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.