April last year, I stopped to visit Pearl Fryer’s topiary garden. I have been an admirer for a very long time. As a volunteer regional representative for the Garden Conservancy’s Open Days tour, it did me proud when Pearl’s garden came under their protection.
It was a cold misty day when I visited April, 2008. I plan to go again. One night, a while back, the kids and I watched the documentary on Pearl. They, as was I, were wowed by the man and the garden. They want to see this garden. It’s in a neighborhood where one might otherwise feel like an intruder – sweet, quiet, quaint. But it’s OK, Pearl and the neighbors are use to the traffic. Even when I visited, on a cold and misty day with no one in sight, the garden was welcoming.
Here’s an expert from my journal…
By the sweet smell of wood smoke coming from his chimney, I assumed Pearl Fryer was home – inside warm, dry, and cozy – outside 50, drizzling, and gray. Yet the sculpted gardens were bright and cheerful. I finally had the chance to visit the amazing topiary gardens of Pearl’s dreams. I’m glad I did. Located in Bishopville, SC, this garden is now being preserved by the Garden Conservancy.