When my photographer friend Jennie shared a Facebook link for the Garden Club of South Carolina photography contest at the Pearl Fryar Topiary Gardens in Bishopville SC, we both were grabbing our cameras and ready for a quick Sunday morning road trip.
After the 'tradition' of stopping at the nearby Waffle House, landscaped with several of Mr. Fryar's work, we were greeted bright and early by Mr. Fryar and welcomed to tour the garden and yard surrounding his home. Such a quiet and gentle man ~ slipping back into his home as quietly as he came out, allowing us to enjoy the serenity of the gardens he has created.
For the next two hours we explored every angle of his creations and marveled at how he could make a tree or shrub that wasn't suppose to be 'topiary material' work into the shapes we were seeing. His work seemed to go on and on, not a space left uncovered without some special metal addition, wind chime or water fall to add to the perfectly trimmed hedges.
Our visit and our photos were quiet different from the normal children and wildlife photography that I enjoy the most and the landscape and architectural photography that Jennie leans toward. But homeward bound with the assignment from the Garden Club of submitting up to three photos without descriptions, only a title in the categories of:
The Garden, The Message, and The Man.
I hope you will enjoy my interpretation of Mr. Pearl Fryar's Topiary Garden ~
THE GARDEN ~
~You Shall Be Like A Watered Garden ~
~Sunshine In My Heart~
~Love Binds Us Together~
~Faith Plants the Seed, Love Makes It Grow~
~Through My Minds Eyes~
~I Shall Watch Over You~
~I Will Pour Water on a Thirsty Land~
All started from a few tossed out seedlings and a desire to have a 'Yard of the Month'...
Yet now, a much deeper meaning to those who visit. Mr. Fryar shows those from the young to the elderly that you
never give up on your dreams!
Additional photos of the garden can be viewed under the Pearl Fryar Topiary Garden in the Galleries Section.