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South Carolina Man Creates Massive Garden From 300 Recycled Plants

By Brian Spaen

Nearly 35 years ago, one man went over major hurdles to prove that he belongs in the community after buying a house. His determination created the Pearl Fryar Topiary Garden, an extraordinary place that has been made out of recycled plants and is grown without the use of extra chemicals. It has become a sensational and inspirational attraction for visitors.

The garden is named after the man who made it all himself, Pearl Fryar. Its remarkable story begins when Fryar purchased his house in Bishopville, South Carolina. He was met with pushback from his neighborhood and initially he wasn’t going to be able to purchase the property. There was a running stereotype that African-Americans don’t keep up their yard. Instead of moving on, Fryar met the challenge head on and put in effort to win a “Yard of the Month” award.

In order to meet his goals, Fryar was able to save throwaway plants at a local nursery. This would range from shrubs and little plants all the way to trees that were as high as 30 feet. Not only was he able to score the award, but over 300 plants later, he’s created a large and magnificent garden in his very own backyard.