Betty Montgomery: Pearl Fryar’s inspirational topiary garden

Pearl Fryar with Hedge Trimmer

“From the moment I plant a tree, I start pruning it into the design I want. The designs are all in my mind.” — Pearl Fryar

Just at the edge of town in Bishopville, is a whimsical garden created by Pearl Fryar. This garden is filled with trees and shrubs carved into arches, spirals and many different kinds of geometric shapes; a garden unlike any other I have visited. Fryar’s creations are not typical topiaries, the ones you often see in magazines. His creations are abstract, magical designs that he has created from different evergreen plants. Each of his creations has a personality of its own. If you have never heard of Fryar, I would like to tell you his fascinating history.

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