The Influence of Pearl Fryar: Topiary Bringing Joy

Many of you have seen the movie, A Man Named Pearl.  If you haven’t, do.  It’s about a man who had no idea of the limitations of topiary art, so he just started pruning and hacking and created a kingdom to behold.

But better yet, hie thee down to Bishopville, South Carolina, as I did recently, and check out Pearl’s yard yourself.  It was positively inspiring, especially for fans of Dr. Seuss.  I don’t know that Pearl claims any inspiration of Dr. Seuss, but the whole place looked like a lorax is probably in residence.

You can tour Pearl’s gardens (and maybe even meet the man himself; there’s always next time for me for that).  Check out his website for hours and directions (it’s just off the interstate, I-20).  Pearl’s website even points out landmarks along the way (including the Waffle House featured in the movie, an establishment where Pearl and his bride eat most days in exchange for him having worked topiary magic in the parking lot).

For now, you can enjoy what I saw.  One or two of these might even be at Pearl’s neighbors’ homes (I was snapping right and left with my trusty camera).  The great thing is when the other folks on Broad Acres Road saw Pearl’s dexterity with a chainsaw, they all wanted lessons. And now the whole street is geometrically inspiring.

This is my latest advertisement for hitting the road and for providing a silver lining for his neighbors and town.  Who knows what’s just off the highway?