Topiary gardens are made by careful pruning or clipping of shrubs’ foliage to form shapes and designs. It is considered an art, and all topiaries are living sculptures. Pearl uses all types of shrubs in his garden and has achieved an ever-green garden that looks beautiful no matter the season. He saved many of the specimens he now grows from the discard pile in nurseries and has been a dedicated to the topiary garden since the 1980’s. Pearl says that no two plants are ever cut the same way and once he creates a piece of artwork he never makes a duplicate.
The grounds are breathtaking, and Pearl’s narrative makes the place hold a little more magic. He’s never had any formal training in the horticulture field—rather he went to college for chemistry and math. After a job in New York, Pearl moved to Bishopville, South Carolina. What is now a world-renowned topiary was then, in 1980, just a corn field. Pearl had a goal—win Yard of the Month—and then through years of hard work, his topiary blossomed and grew into what visitors see today. He says that his success is about three things: work, passion, and marketing. Pearl also firmly believes that if you do something really well and talk to 100 people about it, someone will help you. Enjoy the pictures below and download his garden guide to learn more about each spectacular area.
To learn more about Pearl Fryar’s Topiary Garden, visit his website or his property at 145 Broad Acres Road, Bishopville, SC 29010.
By Roberta Burns.