A Man Named Pearl

Here’s some help to clear your cob webs from last night.  Pearl Fryar, in a “A Man Named Pearl“, is a 68-year old man with no education in horticulture.  He creates an astonishing topiary garden in an economically depressed Bishopville, S.C. He infects his entire community and thousands of visitors who come to visit each year.  Pearl is a soft-spoken, humble, hard-working and self-made man.  An inspiration like no other.  Here is a 2-minute trailer to wet your appetite.

  • They really didn’t want him in this neighborhood because he wouldn’t keep up his yard
  • There will always be obstacles in life.  You can’t let those obstacles determine where you are going to go
  • The man can tame trees
  • The garden feels like it has a spirit within it
  • I wanted to create a feel that when you walked through, you felt differently than when you started

This 75-minute “Sunday-morning” feeling documentary is available instantly on Netflix or at Amazon here.  I watched this film 18-months ago. This man, his work and the feeling of his garden are still close…

Sources: Background and bio from Amazon


  1. Interesting. However Netflix is not available in India.
    Wish you All the Best.


  2. I have to watch the complete video, for these two minutes prompted tears…his garden is truly imbued with a spirit – his.


  3. What a voice he has and music reminded me of the Sunday Night Disney movie we would watch when we only had two channels on tv. Can’t wait to watch the video…love stories like this. Thanks Dave, you are off to a great start for 2013!!


  4. His name suits him perfectly. He is a pearl. Rare and unique and a true gift. Thanks for sharing.


  5. That was beautiful David…thanks for sharing that one. 🙂


  6. Absolutely enchanting, David, and the thing I love best is that he refused to let others define him, no easy task, especially in his surroundings. This is *definitely* going in the movie queue. Thank you for such a potent dose of inspiration on the first day of the new year! 🙂


  7. I am definitely going to have to watch that video. Thank you for enlightening me once again. Happy New Year


  8. Happy New Year! Eat more cookies!


  9. Alex Jones says:

    Awesome video to start a new year.


  10. And once again I feel as if the air has been taken from the room in a rush of self realization that in living life, I have been scratching the surface like…like the scrabbling of an insect across a sand dune…footsteps of sand… in comparison to this man who has left permanent imprints in the mind. Thanks David.


  11. Pure wonder…..


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