Bishopville, South Carolina: Pearl Fryar's Topiary GardenYard artist Pearl's hedge clippers are always busy, and seem to have a mind of their own in his broad suburban shapescape.
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While we were taking a class field trip to the Button King, we stopped at Pearl Fryar's Topiary Garden. He was not in town, but his estate said it was fine for us to walk around. The kids were absolutely amazed at all the weird plant sculptures. They all wanted their pictures taken in front of the bushes. The garden is littered with really cool art sculptures. While we were there, several men were working on the landscape (I'm not sure if Pearl still does his own yard work).
We walked down the road a few houses to a man who had a copycat yard (not as grand). He took some time and talked to my group about the yard art. He let one of our older kids hold his shears and cut a stray branch.[Danielle O., 11/23/2012]
You will feel like you have entered a Dr. Seuss wonderland and be moved to donate to his madness. He also has a number of metal sculptures and fountains. Easy to find.[Cris Swanlund, 12/03/2007]
Pearl Fryar (born 1939) moved to Bishopville from New York in 1982, bought a three-acre cornfield, and began his garden in an effort to win a yard-of-the-month award. His oldest plants are now 20 feet tall.
These plant sculptures are awesome and beautiful, looking like something from The Wizard of Oz. Mr. Fryar also "trims" the bushes in his neighbor's yards. The address of 145 is on his mailbox. But the topiary sculpture in his front yard is 165. I suspect he owns a double lot.
Mr. Fryar must have some very tall ladders to reach the tops of the trees.[Charlie Brown, 09/10/2006]
The only difference I can find between Pearl Fryer's Topiary Garden and examples of Dementia Concretia is the medium. Because he works in plants, everyone loves his sweeping, twisted, otherworldly shapes. The weird metal sculptures are kept to a minimum, and only the driveway shows the true nature of the disease.
If you decide to fill your yard with bizarre sculptures, remember that neighbors like plants but hate concrete.[Craig S. Thom, 06/25/2001]