24 October 2006 | gwenhwyfir
One person CAN make a difference
Pearl was the son of sharecroppers in North Carolina. His father told him he was going to be "somebody" when he grew up. Sure enough, after working in a factory for 36 years, Pearl started something phenomenal. He began to trim bushes. Turns out, Pearl is an artist with plants, trees, and bushes. He creates sculptures, gardens, and topiaries out of thrown-away plants from the local nursery in Bishopsville, South Carolina. Challenged by a rather racist comment, Pearl gives himself wholly to something he loves - topiaries. What happens is magical. The whole town has been changed by the beauty of Pearl's gardens. Buses of people come daily to visit his home. You'll never meet a more down-to-earth person or a harder worker. Living his life through his passion, he has touched countless people.
My family and I saw this movie at Indianapolis' Heartland Film Festival, along with a nearly sell- out crowd on a Tuesday evening. Everyone loved it. My heart was warmed as I remembered that truly, one person can make a difference in the lives of others. God bless Pearl for his strength and courage!