When we visited Pearl Fryar’s Topiary Garden in Bishopville, SC on our vacation a couple weeks ago, Pearl gave us an autographed calendar even though we had no cash on hand to pay for it. He was so trusting that we’d send him the money in the mail. I thought that was the cutest thing ever! It’s hard to find people that kind and trustworthy these days! We were so touched and glad that we got a calendar that we vowed to send him a nice thank you along with our payment for the calendar (plus a little bit extra as a donation for the garden.)
I felt that a typical thank you card would not be enough. We were so inspired by the garden and really enjoyed meeting Pearl that I wanted to make something memorable, and share my talents with him as he so happily shared his with us. So I drew a card for him with some trees and shrubs making the shape of “Thank” and “You” on the front cover with personalized messages from Matt and I inside. I also through in a B&W image of Pearl posing with us. Now hopefully he will always remember the nice couple from Chicago. Yeah, we tell people we are from Chicago when we are out of state. It is easier than saying “Naperville, a western suburb of Chicago”…that gets old.
If you want to read more about Pearl Fryar’s Topiary Garden, I recently blogged about it.
Here is another photo of the card I drew.
It was inspired by these trees:
And his house number shrubs: