sculptures can come out of patience and plants!
    Wow I will look for the documentary mentioned above!
    Thanks for sharing!

  4. Sheila_Schultz 10/07/2021

    I saw the documentary several years ago and was visually and emotionally blown away by his passion and skill. Pearl's work is extraordinary and as far as I'm concerned, he is an American Treasure. Thank you for sharing this with GPOD, Patricia.

  5. blondie3 10/08/2021

    Wow, is the garden open for tours? so inspiring..I would love to see it, will look for the documentary…thank you for sharing

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      pattyeckels 10/11/2021

      There are no tours per say. Anyone can go there and walk through his gardens. There is a donation box on the property.

  6. markrey214 10/13/2021

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    Wow very nice place. Thank you for sharing.

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