Brookgreen Gardens Spring Garden Festival

On Saturday, March 26, just in time for spring, Diggin It offers a day filled with valuable gardening ideas and outstanding topics from guest speakers Pearl Fryar, Bryce Lane, and Brookgreen’s own expert horticultural staff.

Free with garden admission.

Since the early 1980s, Pearl Fryar has created topiary at his garden in Bishopville, South Carolina. 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.” – Pearl Fryar
Bryce Lane, host of the Emmy Award winning television show In the Garden and instructor in the Department of Horticultural Science at N.C. 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.
After you’ve learned new gardening techniques at Diggin It, resist the temptation to plant too early in the spring. Wait until after the last frost of the season and come to our Plantacular Sale, Saturday and Sunday, April 16-17. You will have a chance to purchase high quality plants grown in our greenhouses and Brookgreen’s horticulture staff and volunteers will be on hand to offer advice in plant selection and other gardening tips.
Spring Garden Festival Schedule of SpeakersFree with garden admission

Wall Lowcountry Center Auditorium
10 – 11 a.m. – Bryce Lane, For the Love of Gardening: The Power to Change Your Point of View

11 am – 12 noon – Pearl Fryar, The Art of Topiary: Pearls of Wisdom

1 p.m. – 2 p.m. – Pearl Fryar, The Art of Topiary: Pearls of Wisdom

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Bryce Lane, Gardening on the Edge: Latest Trends in Gardening

Learning Lab I

10 a.m. – 11 a.m. – Brad Fowler and Blake Wilson, Brookgreen Horticulturists, The Cure for the Common Landscape: Practical Practices

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Sara Millar, Manager of Horticulture, Fabulous Foliage in the Garden: Using Foliage for Color, Contrast, and Texture

1 p.m. – 2 p.m. – Christine Todd, Greenhouse and Nursery Manager, Beauty on the Wing :How to Create a Haven for Butterflies and Hummingbirds in the Home Landscape


2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. – George Weich, VP for Horticulture, Orchids and Bromeliads Taking the Mystery out of the Exotic: An Introduction to Growing Orchids and Bromeliads

Demonstration Tent
10 am – 11 a.m. – Kandace Cavins – Senior Horticulturist, Bold and Beautiful Container Gardening with Contrast and Harmony

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Viki Richardson and Jon McGann – Brookgreen Horticulturists, Sustainable Home Gardening Meeting Your Present Needs without Compromising the Future

1 p.m. – 2 p.m. – Christy Anouilh – Brookgreen Horticulturist, Terrariums: Landscapes in Minia

Please note: Seating for presentations in the Wall Lowcountry Center Auditorium and Learning Lab One is limited.


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