Be Here Now: Pearl Fryar @ the Mount, 7/17/11


There’s gardening.
There’s green thumb gardening.
And there’s the kind of gardening art that Pearl Fryar does.

It’s certainly no exaggeration to use the word “art” in describing the dazzling topiary work of the self-taught gardener. He calls his work “living sculpture,” and no doubt about it, he puts the culture in horticulture. Of course, you already know that if you’ve ever visited the Pearl Fryar Topiary Garden in Bishopville, South Carolina. Or if you’ve watched the inspirational 2006 film documentary, “A Man Named Pearl.”

Fryar will be at the Mount in Lenox on Sunday for two sessions (11am & 1:30pm) of “Love, Peace and Goodwill: A Talk and Demonstration with Topiary Artist Pearl Fryar,” in which he’ll discuss his work and demonstrate how his designs take shape. Tix are $20.

Then from 5-7pm on Sunday, the Mount will host a reception – including champagne and food by Mezze Catering – highlighted by an auction featuring four of Fryar’s specially designed topiary plants, as well as a number of other items. Tix are $55.

All proceeds from the talk/demonstrations, as well as the reception/auction will benefit the Lift Ev’ry Voice Festival.

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