On Saturday, Mar. 26, 2011, just in time for spring, Diggin It, Brookgreen Gardens’ spring garden festival, offers a day filled with valuable gardening ideas and outstanding topics from guest speakers Peal Fryar, Bryce Lane, and Brookgreen’s own expert horticultural staff. Brookgreen Gardens, a National Historic Landmark and non-profit organization, is located on US 17 between Myrtle Beach and Pawleys Island, SC, and is opened 9:30am-5pm daily. The spring garden festival is included in garden admission. Here’s a link to the complete schedule (http://www.brookgreen.org/DigginItGardenFestival.cfm).
Since the early 1980s, Pearl Fryar has created topiary at his garden in Bishopville, SC. Many of the plants in Pearl’s garden were rescued from the compost pile at local nurseries. With Pearl’s patience and skilled hands, these “throw aways” have thrived and have been transformed into wonderful abstract shapes. Pearl Fryar and his garden are now internationally recognized and have been the subject of numerous newspaper and magazine articles, television shows, and a documentary, A Man Named Pearl. His presentations are always very entertaining and inspirational.
“I like to let people see what they want to in my plants. The creativity comes in making a shape that speaks to me in one way but may say something else to everyone else,” said Pearl Fryar.
Bryce Lane, host of the Emmy Award winning television show In the Garden and instructor in the Department of Horticultural Science at NC State University, will give a talk entitled For the Love of Gardening: The Power to Change Your Point of View and Gardening on the Edge: Latest Trends in Gardening. In his 27 years of teaching at NCSU, Bryce’s accolades as an award-winning instructor and undergraduate teaching coordinator are impressive and well deserved. He truly has the unique ability to communicate his love for plants with contagious enthusiasm.
For more information, visit our web site at (www.brookgreen.org) or call 843/235-6000.