This DVD is an enchanting documentary that focuses on an extraordinary African-American man and the community that has been brought to life by his artistry and positive attitude.
|You’ll see the topiary art of Pearl Fryar in the DVD that tells of the impact this man and his garden have made on his South Carolina town.|
Working in his spare time and using plants from the scrap pile of a local nursery, he created an exquisitely beautiful garden, becoming the first African-American man to win the “Yard of the Month” award in Bishopville, S.C.
Now his 3-acre garden receives approximately 5,000 visitors a year who can depend upon their friendly host to share stories and explanations of his work.
His neighbors have been so impressed with what he has done that many of them have created topiary works in their yards. The mayor talks about how the garden has put their town on the map again.
The minister at the New Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church reveals his most popular parishioner’s solid Christian faith and his spiritual impact on everyone he meets. We are reminded of this aspect of Fryar’s character when we read the words etched into the garden’s lawn: Love, Peace and Goodwill.
Every once in a while, a film comes along that takes you by surprise as you can feel the wonder and delight sweeping through you. A Man Named Pearl is one of those movies.
We rejoiced in its messages: There is nothing so worthless or junky that it cannot be used to create something of beauty. Put love into what you do and people will respond with gratitude and joy. In our gardens, we can draw close to nature and nourish our souls (New Video Group; not rated).
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