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 CaptionSelf-taught topiary artist Pearl Fryar uses a power trimmer to fine-tune a high-level sculpture. Many of the abstract sculptures in his yard are 20 to 30 feet tall.

All About

It all started with a yearning to have his three acres picked as "yard of the month" by the local garden club. Pearl Fryar took out his clippers and started shaping his shrubs. Pretty soon his work was nothing like the conventional little meatballs — or even animal shapes — that you see in most topiaries. That was in the mid 1980s. Several years later, the Bishopville, S.C., resident "got serious."

Says Pearl, "A cut-above-average for me is in shapes."

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