A Walk in the Garden…

Pearl Fryer Topiary GardenFryer Topiary Garden
Go to a place that’s whimsical, educational and inspiring! Located in Bishopville, the Pearl Fryer Topiary Garden contains over 300 individual plants, complemented by Pearl’s “junk art” sculptures that are placed throughout. With no previous topiary experience, Pearl Fryar started work on his garden in the early 1980s. In 1985, Pearl was awarded Yard of the Month by the Bishopville Iris Garden Club, and by the mid-1990s, Pearl’s garden received national attention and was featured in several newspaper and magazine articles as well as several television shows. Pearl Fryar’s topiaries are considered to be living sculptures that represent unique artistry and horticulture. Formed into abstract shapes, many of the plants in the garden were “throwaways” rescued from the compost pile at local nurseries that were too “ugly” or too sick to sell. Pearl planted all the trees and shrubs guests see on their visit and turned them into the most impressive topiaries. Open daily from 10am-4pm year-round. 145 Broad Acres Rd., Bishopville. Free admission, but donations are encouraged. 803-484-5581. www.pearlfryar.com

South Carolina Botanical Garden
Explore this beautiful 295-acre display garden!  Visit the Fran Hanson Discovery Center to pick camelliaup a garden map to help you navigate woodlands, streams, paths, niche gardens and more. The Garden is home to a wildflower meadow and many specialty gardens, including over 300 varieties of camellias, and an extensive collection of hollies, hydrangeas, magnolias and native plants. Open daily from dawn to dusk, free of charge. 150 Discovery Lane in Clemson. 864-656-3405  www.clemson.edu/public/scbg

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Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
The Carolinas’ garden for all seasons is located within 380 acres on the banks of Lake Wylie! Features 12 amazing gardens, sparkling fountains, a conservatory dedicated to the display of tropical plants and orchids, a visitor pavilion, a garden store and nature trails. Attractions of the garden include: the 13,500 square foot Visitor Pavilion topped with a stained-glass dome, 10-acres of manicured, themed gardens (the year-round Four Seasons Garden, tropically-themed Canal Garden, Perennial Gardens-perfect for home garden inspiration, Cottage Garden, Conifer Garden, Encore Azalea Spring® and stately West Gardens) 12 fountains, nature trails, the Garden Store. Stop by the Wine Nook on your visit with an enjoyable glass or bottle of wine, before, during or after a Garden stroll! Admission fee. 6500 South New Hope Road, Belmont, NC. 704-825-4490  www.dsbg.org

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