Pearl Fryar creates graceful archways, whimsical characters, gigantic abstract shapes, and hedges carved into intricate designs.
For a guy who just wanted to win Yard of the Month, Pearl Fryar has come a long, long way. Nearly 30 years later, he’s an accomplished topiary artist whose 3-acre garden in Bishopville, South Carolina, is a pruned and snipped fantasy of shapes. He started it in the early 80s, coaxing shapes from masses of green—and, thank goodness, he never stopped the tireless pruning and the pampering. You’re welcome to stroll his grounds, taking your time to see about 124 separate works there. You can also see a number of spots enhanced by his creative touch around the state.