Jan 21, 2012

SPOTLIGHT: "A Man Named Pearl"


I had heard about Mr. Pearl Fryar and his topiary art for quite a number of years.  Making It Grow, a local show.  had shown him and his work. It impressed me but I never took the time to go see it.  It seems if you live in an area you tend not to enjoy all that the area has to offer. I don't know why that is, but so often that is the case.

Chuck and I went this past Monday to Bishopville to actually pick up chicken feed. We were on our way home when we saw his sign. Chuck said, " let's go."  I told him, " we probably had to make reservations to see it"...but off we went.  When we stopped I told him, " I was going to sit in the car and take a few pics."  Well that lasted all of one second. I barely gave him time to stop the car before I was out with camera in hand.  I stood in amazement, mouth open in awe. It seemed to me as if the plants were dancing, moving, just beautiful!

Time passed so quickly, before I knew it. we had been there quite a while.   I had taken 135 pictures!

Mr. Fryar's cats had decided that they liked me and I them.

My pictures do not do justice to the beauty of his work. You have to be there to witness the creativity. The garden has a life of it's own.






Look at the smoke coming out of the chimney!
I love this picture so homey and so welcoming.

     Mr. Fryar, you have accomplished what you set out to do.
 I left there feeling, amazed and so ......well I can't explain it!

  Please if you are in South Carolina visit this garden and you will see what I mean.

Thank you Mr. and Mrs. Pearl Fryar
for sharing your life and your gardens with all of us.
Look at it for this time of the year can you imagine how it must look in the Spring?

One of Mr. Fryar's sayings:

“I want people to leave with that message…Life is about choices, about love and peace, and if you accomplish them in that order, life is going to be good.”



  1. Dolly,
    We have been meaning to go visit Pearl Fryer's place, but we just haven't made the time to go. Now that I've seen your photos, we must go soon. He is an amazing man!

  2. Dear Dolly,
    I just viewed all of your lovely photos from My Fryar's garden and the grounds are truly breathtakingly beautiful. I'm sure glad you let the hubby stop the car, haha. I need my Hibiscus House fix dear, no standing on train tracks. I am so grateful that you shared this humble man's great work, what a labor of love. I hope to get to see it someday too. Til then, I'll dream about it often.

    1. Heidi, You make me laugh!!!!! Crazy girl I love it so much when you visit! Makes my day. I hope you get to come to SC and see his work and visit with us that would be great!

  3. How lucky you are to see the garden in person -- I've seen it as segments on different shows. He is amazing!

  4. Hi Martha, I wish you could have gone with me. It is so much prettier than my pictures can show. I agree with you he is amazing.

  5. Lucky you! I saw him on tv a few years ago. They featured him and I think it was called A Man Named Pearl. His website was so bogged down afterwards it took a couple of days to be able to get on there. He is quite something!

  6. You are lucky I have not seen his documentary yet, I am going to buy it so I can see it. So good you stopped by Lizabeth.

  7. Wow, that is amazing!! How wonderful that you live so close. Yes, you need to go back in the spring and take some more pictures for us, hehe!

  8. Hi Dolly, what an amazing place to visit. I would have been just like you and snapping photos like crazy. You are fortunate to live so close by. Enjoyed your photos so much, I'm a topiary lover!

    The French Hutch

  9. Hi Emily, glad you came by, I am glad to know that I am not by myself...I just saw your beautiful blog from the link and enjoyed it so much. Come back anytime.

  10. I am completely in awe! I will definitely put this on my list of things to do when going to SC - was going this weekend to visit family - but they're all sick! Sooo would have stopped by! Thanks so much for sharing - I had never heard of him - made my day! Love it! Thank you for sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  11. Thank you Kathy! I hope you will go and see his garden. You will not regret it. I hope your folks are better soon. I am so glad you have the Home and Garden Thursday I really enjoy it.