How about that for an entrance?
The Car Park
The mailperson must smile everyday!
Across the street from his home was a vacant grass lot where visitors could park. Then there's a little welcome stand where you can get a brochure and leave a donation. It all seemed so relaxed and simple, and welcoming. As I started walking around, I could feel a sense of pride in the air, an artist's work wanting and deserving to be seen.
Lovely pink Camelia
Lichen-covered bark of Hollywood Juniper
Pearl has also introduced different bits of garden art throughout the landscape, creating a heightened whimsical feel and some comedy relief. There's no shortage of fun here.
Love it: rather 'Alice in Wonderland'-esque
Pearl's influence in the neighborhood...
...and his work at the local Waffle House
Pearl's story is one that you can't help but applaud and appreciate. His passion and knowledge are evident and despite a circuitous route to horticulture, he has proven that where there's a will, there's a way. Like some of us, he started his garden by rescuing throw-away plants from the dump or compost heap. Over the last twenty plus years he has created a topiary masterpiece with little training or prior experience. The following quote from his website sums it up:
I didn’t have any limitations because I really didn’t know anything about horticulture. I just figured I could do whatever I wanted to with any plant I had.” - Pearl Fryar
I was inspired not only by his story, but also by his work, and I highly recommend you visit his garden if you haven't already.