Garden as art

There was a story this morning, on public radio, about Pearl Fryar of Bishopville, S.C., who has a topiary garden, pruning trees into amazing shapes. He compares pruning a tree to painting a picture.http://www.youtube.com/v/WfU2vzZrUho&hl=en&fs=1&

Some of the story mirrors ideas about Japanese gardens, but the results are totally different. "(H)e imagines what his elaborate topiaries will look like in a decade." Japanese gardeners begin with an idea of what each tree should look like and work toward that ideal, sometimes over generations. The Japanese are fortunate to have many people who will continue their tradition. Fryar, who will be 70 next month, is searching for someone to train, who will follow in his footsteps.

2 thoughts on “Garden as art

  1. And…..since I forgot something I wanted to say you get two notes today with pictures. 🙂
    You have created something very similar with your journaling here that combine with your travel books. Very special.

  2. What a wonderful place he has created with only three minutes training. Not knowing the rules enabled him to think outside the box. I so enjoy this.
    RYN: Journals. Since I remember so little of anything, these journals became my memory. Now years later, these will be what I will be remembered for. So I keep them, and I keep all the new stuff too….but on disc. 🙂

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