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Topiary Expert Pearl Fryar to Visit Fishers, Ind., This Weekend to Kick Off Two-Week Celebration of Gardening


FISHERS, IND. (June 2, 2014) – As part of “Gardens & All Things Green,” a two-week celebration of gardening and horticulture in Hamilton County, Ind., noted topiary expert Pear Fryar will present a free lecture and topiary demonstration on Sunday, June 8, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Nickel Plate District Amphitheater in Fishers, Ind.

Fryar, the 80-year-old son of a sharecropper, is known for taking plants from the compost heaps at local landscapers and creating verdant masterpieces. He has been featured in the Los Angeles Times and Wall Street Journal, and has been the subject of a documentary film, A Man Named Pearl. The Pearl Fryar Topiary Garden is located in Bishopville, South Carolina.

Other Amphitheater gardening activities on June 8 include plant sales, food trucks, a topiary trimming competition between departments from the Town of Fishers, and a raffle for a Fryar topiary and some of the winning trimming competition topiaries. The day’s events run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Mr. Fryar is available Saturday, June 7, for media interviews and a topiary demonstration in studio or on location at Ambassador House in Fishers. 

With more than a dozen quality garden centers, numerous public gardens and heritage horticulture, Hamilton County will celebrate the joy of gardening in a two-week focus June 7-21. Tour gardens, take classes and enjoy demonstrations at a variety of places. For more information on other “Gardens & All Things Green” events in Hamilton County, visit