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Four Things to Know About Pearl Fryar
Posted: Tue 04/03/2012 08:00 AM
Set your alarm Sunday morning—you won't want to miss A Man Named Pearl. The uplifting documentary introduces us to Pearl Fryar, a self-taught topiary artist who creates an award-winning garden for his community to enjoy and inspires countless others.
His Guests: For more than 20 years, Pearl Fryar has welcomed students and other visitors to his garden. Pearl's garden receives approximately 10,000 visitors per year.
His Example: Pearl's garden has inspired his neighbors to explore their own creative potential. As they watched his garden grow, Pearl's neighbors picked up techniques and ideas and created their own living sculptures. In doing so, they developed their own creative abilities and transformed their neighborhood.
His Dream: As visitors listen to Pearl describe the patient process of guiding a small shrub to its final height of 20 feet, they learn that long-term efforts can yield extraordinary results. Pearl is especially dedicated to capturing the attention of at-risk children who may be in danger of "falling through the cracks". His dream is to inspire youth who have creative abilities and to help them find the confidence to obtain the skills needed to pursue creative goals.
His Garden's Future: Now in his 70s, Pearl hopes to pass on his artistic vision and innovative techniques to successors. The Pearl Fryar Topiary Garden, Inc. (PFTG) and the Garden Conservancy are also working together to raise funds to buy the property from Pearl to preserve his creative masterpiece and support his vision of love, peace and goodwill. Learn more at www.pearlfryar.com.