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Pearl Fryar 2

I posted about Pearl Fryar early on in the history of this blog.  Well I was very excited to get the chance to meet him today.  He is here at the ANLA Management Clinic as tomorrow’s keynote speaker.  Here was a man with no training in Horticulture of Design and he was surrounded by a group of industry leaders all clamoring to get some face time with his man.  He seemed to take it all in stride and wasn’t daunted at all.  Pearl has adjusted well to his new found fame but still maintains a humbleness that so many people with new found fame lose.  I can’t wait to hear him speak tomorrow.  If you haven’t seen it you have to order and watch A Man named Pearl which you can buy on his webpage linked above.

Topiary is a dying art that has gone out of vogue and is just starting to make a comeback; here is a man of humble beginnings that is taking an art form formerly reserved for the wealthy and helping to bring this back into the spotlight.  How cool is all of this!  Pearl has broken through racial, economic, social and horticultural molds and made an impact on all of these.  He is a man to be admired

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Disney’s Topiary

Friends of mine were just in Orlando and had a chance to go behind the scenes with Disney Horticulture.  I was fortunate to get access to Loriena Harrington’s  pictures and she has allowed me to share those with you.  For any of you that have been to Disney you have see the wide array of Topiary that fills the parks; well here are some behind the scenes pictures of what goes on.  I am particularly impressed with the wide variety of plant material that is used to create the different feels and textures they are looking for.  I think these are very cool.

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