Pearl Fryar’s Topiary Garden grown from rescued plants

Gardening legend Pearl Fryar has created a whimsical topiary at his garden, in South Carolina, with many plants which were rescued from the compost pile at local nurseries.

Self-taught and armed with a hedge trimmer, Pearl Fryar has worked for more than 20 years to create and maintain the impressive topiaries across his three-acre garden. Homemade sculptures, fondly referred to as “junk-art” by Pearl Fryar, is also placed around the garden.

Visitors come from all over the world to visit Pearl Fryar’s Topiary Garden in the small town of Bishopville, South Carolina.

When Pearl Fryar first moved to the area in 1981, he was subjected to the racial stereotype that “as an African American, he wouldn’t keep up his yard” by his neighbours. Determined to quash that judgement, Pearl Fryar went on to win “Yard of the Month” from the local garden club.

Since then, Pearl Fryar has transformed his three-acre property into a natural wonderland of over 300 topiaries, which he tends to daily. His plants grow with a whole lot of TLC as the self-taught gardener doesn’t use pesticides or fertilisers in his garden. He rarely even waters his plants, leaving Mother Nature to take care of that. And even plants not meant to grow in South Carolina’s climate, flourish under his care.

Pearl Fryar Topiary Garden

Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyle including sustainable and green living. She also offers content services to businesses and individuals at

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