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It was a great experience seeing the Garden but even better meeting Mr Fryar! Great time for me and... read more

Reviewed July 28, 2018
Howard D
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College Station
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Amazing! Pearl is 1 of those patient types who can get more done in a single day than the rest of... read more

Reviewed July 19, 2018
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Townville, South Carolina
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Reviewed November 9, 2017

A sign on the main road leads to the the garden the end of a small street in a residential area. The first part of the street is nothing exceptional until one comes upon Mr. Fryar's house which is surrounded by his fantastical creations. The large lot abounds with his masterpieces both topiary plants and sculptures. It is a peaceful spot and one can roam around taking in the beauty of the place. There is no entrance fee but donations can be given. There is a large parking area opposite the house that can accommodate RVs. Interestingly all the properties past Mr. Fryar's have emulated his efforts and some beautiful creations are displayed.
We had the opportunity to meet and chat with Mr. Fryar which was worth the trip itself. He is a very interesting man who sponsors students scholarships to a technical college and has also been a motivational speaker at Harvard and Berkeley.

1  Thank Michael L
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Reviewed October 13, 2017

Located off the beaten path in the small town of Bishopville in a residential area, the topiary garden flourishes around Mr. Fryer's home obviously developed as a labor of love and offering visitors a beautiful respite from the busyness of the day and travel. Although some of the bushes and trees seem to have recognizable shapes, the majority seemed to have been shaped with free-flowing whimsy. The garden offers the opportunity to wander and admire while renewing the spirit with it's beauty. We found Mr. Fryer repairing a weed eater and had an interesting visit. He is knowledgeable and enjoys the company from all over the world who come to see his garden. Admission is free although there is a box for donations that Mr. Fryer uses to help with maintenance and to provide scholarships for young people. We noticed that as we drove up the street, numerous neighbors also had topiary hedges and bushes in their yards that imitate and enhance those in Mr. Fryer's garden. The necessary facility for a rest stop is a bathroom building nestled in one corner of the garden providing a welcome necessary. Artistic talent is seen in the shaped bushes and trees, but also in the fountains scattered throughout made from "found materials" such as an old pot bellied stove, and collection of musical horns, as well as, Mr. Fryer's driveway and walkways with their interesting brick, block and stone placements. This beautiful and restful garden is well worth the trek off the main routes just to enjoy.

2  Thank Anne T
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Reviewed September 18, 2017

Based on the reviews, I made a point of routing us from Atlanta to Raleigh NC via Bishopville on a day other than Sunday (when the topiary is closed). It was a lovely stop-over and worth the side-trip. We were the only guests at the time, and Mr. Fryar was ever so chatty. His metal sculptures were as interesting as the topiaries. I cannot imagine the time he must spend! I have added the DVD of "A Man Named Pearl" to my Netflix queue.

1  Thank TJandTR
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Reviewed August 22, 2017

The Topiary Garden was absolutely beautiful. I can't believe all the work that he put into this garden to make it so eye appealing. Mr. Fryer was an amazing host and we enjoyed speaking with him about his hobby. It is a VERY worthwhile place to visit. There is no admission fee but you can leave a donation to help him maintain this beautiful site.

1  Thank Sabina M
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Reviewed August 21, 2017

This is a wonderful place to see...Mr. Fryar has worked long and hard on this property. Seeing this apparently inspired his neighbors to give this topiary thing a try also! This is a free stop in Bishopville and if you are lucky Mr. Fryar will come out and talk to you about his work and who he is and where he is from. He is a very interesting man and for all of the years that he has kept this place going it is amazing to see. This is a don't miss stop on Hwy 20 in a nice, well kept neighborhood. Must see...don't miss....we wish Mr. Fryar all the best in the years to come.

1  Thank Judy K
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