A Man Named Pearl

In 2006, the documentary A Man Named Pearl was released to critical acclaim.  The film was directed and produced by Scott Galloway and Brent Pierson. Since its release, it has won awards and has been screened throughout the country and shown on multiple cable television channels.

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A Man Named Pearl, Documentary produced by Scott Galloway and Brent Pierson; Distributed by
Shadow Distributors, Inc., Waterville, ME.

Award Name
Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Special Award
South Carolina Arts Commision
Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award
Coker College
eta Creative Arts Foundation
“Thriving Through Change” gala honoree
Arch of Triumph gala honoree
Johnson C. Smith University
SC Legislative Black Caucus Chairman Award
Richard Allen Award
Allen University
Medal of Honor in the Arts
Winthrop University
Small tree
Pearl Fryar Day
declared by Mayor of Bishopville
May 6, 2006
Blue Ribbon award
Turner South
SC Ambassador for Economic Development
Pearl Fryar Day
designated by the SC House of Representatives
June 27, 1998
Key to the City of Davidson, N.C.
Key to the City of Bishopville, S.C.
Key to the City of Columbia, S.C.

Herald-Journal, "Pearl Fryar’s inspirational topiary garden," January 23, 2018

The Healing Power of ART & ARTISTS, "Topiary Art with Messages of Love, Peace and Goodwill," March 24, 2015.

Charlotte Magazine, "The Pearl Fryar Topiary Garden," February 18, 2015

Please scroll down for past media attention.

Charlotte Observer, "Famous SC artist uses plants to teach about life," December 25, 2014.

National Geographic, "See What This Man Can Create From a Bush," October 24, 2014.

Lee County Observer, "Friends of Pearl Fryar's Topiary Garden present scholarships to local students," August 6, 2014.

Guideposts Magazine, "The Way God Makes Them Grow", May 2013.

Charlotte Observer, September 18, 2012.  "The Ultimate Clip Joint."

Southwest Airlines Spirit Magazine featured Pearl in its June 2012 edition. The article "Power of One" looks at individuals who have found happiness in selfless giving (scroll to the bottom to read about Pearl).

Cleveland Plain Dealer article "Topiary artist Pearl Fryar to speak, demonstrate work in Youngstown" about Pearl and his May 2012 appearance in Youngstown, Ohio.

"The Ultimate Clip Joint", John Bordsen, Charlotte Observer, September 18, 2012.

"Power of One", Southwest Airlines Spirit Magazine, June 2012. Scroll to the bottom to read about Pearl.

"Topiary artist Pearl Fryar to speak, demonstrate work in Youngstown" Julie Washington, Cleveland Plain Dealer, May 2012.

Oprah's OWN channel started airing A Man Named Pearl on Super Soul Sunday in fall 2011.  Watch the trailer here.

Pearl and Longue Vue executive director Joe Baker were interviewed by news channel WWL-TV in October 2010.

Bishopville Man Cultivating His Dream. WACH Fox News, August 2010.

Planting Hope, Gates Foundation, 2010.

The Martha Stewart Show, 2010.

Pearl's 2009 John Deere commercial.

"As We This Garden," Beth Dow, Harper's Magazine, November 2010.

Southern Living magazine, September 2010.

“Bishopville topiary art teaches us key lessons,” Betty Montgomery, Times-News, August 9, 2010.

“Pearl gardens his way and shows you how to garden ‘the way you like’ too”, Kathy Van Mullekom, Daily Press, February 4, 2010.

Cover, the Garden Conservancy Newsletter, Fall 2009.

“Pearl’s Wisdom: Topiary artist creates works of organic art with a message” Mary James, San Diego Union-Tribune, August 16, 2009.

“Pearl of Wisdom”, Julie Degni Marr, Charlotte Living, July-August 2009.

“Topiarist Pearl Fryar,” Bobby J. Ward, Horticulture Magazine, August-September 2008.

“More of Pearl’s Wisdom”, Molly Glentzer, The Houston Chronicle, August 22, 2008.

“Garden Paradise: A Man Plants Seeds of Harmony”, Brendan Miniter, The Wall Street Journal, August 1, 2008.

“Topiarist Pearl Fryar sculpts green dreams”, Kathy Gilbert, Chattanooga Times Free Press, June 28, 2008.

“Clip Art: The Enchantment of Topiary”, Tom Woodham, Veranda, September 2007.

“S.C topiary guru cultivates his talent” Martha Tate, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, September 27, 2007.

A South Carolina garden that’ll grow on you”, Marty Barrick, Washington Post, August 10, 2007.

“Garden on Creativity”, Annette Thompson, Southern Living, July 2007.

Towering ambition gets loose in the yard,” William L. Hamilton, The New York Times, March 10, 2005.