From, as Mr. Pearl puts it, "just cutting up bushes", he has become an international celebrity. He has been featured in newspapers, magazines, tv shows and has even been the subject of a documentary called " A Man Called Pearl".
I had wanted to visit his garden for a long time. My sister-in-law and I set off to finally see it and we had no idea of the adventure to come. I might have, or might not have, gotten us a little lost by misreading the directions. When we finally arrived on an extremely humid day, Mr. Pearl was in his garden along with a journalist from National Geographic Television interviewing him. We were thrilled to be able to talk to Mr. Pearl and then the journalist asked to interview one of us. So my sister-in-law was interviewed for TV!!
The garden is internationally known. In fact, when we were visiting the other visitors were a couple from Poland. The garden is FREE and open from Tuesday through Saturday. Mr. Pearl is usually in his garden greeting visitors.
All the statues and fountains in the garden were created from recycled material ,or as Mr. Pearl says, "Junk".
|My favorite part of the garden were definitely these "Dr. Seuss" trees. Aren't they cool?|
A very inspirational man, Pearl Fryar started giving scholarships to "C" students - those who think outside the box and are not followers, who might not be able to go to college otherwise.
If you are interested in visiting the Pearl Fryar Topiary Garden you can get any info you need here - or you can donate toward his scholarships here also
I know, I know.... I say this alot. But if you have a chance to visit this garden, do it. You'll be glad you did!!
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