Pearl Fryar's Topiary Garden: A Cut Above Average

This self-taught topiary artist has created more than a collection of living sculptures.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionDark is no deterrent for Pearl's work. Neighbors – and his wife – report that it's commonplace to see Pearl hard at work into the wee hours of the night.

All About

Pearl used to work a shift job at a local can factory — 12 hours a day, four days on and four days off. After his 12 hours on the job, he'd come home, get out his tools and start working on his yard. It was common practice for him to trim till 1 a.m.

"I'd come home at seven, eight or nine at night and you'd see a little headlight on [Pearl's] lawnmower, and you'd wake up the next morning and the whole property would have a haircut," says Raymond Bradley, a neighbor who watched the Fryar garden mature and grow.